“I have a dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realise we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until this day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.”
Whist on holiday I had the luxury of endlessly filling my kindle full of novels I’d been intrigued by, but never actually got around to reading. I sat for hours continuously reading whilst Antigua’s crystal blue ocean swirled around underneath my sun longer and my strawberry daiquiri sat melting in the sun – my idea of heaven!
I had picked up the much hyped, bestselling debut novel Girl Online by internet sensation Zoe Sugg several times before finally taking the plunge. I had feared that it would end up just being another fluffy, puddle-deep, teenage love fest. It was probably full of generic high school mean girls, a geeky yet surprisingly beautiful female protagonist, a handsome stranger who falls desperately in love with the latter and a goofy best friend added for comedic value. To be honest I was pretty spot on…
Penny, fed-up of high school politics, being ignored by her crush and toxic friendships, decides to start a blog under the alias Girl Online. This is the one place where Penny can share her honest feelings and be her true self. She writes about her relationships, her embarrassing experiences and her increasingly frequent panic attacks. During a family holiday to New York Penny lives out every girl’s fantasy, she meets a handsome musician called Noah and falls in love. However as her blog starts to go viral for all the wrong reasons and her world comes crashing down around her, it seems Noah isn’t all he appears to be.
I respect the way the book dealt with a number of issues that effect teenagers today; cyber bullying, anxiety, coming out to your parents and ultimately, self-acceptance. I understand that this novel is not aimed at my age range, however I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s a book that requires little out of the reader. It was a pleasant, easy, quick read (as in you could read it easily in a day). It was essentially a nice way to spend a few hours but I honestly forgot most of the main characters names within a week. I was also a little disappointed at it’s unrealistic portrayal of blogging, “I scroll down. There are 327 comments.” If only it was that easy!
What did you think about Girl Online?
I’d love to know your thoughts.