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There’s been a rise of youtubers writing intriguing autobiographies and novels lately, like the past review I published on Joey Graceffa’s My Journey to a Pixelated World and Binge written by Tyler Oakley. Zoe Sugg, better known by her youtube name Zoella, is the author of the fiction book Girl Online. Sugg usually makes videos about beauty tips and the like for a huge number of fans and subscribers. Girl Online is the first book Zoe Sugg has written and is already a bestseller.

The story of this novel revolves around a soon to be 16 year old English girl named Penny who lives in the coastal part of Brighton in England. She’s decided to write a cute blog where she can share personal stories with the anonymous code name Girl Online. Her family owns a somewhat popular yet beautiful wedding planning shop that Penny frequently works at. Business is slow however, and the family begins to look towards a grim future when out from nowhere comes a filthy rich couple asking for a Downton Abbey themed wedding. Penny’s parents are ecstatic about the huge business opportunity, there is one catch however. The couple wants the wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, and they only have a few days to get it all planned before they get married on Christmas Eve.

Penny is happy for her family, but doesn’t want to go on the plane ride to New York despite her parent’s pleading. It’s because Penny has a secret she’s been keeping from everybody, except her best friend Elliot. She’s been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, which she’s been writing off as mere flukes and nothing too concerning. However, something highly embarrassing happens to dear Penny that is so horrible her parents whisk her away from the UK and take her to New York with them. That’s where she meets him. A mysterious and handsome rocker boy New Yorker named Noah. Everything seems so sweet and amazing as she bonds with this boy who may be her soulmate, or so she thinks. Nothing is as perfect as it seems however, and magic soon turns to disaster. In order to find out what befalls Penny and her new found love, you’ll have to read the book!

Girl Online is a classic example of girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl falls in love. Yet it has a huge twist close to the end that makes you go WHAT! At first, I wasn’t really that into this book. I thought the writing style wasn’t as in depth or developed as most of the books I’ve read before. I also thought that it started to be a little “cheesy” and predictable. However, my mind was quickly changed as I became completely engrossed in the story of young Penny. Sugg’s writing style is similar to my own, but she is definitely talented enough to create a brilliant story. She manages to create a story that is not only entertaining, but also teaches a lesson. In the ever expanding cyber world, Sugg illustrates a realistic event that could happen to anyone. There are plenty of people out there who will support you online, but even more that will try to tear you down and call you names from the safety of their computer screen. Girl Online was a heart-warming tale, and I learned a lot about the online world in the process.

 

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