Review: Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

 

My Review

“One thing I’ve learnt recently is that blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” 

It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I wasn’t too happy with the first book, I decided to still read ‚Girl Online: Going Solo‘. I liked the second book better than the first one and hoped that I’d maybe also like this book better than the second one. After finishing it though, I can say that this unfortunately wasn’t the case; but I still liked it and would put it on the same level as ‘Girl Online: On Tour’.

GOGS is a very quick and fun read. It’s a cute story and overall the entire Girl Online series is just a bunch of sweet books that are perfect for teenage girls. But even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still enjoyed them so you shouldn’t shy away from these books only because you’ve already entered your twenties.

So overall, this was a great read but there were still a couple of things that bothered me. Unfortunately, I still felt like the main character Penny, was sometimes still acting quite childish for her age and at some points I felt like I was reading about a thirteen-year-old and not about a girl that’s almost seventeen. In my review of the second book, I also complained about the fact that she is a very clumsy character and a lot of the moments in which she was being her ‘clumsy self’ just felt very forced and unrealistic, as if Zoe Sugg was just trying her hardest to make Penny more relatable. In my opinion, this has definitely improved in this book and even though there were still one or two scenes in which it bothered me, she was less clumsy and her clumsy moments were definitely more realistic.

Another thing that bothered me was Sugg’s usage of ‘OK’ instead of just using ‘okay’. But I’ve already complained about that enough in my other reviews, especially in the one of the first book. I also still don’t know if it’s maybe just a common thing in the UK to write ‘OK’ instead of ‘okay’ because if that’s the case, I hope all of you that are from the UK can forgive me for being annoyed with it.

What I loved about this book though, is how it was once again set mainly in Brighton and this time featured a lot of places I’ve been to before. Reading about them just brought back so many great memories and made me really happy. It’s one of the things I just love about reading books set in places I’ve visited before and it just made reading GOGS even more enjoyable.

All in all, this was a good book and I’m glad I decided to read the entire series even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book. I decided to give ‘Girl Online: Going Solo’ 4 out of 5 stars and even though I enjoyed it, I still hope that this is the last part in this series because I think it’s a fitting conclusion to it.

Have you already read ‘Girl Online Going Solo’ and did you enjoy it? 🙂

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Review: Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis:

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

 

My review:

“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.” 

After having read Girl Online, I already knew that I’d definitely have to read Girl Online On Tour. Not because I absolutely fell in love with the first book in this series but because many people said that the second book is a lot better than its predecessor. Girl Online had many flaws and some of them were still present in this book but it was definitely a lot better than the first book.

Just like the first book, GOOT was a very quick read and I managed to finish the book within a few hours. But it wasn’t very gripping and I didn’t feel like I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was just one of these books that are very easy to read and make you feel like you don’t have to think about anything at all and can forget about your real life for a second. You just read the book and suddenly you’re on the last page. There also weren’t any proper plot twists in this book and nothing that happened really surprised me.

Even though the female protagonist Penny was a year older in this book, she was still very childish and extremely naïve at some points of the novel. She literally just trusted everyone and any normal person would’ve realized that some of the people were just pretending to be nice and didn’t actually mean what they said. But Penny didn’t realize that and had to learn it the hard way. She also still was very clumsy, unrealistically clumsy in my eyes, but I have already criticized that in my review of Girl Online and I’m not going to talk about it again now.

But one positive thing when it comes to the characters was that Noah wasn’t as childish as he was in the first book. Finally, he acted a little more like an 18-year-old and I was honestly very glad about that.

I also really liked the writing style and I almost leaped for joy when I saw that there weren’t that many “OK”s in this book. Yes, there still were some of them and I would’ve preferred it if they had been changed to okay, but it was a lot better than it was in the first book and it didn’t drive me crazy anymore.

All in all, this was a nice and quick read that still had some flaws. But GOOT was a lot better than GO and so I just have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because I gave GO 3 stars. The Girl Online Series will probably never be one of my favorite book series in the world but I think I’m still gonna read the third book, Girl Online Going Solo. Even though Penny is quite an annoying main character, almost as annoying as America and Eadlyn in the Selection series, I’ve still grown fond of characters like Elliot, Noah or Alex, so I definitely won’t give up on this series and I’m hoping that GOGS will be even better than this book.

Have you already read Girl Online On Tour and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Author: Zoe Sugg, Siobhan Curham (Ghostwriter)

Pages: 352

Genre: Young Adult

Series: Book 1 – Girl Online Series

Published by: Penguin Random House UK

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

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.
My review:

“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.”

 

I love Zoe and I love her YouTube channel. I’ve been watching her videos for a couple of years now and I instantly knew that I’d have to read her book when she talked about it for the first time.

For some reason it took me almost two years to finally pick up the book but now that she’s already announced her third book, I knew that I had to finally get myself a copy.

Since the book has been announced, I’ve heard lots of negative things about it which, next to the book having been ghostwritten, made me be really skeptical about actually being able to like this book.

It took me about two days to get through Girl Online and it definitely wasn’t one of these gripping reads that glues you to the book. But even though I didn’t absolutely love the book, I also didn’t hate it and I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

Penny, the female protagonist, was a character I really liked. She was a sweet teenage girl and I liked how she wasn’t one of these perfect characters, but more of a clumsy one with some flaws. But even though I liked that, I was also felt like she was a character I had already seen many times before. She was not only clumsy, but extremely clumsy and embarrassed herself in like every situation possible. In some situations I felt like there was just too much clumsiness and she turned into one of these overly clumsy characters you see in so many Young Adult books.

The male protagonist was Noah, an eighteen-year-old guy from New York City. Many said that they would want to have him as a boyfriend, but I must say that I don’t belong to that group of readers. It’s not only because he’s 18 and I’m 19, I would be okay with that. But my problem with him was that he doesn’t act like an eighteen-year-old boy. He was very innocent and also a little childish; he did things and said things guys his age wouldn’t usually do or say. I’m not saying that there’s a specific way you should act when you’re 18, but he’s an adult after all and was still acting as if he was Penny’s age, who’s only 15. From personal experience I know that there’s a big difference between being 15 and being 18 and you change a lot throughout that time. I just felt like he should’ve acted a bit more mature and I was genuinely surprised when I read that he was 18. I thought he was 16.

Penny was a character that also seemed to be very similar to Zoe which means that anxiety also played a big role in this book. That`s what I really liked about Girl Online, I thankfully don’t have a problem with anxiety and panic attacks but I know that lots of people out there are struggling with both. It was really interesting to learn more about it and kind of get to know what it may feel like to live with anxiety.

I also loved to be able to read her blog posts and how all the text messages she received and sent were displayed in little bubbles, the way you also see it on your phone. But there was also one thing that really annoyed me. I liked the writing style of the author of the book. I might not have loved her style and her writing style won’t become one of my favorite one’s ever, but the book was easy to read and there weren’t too many repetitions or other things that annoyed me. But like I’ve said before, there was something that really got on my nerves. It were the “OKs”. Yes, you read that right. The OKs. Whenever one of the characters said that something was okay, it was spelled “OK”. And even when the author described something as okay, she wrote: “It was OK.”

Maybe I’m the only one who was driven crazy by that but it was just getting on my nerves to see this on every page. She used OK so often and whenever I got to the next page of the book, several OKs immediately caught my eye. I made notes while reading the book and I realized the OKs at around the 15th page and from then on, I was about to go crazy whenever I saw another OK (you can open the book at some random place and you’ll definitely find one to 6 OKs). It’s weird how two capital letters managed to get on my nerves so much.

But all in all this was still an enjoyable and sweet read. Girl Online definitely has its flaws and it definitely didn’t manage to get on the list of my favorite books ever. But I’ll still read the second book from this series because many said it’s already way better than the first one.

3 out of 5 stars for Girl Online.

Have you read Girl Online? And if you have, did you like it?