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Book Review: Girl Online by Zoe (Zoella) Sugg

I know I am not the intended demographic for this book, but I’ve followed
Zoella (Zoe Sugg) for yonks, and loved her blog and You Tube channel. So
this caught my eye whilst pondering the book choices in WHSmith Euston and
I thought why not give it a go!
My journey back ‘up North’ takes just shy of 2 hours and
this looked like a nice easy-read, so just I was looking for after weeks of
Tripp’s Critical Incidents in Teaching (no offence Tripp just needed a
The story follows Penny aka Girl Online, who blogs about her
hidden feelings. surrounding romance, friendships and a subject close to Zoe’s
heart, anxiety.
Penny’s character is likeable and easy to relate to as we
see how her blog help her deal with issues such as outgrowing friendships with
best friend Megan and public humiliation going viral! Which when I was at
school, publicly tripping over would have been embarrassing enough, without
having to worry about it going viral.
Penny gets the opportunity to get away from it and and her
and her new alter ego Ocean Strong have quite the adventure in  New York.
As the book is written from a teenagers’s perspective, some
of how she feels is a little difficult to relate to at times, but arguably no
matter how old we get, there will always be days when we all feel insecure
about ourselves and its really good that issues like anxiety are addressed.
So, as this is the book that made her the fastest
selling debut author. Zoe did come under some criticism recently for using
a ghost writer to help write the novel. Maybe some of her fans were
disappointed by that, but if that doesn’t bother you and you are looking for a
bit of escapism, then this is a good book.
Girl Online is available at all good book shops RRP £12.99
Has anyone else read this? What do you did you think?
Lots of love, 
Helen xoxo



Hi, I’m Helen! I’m a wellbeing and lifestyle blogger. After years of letting anxiety and a lack of self-confidence get in the way of achieving my goals. I’m now all about finding tips and tricks to boost confidence, personal growth, self-care and productivity. I’m on quest to live my best life and hopefully help you live the life you love.

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      28th December 2014 / 7:57 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Ahha – it is definitely written in Zoe's blog style 🙂 H xx

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    Lucy Harvey
    27th December 2014 / 11:15 am

    I've done the hover several times in shops – didnt give in as I didn't know what other people thought of the book but I might buy it for my next long train journey! Lucy, http://www.aspectatorsport.com xx

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      28th December 2014 / 7:51 pm

      It's definitely a nice easy read, so hope you like it Lucy 🙂 H xx

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    Maria Beardall
    27th December 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I've read this book and was blown away by it! It's so relatable and is amazing! x

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      28th December 2014 / 7:56 pm

      Definitely – I think being a blogger makes it all the more relatable (even though I am not for a second that popular!) H xx

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