Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Review

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Review
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

As mentioned in my previous Christmas: Lifestyle and Odds and Ends Presents post, I asked for the Girl Online book by Zoe Sugg for Christmas. 

It was the fastest selling debut novel by any UK writer, which can be explained through her millions of adoring followers and general (and scarily massive) presence on the internet. She was criticised for not writing the book entirely by herself, but having the help of a ghostwriter. Ironically, she named the ghostwriter in her acknowledgements, but that's her choice and if I was in that situation I would have been more open about the process of writing the book, but again, that's her choice. Now on to the review!

Plot: In short, Penny is an anonymous  blogger and uses her blog to talk about her feelings, relationships, school etc. Then her family take a trip to New York where she meets Noah, but his secret threatens Penny's blog and friendships, and I think you can work out the rest from there! 

Review: With any teen and chic-lit book, they're something enjoyable and relaxing to read. It was an enjoyable book to read, and I liked seeing something that features blogging and internet hate, because they're only just being picked up by the press an public. 

Personally, I feel like more time and care could've been taken into writing it, as it did feel rushed and slightly clumsy at times. I know fiction is suppose to be just that, fiction, but the character Noah just seemed too perfect, as well as their relationship and you're left thinking "Could that really happen though?" The characters themselves were well thought out and of course I loved the references to the places and shops in Brighton!

Overall, it is a good read for young people and teens. It draws you into their relationship and immerses you deeply into the book, as all novels should do. I'm curious to see what the second book will be, whether it'll be a sequel or another online-influenced book.

What do you think of this book review? Have you read it yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

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