Today I thought I would do a book review. The book I am reviewing is Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg.
I am a huge fan of Zoe as a blogger and a YouTuber but I also love her books and I have read all of the ones she has released so far.
I know some people aren’t a fan of these books because they are written quite simply and are probably aimed at younger readers but I love the characters in the books and love following their story progress throughout the three books.
I personally can relate to the main character Penny a lot and she is the one book character that I have read about that I feel most like and relate to the most.
There are many reasons I feel like I can relate to Penny such as that we both have red hair, both have blogs, love photography, have anxiety and love the cities of Brighton and New York.
The Girl Online series is centred around a girl called Penny Porter who has an anonymous blog called Girl Online. She hits a rough patch in her life and at the same time her mum gets a job in New York City so off she goes with her parents and her best friend Elliot. In New York she meets this mysterious guy called Noah and it follows how their relationship progresses.
Girl Online: Going Solo starts as Penny is starting the school year and she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.
Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?
If I am being 100% honest, this wasn’t my favourite book of the series, I think the first Girl Online has to still be my favourite. However, there were still parts of this book that I really liked. I loved how Penny’s character has developed through the series and how in this book she is trying to figure things out for herself rather than focusing on her relationship with Noah. I also love Penny and Elliot’s relationship through all three of these books. I did like the new characters in the book such as Posey but I think the original characters will always be my favourite.
I did feel like the book didn’t really have a direct storyline to follow but I loved how it ended and I felt it brought the series to an end very well.
I’m not sure if Zoe is going to bring out any more books in this series but if she doesn’t then it ended in a good place.
Another thing I love about these books is that they talk about real life issues that affect many people and how different people deal with them – from anxiety, to sexuality to divorce. It covers a wide range of issues that affect many teenagers today and I feel like it was great that Zoe wrote about these issues in her books in a way that people could relate to them and that would help people deal with them in their own way. It also shows that you are not the only one going through these issues and there will always be someone else who is struggling with similar things to you.
I feel like because I read these books when I was/am in school myself and was dealing with similar issues to Penny, I found these books very relatable and somewhat helpful for dealing with the many problems you face as a teenager in school.
Even though this book wasn’t my favourite I would still recommend this series to anyone looking for something nice and lighthearted and easy to read.
Also, not going to lie, I would love to have my own Noah in my life!
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