Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review | Girl Online


So when I went on holiday, I managed to read all 4 of the books I included in my 4 Summer Reads post within those 2 weeks – I know, I read really fast. And that post got a lot of comments about what people thought of some of the books I included and also that some of you wanted to know my opinion once I had finished them all. Now that I have done just that, I am starting to write my verdict for you, and Zoe’s novel is going to be the first.

Girl Online is everywhere, it was number 1 bestseller and I can totally understand why. Zoe Sugg syndrome is taking over the teenage girls of today, why? Who knows, she’s just a very likeable person I guess! This book sold more copies than that of J.K. Rowling I do believe, in a very short space of time. Again, I can completely understand why.

At first I was really unsure because a few of my friends had started to read this long before me and said they had struggled to get into it and thought it was aimed more at the younger spectrum of Zoe’s fandom. I was really disappointed when I heard this to be honest, but I went ahead and read it anyway because Zoe has been my idol for a really long time now and I really wanted to read her first novel because it was a really proud moment for me as someone who has followed her on this journey since pretty much the beginning.

I know I’m super late to the bandwagon on this book because the second one is coming out very, very soon, but I’ve had this book for ages I just never got round to reading it with revision and exams. However, now I have, here you go!

I absolutely loved it. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read, honest. And I’m not just saying that because I love Zoe so much, it was totally unexpected. The blurb says that Noah has a secret that could threaten Penny’s alias but I never imagined Noah’s secret being what it was and that made the book super exciting for me.
It is really your typical teen love novel but I’m a sucker for those! I always have been! I grew up reading Jaqueline Wilson and other authors like her so this book reminded me a lot of those. I think Zoe also read a lot of Jaqueline Wilson growing up if I remember rightly, so maybe she wanted to try and recreate that kind of style in her own way, I don’t know maybe she didn’t.

I think along with anyone else who has read this book fell in love with Noah. He is just the dream boy in a love story and I think most teenage girls would fall for that character. I also felt like I could relate to Penny in some ways. Of course Penny has extreme anxiety which is where her blog started and I am lucky to not suffer from anxiety to this extremity, but the blogging thing and her not wanting people to find out about it, I could really relate to that part. When I first started my blog I didn’t want anyone to find out, Penny didn’t want anyone to know about hers either. I think most people who are blog owners probably felt this way at the very begging, or even still now. So it’s very relatable to people of the blogging world. I think that allows you to get closer to the character and become more a part of the story than just someone sitting watching from a distance.

I think it took me about 4 days to read this book in total, so you could say I enjoyed it a little bit. I honestly couldn’t take my head out of it! I don’t want to say too much about the story itself because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t yet read this incredible book, but if you haven’t I highly recommend you do.

As for the thing I said earlier about it being aimed at the younger spectrum of Zoe’s audience, I think she has had to be careful and very wary of the age of a lot of her viewers. Zoe’s videos are so popular and she has such a broad range of people watching, and a lot of them are very young. Zoe will have had to think a lot about this while she was writing this book because she can’t make it too mature as you can guarantee these younger viewers will want to read her book. However, she has still catered for the teenage viewers in my opinion, because in places it’s quite an adult/teenage love story, but not in a way that it’s inappropriate for her younger viewers. What I’m trying to say here is yes I can understand if you maybe found this book a little immature for your age if your about 15 or 16 like me, but she has of course had to be careful about the adult content she included.

As for Girl Online On Tour, I am super excited to read it and I honestly can’t wait for it to come out! Girl Online doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger as such, it just leaves you wanting to know more about the lives of Penny and Noah and what happens to them afterwards. Thank you Zoe for writing a second book and not leaving us clueless as to where the pair goes after Girl Online.

That’s about all I have to say about Girl Online but as I say, if you haven’t yet read it and you like a good teenage romance, I recommend this book to you because I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Until next time!

Have you read Girl Online? What did you think? 

Love, Becca
-xoxo

20 comments:

  1. I also really enjoyed Girl Online, I read it so quickly as well. Can't wait for the next book!

    Tash Xx
    www.skindeep247.blogspot.com

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    1. It was amazing! I can't wait for the release! X

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  2. This book has been sitting on my shelf since Christmas and I am yet to pick it up! I think it will be my next read!
    Ellen x
    ellenelizabethxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I highly recommend giving it a whirl! It's probably not for everybody but I loved it! X

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  3. I really love this Book Becca, I've actually reviewed it on my blog. I love the way that you never want to put the book down because you always want to see what happens next xx

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    1. That's how you know it's a good book! X

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  4. I tried to read Girl Online and I honestly couldn't finish it, it's the only Youtubers book I own because it had so much potential but overall I was extremly dissapointed. I completly agree when you said it was aimed at her younger audience and for me that ruined it as i felt it was poorly written and the plot was pretty boring and simple.

    Jess x

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    1. I completely agree, you're quite a bit older than me and a lot more mature but it's not for everyone x

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  5. Not to rain on your parade or anything but I really really didn't like this book.. I felt it was really stereotypical and I just thought it was rubbish. But I found this post very interesting to read, you're a very talented writer, Becca!

    Edie x
    thelifeofedie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I totally get you though, it's not for everyone I'm just a sucker for stereotypical stuff! Thanks Edie! X

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  6. Wow good review, actually kind of makes me want to read it! I've been apprehensive because I too have heard that it was aimed at the more younger demographic, sounds interesting! x

    ratherstrangeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It definitely is aimed at younger audiences but to be honest, I love the stereotypical stuff so I really enjoyed it! X

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  7. I’ve always wanted to check this out, i’ve managed to read zero books over the summer (whoops), yet i’ve read loads and loads of wattpad book hahah. But if I have the time I should defiantly check this out

    Ambra x fridaysarefab.blogspot.com

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    1. I used to read wattpad all the time! I really enjoyed it though I know not everyone does as you can see by some of the comments haha! X

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  8. I read this book really fast too as, like you, I got really into it - the characters were quite easy to relate to. I do agree with your friends on how it seems like it was written for younger readers and I felt like it was really obvious at times. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it when I read it! Great post, Becca!

    Nia
    Nia Elinor Mair | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yeah it's definitely been aimed at the younger audience as I said but like you said, still quite an enjoyable read for me! X

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  9. I've never read Girl Online and not sure I ever will but I would LOVE it if Zoe wrote an autobiography, she has done so well for herself and is such an inspiration to so many people, it would be a really fascinating read!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. If Zoe did an autobiography I think I would cry for days, but I'm not sure if she ever would which makes me sad...

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  10. I read Girl Online and was really unsure too because I'm not always into the super girly chick flick books as this one appeared to be and obviously the drama surrounding the ghost writer but like you said, Noah's secret was such a surprise for me too! I was surprised at the ending which is always a winner for me. I actually really loved the book! I'm glad you did as well and I can't wait to hear more about the books you read this Summer xx

    www.theperks0fbeingemily.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I totally get what you mean Emily! At least you enjoyed it! x

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