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Who doesn’t know her: Zoe Sugg, also known as Zoella. A big example for a lot of bloggers ánd youtubers. She released her first book, Girl Online, last year. I started reading a week ago and I finished yesterday. I’ve heard a lot about the book. It was first of all the best-selling debut of all time, looking at the sales figures of the first week. Later came out that Zoe would have gotten help form a ‘Ghost Writer’: someone who would have helped her to write the book. This makes no difference to me, though. She’s not a professional writer. Today I’ll share my opinion with you on the book of the girl online!
Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. 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.
Girl Online is about Penny, a fifteen year old British girl from Brighton. She’s suffers from panic attacks that she’s been getting since she has been involved in a car accident with her parents. She blogs under the alias Girl Online, on her anonymous blog about what she’s experiencing in everyday life. This is the only place where she can truly be herself. Penny has to deal with problems that will be familiar to every teenager. She’s insecure, she has friends who turn out not to be her friends but she luckily has her family and her best friend Elliot who are always there for her.
If it turns out that Penny’s parents need to travel to New York for their job, she gets the opportunity to join them together with Elliot. In New York she meets Noah, a handsome guitarist with a down to earth look who helps her to control her panic attacks. For a moment her world seems perfect, but when she arrives back home…
The main character, Penny, was described very good and realistic. She’s a reflection of Zoe herself, which gives the book a bigger meaning. She’s so clumsy and knows how to embarrass herself very well. She loves photography and her writing skills are definitely on point.
Elliot is not only Penny’s best friend, but also her over-dramatic neighbour. Elliot has problems at home, which makes him a more realistic person. Zoe did this right.
And Noah… Where should we start? As Penny described him in her blog post, he’s a real ‘Prince Charming’. A typical guy that every girl dreams of. A true gentleman, kind for his little sister and he makes huts of blankets with fairy lights. Everything that a girl wants, Noah offers Penny.
I really enjoyed the romance between Penny and Noah. It made me all gooey inside, because for most part, the relationship between them is perfect. Although they went very fast in just a week, Zoe made you believe in the whole soulmate kind of thing. The actual storyline was not very surprising, but it was just very nice to read. The plot was kind of predictable, so don’t suspect anything from it.
The writing was my least favourite part of the novel. She used very easy language, much easier than I expected, while the book is aimed for young people (people from about my age). Also, the use of the word ‘say’ began the irritate me after a while.
The spots, Brighton in the United Kingdom and New York in the United States are very well described in my opinion. I haven’t been to both of the cities (yet), but the story was described so precisely that it felt like I was right there with them. It has also ensured that I cannot wait for my trip to England (and Brighton!) In July and August.
Overall, I find Girl Online a lovely and fun novel that addresses important issues such as friendship and insecurity. It’s definitely not my favourite book, but I certainly enjoyed it and I cannot wait for Zoe’s next book. I gave it three out of the five stars on Goodreads (www.goodreads.com).
This is just a really nice book if you just want to relax. I recommend it especially to Zoe’s friend, because they’re accustomed to her writing style, and furthermore to everyone who is looking for a nice and fun book that is easy to read away. Don’t expect a big plot twist or anything, but just read it with pleasure.
Have you read Girl Online already, and if so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments down below!