Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Girl Online - Book Review



Started: Jan 4, 2015 | Ended: Jan 6, 2015

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Published by Atria/Keywords on Nov 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 346
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her quirky family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas as the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love, and capturing every moment she spends with "Brooklyn Boy" on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover, and her closest friendship, forever.
Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I will be talking about events that happen in the book, so spoiler alert. You've been warned!

Before I give you my thoughts, I just want to touch upon the whole ghostwriting controversy and how much I do not care. Zoe got so much negative hate about this that it was sickening to see, and then you see where internet hate gets touched upon in the book, and you just wonder when people will get it. Yes, maybe Zoe should have been a little more upfront about just how much help she was getting. But in my mind, it didn't surprise me one bit that this book had a ghost writer. Zoe's never written a published novel before, so of course she's going to have someone help her with it. People took it all to mean that Zoe did absolutely nothing on this book, and I don't believe that for a second. I do believe Zoe wrote for this book, and the ghost writer took what she wrote and elaborated on that and helped shape it into a well-written book.

People on the internet have this tendency to want to see the worst in people, and hid behind their computer screens and say some of the nastiest things imaginable, and it's horrifying at times and just a really backwards way of treating human beings! I have been through it, and it's awful. Especially for someone who suffers with anxiety, it makes it all ten times worse. When you try to rely that message, anonymous people will replay back with things along the lines of, 'well if you can't handle it, you shouldn't be willing to post online about yourself'. And NO! That shouldn't be someone's first response. People online are human beings! It's almost as if people feel it's okay because they can't physically see the damage they are doing because they are hiding behind their computer screens, like that makes it all okay. Being online shouldn't give you a license to bully people, and send hate so vile at times that it can cause harm (luckily it's never gotten that far for me, but I've seen and read horrible stories about it).

As Zoe has said on her blog, and even had her character, Penny, touch upon;
"Everytime you post something online, you have a choice. You can make people happy or take away their happiness."
You can read Zoe's blog post here.

I love and respect Zoe so much! I started watching her videos well over a year ago now, and from the moment I started watching her videos, I instantly connected with someone who I had/have so much in common with. She's helped me more than she could ever know, and not only my anxiety. I can be having a really bad day, and I know on those days, I can go watch some of Zoe's videos and she will instantly put a smile on my face!

So with that said, on to the book and my thoughts!

I absolutely loved this book!! I think Zoe and everyone who worked on the book did such a good job. I loved that Zoe touched upon anxiety and panic attacks in a real way, exploring how truly horrible and scary it is. I loved that she touched upon internet hate and how much it affects someone. But I also really loved the storyline and the love story!

We follow Penny as she starts the book with so many woes, that you just want to hug the poor girl. But luckily she has an amazing family, and the bestest best friend ever to help her. Something truly horrifying happens, that when given the opportunity to fly off to New York with her parents and best friend, she eventually jumps at the chance..despite feeling anxious about the flight. This all leads to her meeting Noah, and goes from there. It was just a really cute little love story. To the point where you're like this guy is the classic love story fictional character that couldn't possibly exist in real life!

But there is a plot twist as the synopsis says. Noah has a secret too! That reveal, and the events that followed were crazy. I don't know what other word to use to describe everything! But I found it all so interesting!! I don't really want to give away too much, despite the disclaimer saying I would talk about events in this book. I want you guys to want to read this book because overall it's very cute, and well written. It also gives you an idea of what people like me can go through. With the anxiety, I really like that Zoe's book touched upon this subject so strongly because there are still alot of people who might not fully understand what that's like. Same goes with what it's like to completely be a "Girl Online", with all the forms of social media and running a blog (even though mine's not as successful as others, but I'm perfectly happy with my blog as it is, haha!)

Anyways, there you have it! I'm proud of Zoe and this book! I really enjoyed it. Oh, and just so you know Zoe has a second book that she's working on now. I'm personally really excited to find out the details about that one and what it will be about. I can't wait to read it already!

Next book on the list: Four; a Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Thanks for reading!


Michelle

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