Author: Zoe Sugg Series: Girl Online #1 Date Published: November 25th 2014 Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary I had no ...

Author: Zoe Sugg
Series: Girl Online #1
Date Published: November 25th 2014
Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary

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 best friend absolutely loves Zoe Sugg. She watches all her videos. All videos of her friends. She bakes what Zoe Sugg bakes. She follows her makeup and style tips. She talks "British" and totally emulates Zoe Sugg. So of course the Zoe Sugg obsession has overlapped into my life. Overlapped in the sense that this book came out and my bestie went "READ THIS BOOK IT'S SO CUTE!" and so two months later I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED IT! AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

That's right! This is a very cute book, written by and heavily reflecting Zoe Sugg, and it takes place over Christmas!

SO about the story. Penny is a normal girl living in Brighton, England. She isn't a loser. She isn't popular. She's just normal like the most of us. She's awkward, adorable, spunky, yet shy. She loves her family and her best friend, Eliot. Eliot is her neighbor, a gay boy with a wild fashion sense and fun facts coming out the wazoo. They're a clumsy, funny pair that made me smile.

Penny suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. To deal with these things, and to cope with the woes of teenage life, she starts an anonymous blog where she takes on the name "Girl Online". By day time, she trips through life. By night, thousands of readers follow her relateable blog. 

Embarrassing events go down over the course of a few days and her humiliation is shared on social media, blowing up in her face and magnifying the shame. 

But then her parents get hired to plan a wedding Downton Abbey themed wedding in New York city over Christmas break and everything in Penny's life goes right. She meets a boy. Boy is awesome. Boy gives her presents. Boys family is lovely. All is right in the world. The world is magical and happy and sparkly and full of Christmas cheer.

Zoe didn't spend the whole book making Penny's struggles something deep and rare. Like, Penny wasn't a mythical anxiety unicorn that made us cry. And I absolutely loved how Zoe portrayed that in the story. Penny is just Penny. One of Penny's traits is that she has anxiety. Her anxiety isn't necessarily integral to the plot. It's just who she is, and I loved that. Penny's story is cheesy, but so incredibly relateable. Because while Penny does have anxiety, she is also a clutz, she is also a photogrpher, she is also a daughter, a sister, a friend, a love interest, a sweet person, a black and white photography enthusiast and she adores chocolate.

This book is just FULL of cliches, phrases like "rock god tastic", and secret identities like "Ocean Strong". Everything goes horribly wrong for Penny, and then everything is unbelievably happy and right in her world. It wasn't a ground breaking novel with deep emotional or psychological meaning, and it didn't really represent anything other than happiness and Christmas. This book is 352 pages of awkward and cute. It was a jolly feel good story perfect for the holidays.

Do you like romance?
Nice boys?
Awkward girls?
Gay best friends?
New York City?
Fairy-tale like atmospheres?
Cheesy one liners and winter jumpers?
Hallmark holiday films?

Then this book is so incredibly definitely for you!

“Every time you post something online you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.” 
Zoe Sugg definitely added to the happiness levels in the wold when she published this book. 

I've rated this book 3 out of 5 because I'm bitter inside and all the sweetness was just a bit too much for me to handle. I could only handle the transparent plot in small doses. Little things like the excessive exclamation points, and "lopsided grins, featuring several dimples" drove me a little nuts.

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