Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Genre: YA contemporary
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Hello bookworms! Today I will be reviewing Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, my first official book of 2o17!! Let me start off my saying that I did not read this book because Zoe Sugg wrote this. I have only watched one or two videos of hers on YouTube, and I would not consider myself a Zoella fan. This review is my unbiased opinion 🙂
I bought this book because:
- The cover is super cute.
- I just wanted a lighthearted easy story.
And a lighthearted easy story is what I got! I’ve been doing a lot of reading for school (all classics,) and I really wanted to read something for fun. I decided on this, and though it has flaws, I enjoyed it.
The story has a good premise. It’s about Penny, who has a blog where she anonymously writes about her life. She goes by Girl Online (hence the name of this book.) Penny receives advice from her viewers about everything, especially the panic attacks she starts suffering from. When things in Penny’s life get pretty bad, her family takes the opportunity to go to New York City for the Holidays. In New York, Penny meets Noah, a teenage musician who she falls hard for.
I liked Penny as a main character. I found her relatable and quirky. I liked how even though she was going through a hard time in the book she stood up for herself and made a conscious effort to change her life.
I have more mixed feelings about Noah. I think he was too old for Penny, and I definitely don’t think he should have kept such a secret from Penny! (You’ll have to read the book to learn more about that…) On the other hand, the adventure he whisks Penny on in NYC is super cute.
Elliot (Penny’s next door neighbor best friend,) was a good character. He was slightly annoying, over dramatic, but very funny. Everyone needs a bestie like Elliot! Except maybe a little more loyal 😉
My favorite part of the book was watching Penny (from England,) come to America. I thought it was funny that she was confused about driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. Also,the first day that Noah and Penny had in New York. Their developing relationship was pretty sweet but…..
What parents would let their fifteen year old run around New York with a stranger (who is three years older than her!?!!) And I get that people can be attracted to people at first sight, but it’s kinda unbelievable that a fifteen-year old girl thinks she found her soul mate after spending a few hours with him.
Also, I don’t understand how Penny had never heard of panic attacks. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they’re a pretty well-known thing.
There were a few more little things that bothered me but the biggest thing is that Zoe Sugg didn’t actually write Girl Online. She hired someone to write it for her, and put her name on it because she knew it’d sell. This bothers me because I think that if you don’t know how to/ like to write, you shouldn’t have a book.
So there’s a lot of things I didn’t like, but the bottom line is although it wasn’t very realistic, I liked reading it, and although this probably won’t be a book I treasure and re-read, I think that it was worth while. Therefore I am awarding it 3 ½ stars!
Thanks so much for reading! Have you read this book? Do you want to? Tell me your thoughts below!