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
Filled with humor, adorable romance and life’s deeper issues there is no doubt that Girl Online is written extremely well by Zoe herself.
I’ve been following Zoe’s channel Zoella for about a year now so there was no way I was not going to read her book. It still feels unreal holding the book in my hands and I can only imagine how surreal ti must be for her.
Starting with the positives. I knew I would instantly like this book because of one factor: it involves blogging, our main character Penny blogs about her life and the issues she is having much like Zoe’s blog. There are funny light hearted moments but there are also some serious issues.
Of course the most prominent issue that Zoe wanted to raise awareness for was anxiety. By showing the protagonist’s battle against anxiety and panic attack as well as the methods you can control such things Zoe has created a novel which will inspire many teens to overcome their challenges.
There are also other teenage problems such as cyber bullying which reveals the dark side of the internet cough haters cough. Penny experiences friendship issues such as falling out and I absolutely adore her best friend Elliot who’s parents aren’t okay with his sexuality. All these things make the novel so relate able to myself and many teenagers who face similar issues.
Okay now onto the romance, I was physically giggling and awwing at the cuteness overload between Penny and Noah (the male protagonist). Although the bomb shell was pretty predictable (people who’ve read the book know what I’m on about) but I still love how everything came together in the end.
The characters in the book were supposed to be in their late teens but at times it felt like they were thirteen to be honest. Not that there’s anything wrong with that I just feel like this novel was aimed at a younger age group or maybe I’m just a mature reader?
Girl Online as Zoe’s debut novel is a fun quick read which is just a nice little package of teenage problems, romance, blogging and the simple cute things in life really.