Title: Girl Online (Girl Online #1)
Author: Zoe Sugg
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 3 stars
Review: I’ve wanted to read this book forever, but now I’ve finally read it, and…meh.
Penny blogs about life, school, her friends, and even occasionally about the panic attacks which plague her. After a humiliating event involving her underwear and the whole school play cast, Penny wants nothing better than to crawl into a hole and die. That’s when a travel opportunity appears, and it’s off to New York! Of course a boy gets involved, but that’s when her trouble really starts.
The best way I can describe this book is that it’s like a cute filler episode in a tv show – it’s sweet, and adorable and everything, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really have any point and it’s just a time filler. I read both this and the sequel – ‘Girl Online On Tour’ – within about a day, and I came out of it no better than I went in, except perhaps a little amused.
I went into it, expecting Young Adult, but it was really more like a Middle Grade book, to be honest.
The whole relationship between Penny and Noah was very cute, but it didn’t feel realistic. I’m very much a romantic, and a fan of ‘suspension of disbelief’ but this pushed that a little. It was a little too much like insta-love for my mind. Also, to me, it’s a little weird that an eighteen year old guy is falling for a girl who’s only fourteen/fifteen – that’s not that realistic, at least not in any way that isn’t predatory.
It’s not a good sign when I enjoy a supporting character rather than the main character in a book. I actually loved Penny’s best friend Elliot – he’s smart, and funny, and caring, and I wish he was my best friend. They even have a knocking signal through the wall – that’s adorable!!!
Personally, I didn’t like it, but obviously other people love it -judging by the rate of book sales in its first week – so I’m not bashing the book. I’m just stating that I didn’t like it that much beyond a cute filler book, and leaving it at that.