Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 2015
GIRL ONLINE is the stunning debut romance novel by YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.
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.
– Summary from Goodreads
If you’ve been wondering what Girl Online is about, it is this-
Introduction to our main character Penny’s life, embarrassing things happen, Penny meets cute boy, they fall in love, they do happy stuff, the obvious twist and finally a happy ending.
Girl Online uses almost every YA Trope:
- Insta ( Insta) love
- generic brother
- generic love interest
- Parents absent at convenient times
- Angst because apparently communication is a forgotten art
- The gay best friend
- The mean girl
- The popular guy who actually likes the “plain” MC
Everything! It has everything!
Girl Online also touches upon anxiety and panic attacks. It was why I wanted to read it in the first place.
I had thought Girl Online would be about a girl who escapes reality via writing, copes with her anxiety through writing.
I was wrong. It’s about a girl who meets a boy and falls in love in a few days. For about 200 pages, they do lovey-dovey stuff like- go to a secret restaurant, spend Christmas together with their families…etcetera etcetera.
And I love cute stuff! But that is all that happens! Also I expected anxiety to play a more prominent role in the story.
I liked the dynamic between Penny and her best friend Elliot. I loved Elliot. I was more interested in his story than Penny’s.
I didn’t like Girl Online, not because it was cheesy. I love cheesy romances. I love tropes(when done properly). I don’t mind reading 300 pages of fluff and cuteness. My problem was with how it was written.
After the first couple of chapters, the writing got sort of uninspiring.
Penny’s blog posts are supposed to be heart touching and inspiring! It’s her story- her battle with anxiety. But I felt nothing!
The writing is what you expect from maybe a wattpad novel or an unedited draft. Not from a #1 NYT Bestseller!
I was very disappointed.
Do I recommend it?
No. Girl Online was not a very good book. Don’t make it a priority on your TBR.
Have you read Girl Online? What did you think of it? Is Girl Online on your TBR? Do you plan to read it soon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!