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Monday, 29 December 2014

BOOK REVIEW- GIRL ONLINE

TITLE:  Girl Online
AUTHOR: Zoe Sugg
PUBLISHER:  Penguin 
AGE GROUP: 12+
RATING:  3.5/5

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.

Penny Porter is an anxiety ridden, shy and conscientious teenage girl. She despised herself- looking in the mirror and wishing to be somebody else- often trying to live up to the social normalities of a fifteen year old girl. But, Penny often finds comfort in her best friend Elliott, and her blog: Girl Online. She blogs about her worries, issues, and embarrassing experiences that she has witnessed. Penny ends up building a loyal readership- especially after she blogs about her anxiety problems. But what will happen to Penny when she gets whisked off to New York for Christmas; will it all go upside down for Girl Online?

Sugg has clearly developed her characters very well- using her own experiences to make them very realistic. I think every single teenager could relate to at least one, (or more), of the characters in Girl Online. Obviously, the novel tackles the issue of anxiety, but it also tackles homophobia, online safety, and teenage confidence; Girl Online would definitely appeal to a wide range of the teenage audience. I also liked how Penny had blossomed over the course of the novel, I felt like I watched her turn from a wilting flower, to a whole bunch of fresh, beautiful roses...

Some parts of Girl Online felt quite sugary to me, and a bit too sweet. Interestingly, as I was reading the novel- I felt I could predict what was going to happen. But- there was a shock plot twist at the end of the book- making me ravenous to read the last fifty pages. Overall, the sentences were quite short: and not very structured. Saying this- the good plot and the sound characters did cover it up. The anxiety element of the novel potentially could have been executed better. I rate it a 3.5/5 hoots- if you are a fan of Zoe Sugg-, you should give Girl Online a go. There has been stories in the media about the novel being ghost written- ghost written or not- I still believe Girl Online is a solid, easy read.







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  1. I think I can easily relate to Penny. Like her, I suffer from anxiety. But I don't like it when a book is predictable to the point where I roll my eyes and stop reading. Hopefully this book won't end up like that. Addig this to my tbr pile.

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    1. Penny is definitely a relatable character. Thanks for visiting! :)

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