Girl Online: The First Novel by Zoella (Girl Online Book) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 389 user ratings

"I have to be honest: this book isn't for me. It's very unlikely that I would have picked it up myself but thanks to the publisher, I got a copy for review, so I could give it a try. I'm not a Zoella fan or really that into that side of Youtube, but I was at least curious about the blogging and anxiety aspect. I liked the former - it's something I could relate to in a sense, as a blogger myself. Everything else? Hmm...

When it got to NYC, Noah and insta-love, I decided to leave it there. It's not something I particularly care for or want to spend more time on. I had my reservations about it initially for a number of reasons, but I'm satisfied at giving it a go and admitting it's not for me.

This book gave me flashbacks to the kinds of books I read a lot as a "tween" - like Louise Rennison's books with the Englishness, humour, romance, etc. So maybe the same Becki that read those kind of books would have liked this? While it's not going to be one of those books I'm ever going to rave about, I think to some readers it will be a cute, fun read. It's very cliche in many ways and it didn't feel like anything groundbreaking, but for what it is and for its target audience (plus the following Zoella has) I can see why many readers have responsed the way they have. It's just disappointing to hear about the writing.
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"You can find the full review on my blog, as well as many other reviews!

I know what people are going to say. They're going to say that Zoe Sugg only got a book deal because she's deemed famous now, and that she doesn't deserve to be published as much as some other people do. They'll say it's unfair. I disagree.

Now before anyone starts furiously typing that I'm wrong, I'd like you to consider this: Everyone deserves to succeed. Yes, I agree that it is unfair that many people are unpublished. And yes, Zoe was fortunate enough to be approached concerning a publication deal. However, these two things are not mutually exclusive. Penguin didn't decide to only publish books by Zoe Sugg. It they had I'm sure they'd of changed their name by now to Penguinella or something equally as amusing. She didn't steal someone's spot on the shelves of book stores.
She earned it, as did all the other writers who's books sit beside hers.

Right, now that we've established this, let's move on to what's really important: the actual content of the book.

I won't say that Girl Online is the best book I've ever read because that would be a lie. I read around 100 books a year, and while that may not seem like a lot to some of my fellow book reviewers out there, I feel that based on that number I can safely say that I know a good book when I see one. Well.. when I read one.

For me, Girl Online was a great book. It had everything I look for in a Young Adult novel. An interesting plot, a protagonist I could relate to and character development. Admittedly it wasn't flawless. I personally found it to be predictable at times and a little cheesy, but then that's really not uncommon for Young Adult reads. I found it heart warming and enjoyed the book as a whole, and honestly? I'd read it again in a heartbeat.

This read was a little different for me. Like most people, I like to immerse myself into a different world when I read, and so the majority of the books that I choose to read aren't based in the UK because I find it hard to fully immerse myself in a book when things seem too familiar.. (Is this just me? Let me know in the comments!)

I think it probably goes without saying that Girl Online hit a little close to home for me. I mean the protagonist is a teenage Brit who suffers from anxiety, has next to no self esteem, is incapable of talking to members of the opposite sex and blogs. I mean honestly, if my name was in the dictionary that would be  it's definition.

Note to self: Stop being so honest.

And whilst Girl Online does maintain a Young Adult vibe through the romance aspect of the novel and the writing as a whole, Zoe addresses some topics that are very important to me, such as anxiety and cyberbullying and the effects that they can have on an individual.

So to conclude, I'd recommend Girl Online to anyone who's looking for an easy romantic read. If you like Sarah Dessen or Cathy Cassidy then I'd say this is definitely one for you!

Have a lovely day wherever you are!

Over & Out, T xx

I seriously cannot wait!
The plot sounds epic and Zoe's blog is phenominal so I already know I'll love the writing!

If any of you were unfamiliar with her, where have you been for the past few years? And here are the links to her blog and youtube channel:


(view spoiler)" said.

"First let me say, I love Zoe. I am a HUGE fan of hers and I love the light and positive vibes she puts in this world.

Now, I read this as an ARC copy from the book store I work for. So, here is my honest review. I wanted to love this. I really REALLY did because I love Zoe SO SO much but it disappointed me. (I feel awful saying this). I read a LOT of Young Adult and I know they all follow pretty much the same format. Girl Online, was a little TOO fluffy for me. The beginning was a bit awkward and hard to get through. There was just not the flow between thoughts like you see in people trained to write. It was a bit disjointed. My main worry is that a lot of her US fans will not be as familiar with the British colloquialisms as I am (because I am obsessed with all things UK). I don't know if her publishers will do what J.K. Rowling's American publishers did and change the wording because some of it would make no sense if changed into an American context.

I will say though, the last few chapters and the ending were wonderful. I did really enjoy the book the further I got in to it. Overall, I still think every teenage girl that watches Zoella or More Zoella will absolutely love this book.
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"Cute, adorable, quirky, romantic, funny, emotional, I could go on!! This is the kind of chick-lit novel I've been wanting to find for quite some time!

As a fan of both Zoella and YA books, I was a little scared that mixing two things I love would end in disappointment....thankfully this wasn't the case! I was thoroughly impressed with Zoella's writing and ability to create a character like Penny who is so loveable! Even though I predicted early on what Noah's secret was, I found myself flying through Girl Online. Oh, and the fact that it was located in London & New York made me love this book even more...I especially enjoyed the real-life landmarks/locations Zoella chose to insert into the story :D

Girl Online, although a pretty light read, also deals with some more serious issues like bullying, growing up and anxiety; I think readers will really appreciate this added bit of depth that these issues bring to the story. And of course, how can I forget the romance! Noah is all kinds of yummy in that delicious looking cupcake kind of way and I loved the positive change he brings to Penny's character!

Side Note: How adorable is this cover?!?! Seriously, I can't get enough of it!

Extra Side Note: After reading this book I've decided that I want my very own Noah and Elliot....This! Must! Happen!
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" I hope this lives up to my expectations. They're not ridiculously high at the moment but please let it be a decent, non insta-love, non-generic addition to the trillions of contemporary YA novels at the moment. " said.

"If you are looking for a cheesy, unrealistic and predictable book then you should definitely pick this up.

The main character, Penny, was annoying as hell. She was a clumsy, awkward and selfish little girl who seemed to only ever think about herself. The other characters were so cliché - a gay best friend, an ex-best friend who's some 2.0 copy of Regina George from Mean Girls and a love interest that's basically her knight in shining amour. REALLY?

Noah's secret wasn't hard to guess. If you think this book includes a major plot twist then you're wrong. I already made an assupmtion of what his "secret" could be on page 100 something and guess what? I was right, of course. I don't think it's going to be a surprise for anyone, because the whole damn world has figured it out, except Penny.

2 stars because I kind of enjoyed some parts of it. Tiny parts, though (I'm actually embarrassed to admit it okay).
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" WHATTTTT WHATTT OMGAnd my favorite male fictional character name is NOAH . LIKE WHAAAAAnd New York and panic attacks and oh this is going to be lovelyyyy! Edit 7.8.2014.25 NOVEMBER YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EDIT 9.9.2014.COVERRRRRRRR YASSS IT'S BEAUTIFULLLL " said.

"------------------Es aburrida, superficial y está mal escrita.----------------

Girl online es la novela de la famosísima youtuber británica Zoella. Una novela que está escrita fatal, que tiene una trama floja y que sencillamente no merece la pena. Porque en serio, es malísima.
Partiendo del hecho ya conocido de que no todo el mundo puede escribir y de que ahora todxs lxs youtubers están escribiendo porque sus novelas se pueden volver virales dado a que son personas famosas, realmente cualquiera puede intentar escribir un libro. Cualquiera. Quizás una youtuber de moda famosa tiene una vena artista que desconocía y escribe maravillosamente. Pero no, no es el caso de Zoe Sugg. Zoe Sugg además de escribir fatal le ha dado un argumento al libro flojo, estúpido e infantil.
Yendo por partes, ya que tengo para rato para esta reseña, empecemos por el hecho de que esta novela no la ha escrito Zoe Sugg sola sino que tenía alguien que la escribía con ella aunque ella ha sido la única que se ha llevado el reconocimiento. Ahí lo dejo para quien quiera reflexionar sobre el tema.
La novela parece estar escrita por una niña de ocho años por diversos motivos:
-Trama: la trama es sencilla, lo que a simple vista no es algo malo. Pero es que además de ser sencilla está escrita fatal. La autora no da argumentos que justifiquen ciertos giros que hay en la misma, giros que por tanto se vuelven incoherentes y absurdos. Yo al leerlo estaba como: ¡oh! ¡Plot twist! ¡oh, me sorprende mucho, sí, mm, sí... mm... vale.! La autora no sabe darle giros a la trama y quedan totalmente ridículos. Como si de pronto hubiera tenido una idea y la hubiera escrito en ese momento sin preparar mínimamente al lector.
-Ritmo: el ritmo es de las peores cosas que tiene la novela. Todo pasa rapidísimo. Instalove. Un día conozco a un chico me voy a dar una vuelta y vuelvo a la media hora súper enamorada y sin poder vivir con él. Y literalmente es lo que ocurre. Eso que acabo de resumir en una línea es lo que pasa una y otra vez en la novela. El ritmo es demasiado rápido, todo ocurre sin preparar al lector y al final queda ridículo.
-Prosa: bueno, qué voy a decir. La novela tiene 383 páginas de diálogo y una de descripciones. Porque, en serio, ¿cómo puedes escribir una novela sin descripciones? La protagonista o pensaba en sí misma (ya que tiene bastante ego, aunque la autora no lo pretendiese) o hablaba con lxs demás. Por no hablar de que las pocas descripciones que hay son superficiales y hablan de los colores de las paredes y los muebles.
-Personajes: puf. Qué horror. La protagonista parece un cría de ocho años en casi todos sus comportamientos. Todo lo ve como una niña pequeña. Y realmente por su manera de hablar no es creíble la edad que la autora ice que tiene. Noah, un personaje más plano que una pared y del que el lector debe enamorarse para que haya cierta verosimilitud pero que te deja indiferente. Los personajes están muy mal construidos, no tienen profundidad y comportamientos poco normales para su edad.
En general Girl Online es un intento fallido de convertir a una youtuber en escritora para explotarla y sacar dinero. No me parece mal que lxs youtubers escriban, de hecho muchos de ellxs lo que hacen es adaptar lo que escriben a su personalidad. Tipo: libros de retos, de dibujos... vale. Pero en el caso de Zoe Sugg no han conseguido más que una novela ridícula y que no merece para nada la pena. Es aburrida, superficial y está mal escrita.
Y que conste que la empecé a leer sin ningún tipo de prejuicio ni expectativa, esperando que fuera una novela normal.
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