Girl Online - Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction/Romance/Drama

Blurb (on back of book): 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 at 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. 
Award-winning and influential YouTube vlogger Zoe Sugg delivers a heartfelt coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures the highs and lows of first love, friendship, and growing up in the digital age.


I know that basically all of my reviews have been five stars, but Girl Online is wonderful! I love, love, love realistic fiction, especially for young adults. I love this book; it is endearing and really fun.

This might sound unusual, but the style of the book (font, size, etc) really goes with how Penny is. She seems so free, and I love her blog posts! They are super fun to read. I also like how Zoe Sugg makes Penny a memorable character, with her funny personality. I also like the setting (England and New York) and the plot!


I love the ending. Everything seems so wrong! But then it turns out to be all right! I love how this is a "Glass Slipper Moment" and how Penny chooses to deal with her problems. I hate how mean people can be, especially online, but sadly, it is so, so true! Many people have gone through the experience of being gossiped about online and offline, and also cyber-bullied, bullied, and having a rumor spread about. But they do know that anything can be fixed. I also like the apologies, and the solutions to Penny's many problems! This might sound weird, but Penny's embarrassing predicaments are actually fun to read about, and I love how she solves them!

I would recommend this book to middle-schoolers (12 and up, possibly). I would also recommend reading the sequel, Girl Online: On Tour to fans of this series (this book will be reviewed ASAP!).

Main Character: Penny Porter
Sidekick(s): Elliot, Noah
Villain(s): Ollie, Megan, Gossip, INTERNET
Realistic Fiction Elements: All of this could happen in real life, though it does not necessarily mean that it will