Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Genre: Children’s Love & Romance
I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever
When YouTube star and internet personality Zoe Sugg (Zoella) announced in 2014 that she was writing a novel, her fans went crazy and people questioned whether she was actually ‘writing’ the book herself and not just putting her name to someone else’s work. Nevertheless, this star’s debut novel broke the record for the highest first-week sales of a first-time novelist. Proving the power and influence of the internet in this day and age.
When this book came out, I had reservations about reading it since I am a lot older than 80% of Zoella’s fan base, so assumed it would be ‘too young’ for my liking. I have watched her since I was about 14 and have definitely grown up with her in my life. So, eventually, I caved in and bought the book.
I was definitely surprised at how quick I read this book, proving that it is a very easy read and that it is intended for Zoe’s young audience. But, it did exceed my expectations in some areas. For example, within the story the protagonist ‘Penny’ deals with some very real problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, friends and relationships (even though the relationship part can be seen as cliche). This is a very good thing, because it encourages the readers to speak out about things like that if they are experiencing them.
My overall conclusion about this book is that it does have some cliche elements, and can been seen as a ‘typical teenage girl’ book. But, it has been written very well, and has some very important messages within the story about mental health and being a teenager that could help the audience that are reading it.
Rating: 3 stars!