Girl Online Review

Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg, Siobhan Curham (Ghostwriter)
Series: Girl Online #1
Publisher: Atria / Keywords Press
Publication Date: 30 August 2016
Source: Penguin Random House South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 29 June 2018 - 30 June 2018

Goodreads 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.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I recently decided that I really needed to try out this book. It blew up a couple years ago when it came out and then a while ago it blew up because it came out that the book was actually written by a ghostwriter. I am also in the mood for some romance and contemporary feels.

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for this reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing, in the beginning, was so different from the writing at the end. The writing, in the beginning, was odd and difficult to get into. It lacked flow and the pacing was off, however, after the first couple of pages the writing smoothes over and the pace picks up quite nicely. Furthermore, I still thought that the writing was a little spotty. Sometimes there was detail when descriptions came into play and other times there was no detail when I felt like there needed to be. I liked the dialogue though. It had this little spark in it and it flowed naturally, even in the awkward moments.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot went from slow and a casual walk to a speed walk in a matter of pages. I felt like I was a little lost sometimes as things would happen and I would think how did we even get there? I loved the cheesiness that came with the romance. It was adorable and definitely had swooning but it was 1000% insta-love. I loved how there was anxiety rep. I felt like it was discussing quite a bit and I think that there was some genuine realness to the feelings that Penny went through.

Character Thoughts:

I found the characters to be a bit bland. They weren't able to capture my attention for longer than the time that I was reading the book. Penny seemed to have this life of perfection before everything went wrong in the book and I don't know. I didn't really find the accessible which I sort of wish I had.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I found the book to be okay. It definitely had its flaws but it sure did have these positive elements to it. It made for this perfect contemporary read which was light and fluffy but it also had something a little deeper to it. The writing didn't attract me in the beginning, however, the more I read the more I got into the writing and the smoother it became. The plot was cute and fluffy but there sure was a case of insta-love. The characters weren't the kind to imprint on me. I found them bland but they were perfect in the story. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book

Yours in Reading,


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