Okay guys, so I am sure you all know what this book is and who wrote it and if you don’t then you must having been living under a pretty big rock because today I am going to tell you all about what I though of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (Zoella).
I have been a fan of Zoe’s YouTube channel for almost 3 years now and when her first book came out I was so excited because I got to read a book by one of my favourite youtubers. I have just finished the final instalment in Zoe’s trilogy and it was absolutely amazing!
I was just going to talk about the 3rd book because that is the freshest in my mind, but while I am here I may as well tell you about all 3, so here we go…
I haven’t got loads to say about this one because I did read it nearly 2 years ago, but I remember reading it and loving for two main reason and the first one was that it was very easy to read. Zoe’s have a very light hearted feel to them. The second thing I love about her books is that she writes about ordinary people in the real world and makes their lives extraordinary by making things happen to them that 100% could happen to anyone at any time. I love this about her books so much because those of us who read often get caught up in the ‘I want to live in this world’ or ‘ I want to have magical power’ kind of thing and while that is totally ok (and I have to confess to spending a large portion of my time doing that myself) the thing that really grasped me from this book was that you don’t need those things to have a good time or an amazing life. You can do all of that right here in this world.
Girl Online; On Tour:
Okay, so again I read this a little while ago, but the thing I remember most distinctly about this book is the message I took away from it. This book took a step up from the last one and covered even more. The main message that I got from Girl Online; On Tour was that it is good to go out of your comfort zone. This is exactly what Penny Porter did. She went out of her comfort zone (which was a really big thing for her because of her anxiety) and in doing so learnt a lot more about herself and the people around her. Another thing I loved about this book was that it introduced an LGBTQ+ relationship between Penny’s best friend another guy. I really loved that Zoe had chosen to include this because so many people know and love her and will reads her books, which means that it will perhaps mean a more inclusive world in the future.
Girl Online; Going Solo:
This is the one I have just finished reading and I loved so many things about it I had to make a list, so that I wouldn’t forget anything, so here we go…
!!!MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS!!!
First of all friendships! Friends are really important in life to have by your side if you need help and so that you can do the same back for them. Friendships plays a major role in all of Zoe’s books and there was a lot of drama in last two books, but unfortunately my memory isn’t amazing, so if you want to know exactly what I mean you will have to read them. I do remember everything from this book though! There are so many friendships that I couldn’t possibly go in to detail about all of them, but I will try my very best to do most.
Honestly I don’t have loads to say about Elliot apart from the fact that he is an AMAZING friend! In the books he is Penny’s best friend ever and he is exactly what a best friend should be.
The twins don’t pay a major part in any of the books really, but there was one main scene in this book that I remember. I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to ruin in, but they are some of Penny’s oldest friends and they always make sure they know how to help Penny with her panic attacks and anxiety. I think that is a really good example of Zoe to set in her books because while they aren’t main characters that small act of kindness of simple knowing what to do made a big difference to Penny.
Posey is a new character introduced into this book whom Penny bonds with over their mutual struggles with anxiety. They are based on slightly different things. Penny’s being focused more on being trapped and Posey’s being focused on her stage fright. Throughout the book we watch their relationship grow and Penny help Posey accept her anxiety and move on from it, so that she can still do what she loves.
Just like Posey Cameron is a new character and at first he is introduced as a possible new love interest for Penny, but we all soon realise that that isn’t going to happen. However, I really liked this relationship because it showed just how far Penny had come. While she still got really anxious and had to take breaks, she at least tried to move on from Noah and even though (SPOILER) It don’t work out as a romantic relationship they did in the end bond over their mutual love for photography.
Now, I could sit here and rant all day about Megan and why she is horrible friend and exactly what you should not be…. I won’t because I might bore you to death, but what I will say is that I am glad Zoe included her. We have so many positive relationships I think it is really important to put in a negative one to have something to compare to. Since book one we have all been pretty sceptical about Megan and her ways and Elliot makes it clear that he doesn’t like her, but she really crossed the line here. I won’t tell you how, but she completely let negative emotions such as jelousy consume her and she ended up hurting a lot of people around her. She gets her comeuppance in the end though and she does learn her lesson.
Pegasus Girl is the final person I am going to talk about her and I chose to put her in because I think her and Penny’s relationship is really important because it is an internet friendship. Her and Penny met through Penny’s blog Girl Online where they struck up a friendship. I think that is really important because these days millions of people meet each other through the internet and that is okay! Yes, you do have to be careful on the internet, but not everyone on the internet is bad. There are actually a lot that aren’t, so as long as your being careful about it there is noting wrong with having online friends.
Okay, so that was long winded, but that was the main chunk of what I wanted to say, so now I am, going to talk about two of the more romantic relationships:
Penny and Noah:
If you have read the books then you know all about this relationship and all I really want to say about this is that they went through some hard times. It went form long distance, to a tour, to just a friendship, to them then realising that they can’t be apart and happily ever after, so yeah there you go. Penny and Noah.
To me this relationship was really important and I am glad Zoe put it in because it is so real for a lot of people. The long and short is that Elliot’s parents are not at all happy together and this makes Elliot really unhappy. I won’t tell you any more than that, but I just love that it was included to show the millions of people that are going through that sort of thing that they aren’t alone and that there is a way out.
The final thing I want to say is about the general essence of the book and that is, plain and simple: ‘finding yourself’. Both Penny and Noah take time away from each other in order to discover themselves by themselves. Noah writes more amazing music and Penny finds her photography style that is ‘Uniquely Penny’.
There we go! That is what I though of Zoe Sugg’s trilogy Girl Online. I would 100% recommend them if you are looking for a bit of light reading or just need a bit of a pick me up to prove to yourself that you don’t need all of the magical powers and amazing lands that all of your other favourite characters have in order to be extraordinary!
Goodbye for now!
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