Synopsis: 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 Review: Girl Online has been criticised for being ghost written, but to be honest that has nothing to do with the actual book. This review is about the book not who wrote what.
I’d heard a lot of things about this book, so I was very put off reading it. However, the other day I decided to pick up a copy and I’m glad I did. It’s a decent enjoyable read. It’s so easy to read and when you put aside the flaws it’s really cute.
The story revolves around Penny the blogger (I guess we can all relate to that part). She’s a really sweet character that you can’t help liking. In fact, the whole book is sweet. It’s like fairy lights and scented candles in book form and it somehow works. It literally is Zoella’s world in a book. However I do think they chose the wrong age for Penny. Penny is 15 and personally I think she should’ve been at least 16 preferably 17 or 18. I just pretended she was older and the book worked better in my head.
The story is predictable in certain ways. Noah’s big secret is obvious when it’s first brought up, but other times some of the decisions Penny makes aren’t what I’d expected. The plot line isn’t quite what you’d expect either which is great.
Overall it’s a good read. Put aside things you may have heard and just enjoy the story.