From a young age I have been a massive lover of books and reading. As I have grown older I have kind of been distracted from picking up a book and reading. When going on my holiday earlier this year I decided I was going to make the most of the relaxing time and read again. Which worked extremely well as I haven’t stopped reading since. (I say pick up a book, when I actually mean pick up my kindle and download a book!) I’m not a person that needs to have the actual paperback in my hand, although it is nice. I like to use my kindle to download a library of books but not necessarily have them gathering dust on my shelf when I have clutter and I don’t pick them up again – I’m yet to ever read a book twice so they really do just sit around. Having become a massive fan of Zoella over the last year from getting interested in blogging and vlogging, (as a lot of people are) I decided to try her ‘Girl Online’ book as I had hear good things about it – I know I am a bit behind. In this post, I’m going to be doing a short review on both of the books but don’t worry you can read away worry free because there will be no spoilers!
Girl Online (Book 1)
So a brief outline of the story, without ruining any part of it. A young girl, Penny is such a relatable character who is clumsy, suffers with anxiety and panic attacks and share such realistic experiences with the reader. She starts an anonymous bloggling lifestyle which takes off massively and she has to learn to manage the struggle of being a teenager and having a life on the internet – which isn’t always happy. Penny’s love life doesn’t always go to plan until she meets the characted Noah, on a holiday in New York with her family. This romance is such a heart warming one, and really makes you wish for the best to happen ad you grow to love both of the characters. But we all know, nothing can stay perfect in a story and of course things for Penny get rough when she finds out Noah is actually a famous singer and has a massive fan base, her anonymous blog is no longer anonymous and she has suddenly become a figure of public interest. The story then continues to follow how life goes on for Penny and her future with Noah. One of the things I liked most about this book is that it does not just focus on a romance story with a happy ending. There is such a great friendship also shown between Penny and he best friend Elliot, and this brings such great aspects to the book. I’ll stop with details there – I think I avoided any spoilers for you – fingers crossed!
Having this as the book I read after not reading for quite some time was perfect!It is such an easy read, it’s written so beautifully and really engages you from the start so I literally struggled to put it down. It’s an ideal book for teenagers and young girls because it explores so many here and not topics which people can take advice from and gives them an inspirational person to look up to – both Penny and Zoella.
I honestly didn’t want this book to end because I was enjoying it way too much. I was fortunate for the fact that I didn’t have to wait for the second book to come out. I want to review both of the books because they are both so amazing but if you haven’t read the first and don’t want too much information please stop reading now!
Girl Online: On Tour (Book 2)
With this book there was more of a focus on Penny and her maturing and finding herself, whether that meant with or without Noah. Penny joins Noah on his European tour with his band and takes her interest for photography with her. With the belief that she will be able to see the world in a different light, get to see Noah in his element and spend some good quality time just the two of them, this was her ideal way to spend time with Noah. However, it was not destined to turn out this was and with Penny finding herself whilst on tour, she realises this life isn’t necessarily for her and knows she wanted to do other things with her life. But along this journey and hard time in her life there is still a strong story line following the friendship of Penny and Elliot. Although there is an obvious ‘love’ story throughout this second book, the underlying stories of a teenage girl finding herself and her future plan, how to cope with stresses of being a teenager in the public eye and her friendships, really brings the book together. The second book may have quite possibly been better than the first because you are now well and truly invested in the characters, will for the best to happen and praying for a happy ending. I again, read this book unrealistically quickly because I couldn’t put it down – even if it was 1am and my eyes were hurting from being awake! I cannot recommend these book enough, if you enjoy a relaxed read which doesn’t take took much brain power to digest and you enjoy the typical story lines of a teenage/young girl’s book. I now cannot wait for her third book to be released later this year – which Zoe has released as being called Girl Online; Going Solo – Which may possibly give us a few hints!
I hope you enjoyed my review and if you made it to the end, thank you for reading! If you have any books you’ve read recently which you have loved please let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for new books to read. Please don’t forget to like this post and follow me on WordPress and my social media if you’d like to read more of my posts!