Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (Zoella) ((Spoilers))


Woohoo! Hey, again, it’s time for Round 2 of the Review Fest.

How did I get it? I bought it, well technically my parents bought me some books but they were really violent so I exchanged them.


I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, 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 a clichéd, fluffy story about a redhead photographer who has anxiety issues and is dealing with the stresses of teenage life ie. Messing up in front of a snotty boy who you like and having a bossy core for a best friend. This is obviously the extent of every fifteen year old girls problems.

The book was not badly written, not at all but it wasn’t the best either. I wanted some kind of emotion but all I got was emptiness. I guess that’s what I would expect from a YouTuber with no writing experience. But Wahey! She didn’t even write it, it was ghost written by Siobhan Curham. She claims the idea was her own but at least now, Siobhan is credited on Goodreads.

The characters were nice, if not lacking a bit of growth. Penny is okay, shy, a little bit of a pushover who falls in love with a bit instantly (instalove) who she thinks is perfect. This boy is not perfect but in fact a popstar who she has conveniently never heard of. This boy, Noah, is in fact supposedly gorgeous, guitar strumming, tortured soul who had been dealing with grief most of his life. Then there’s Eli her mostly unsupportive best friend, who is full of useless facts and supposed ahmaZING fashion sense.

She captures every moment of it on her blog, where she wrote dull posts about subjects of great importance, that if written right could help a lot of people. However she still gets a great response, what?!? I really don’t understand, so many great and purposeful bloggers don’t get much recognition. The world of fiction is mad.

My fave quote:

“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.”

Overall it was an easy book that was not horrible but not amazing. It was OK. It’s great to get you out of your reading slump and is perfectly fine if you put media issues aside. I give this book 3/5 stars


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