Girl Online – Zoe Sugg ‘Zoella’ | Book Review


For Christmas as a Secret Santa present I received Girl Online by Zoe Sugg a.k.a ‘Zoella’. I’ve now finished reading it and here is my review of the Girl Online, the fastest selling book of the year!

Bearing in mind whilst reading this review I am 25 years old. The book is more suited and aimed towards teenagers.

The book is a cute girl meets boy story with the themes and issues of cyber bullying and anxiety thrown into the mix.

The ‘romance’ side of the novel is very sickly sweet and very much a fantasy rather than something you can really imagine happening to someone in real life.

The other side of the novel covering panic attacks is something that Zoella has already spoken about on her Youtube channel so it made sense for her to include in her debut novel. Also the subject of cyber bulling is something that Zoe is unfortunately already very familiar with.

I quite like that the topics covered are clearly close to Zoe’s heart it’s just a shame that the sickly sweet boy meets girl story line doesn’t quite live up to it’s expectations.

All in all it’s not a terrible book but seeing as it’s not aimed at people my age I wasn’t really drawn into the story line.

I can imagine 13/14 year old girls completely falling in love with the story and the characters and if it makes the younger generation read more then I am all for it.

I’m glad I read the book just to know what all the hype was about but it’s not one I would recommend to friends.

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11 Comments

  1. January 17, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Ah, thanks for this review – I'm still thinking about it if I'd buy it or not, since it is for teens after all and I'm mostly not so fond of teen books. But this was a really nice review, so thanks a bunch!

    xx Melane || Pure Perspective

  2. January 17, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    i bought this book, too. Im a teenager but i dont think the book appeals to me either, i definitely think it is for younger audience, as in tweens- eventhough i havent read the actual thing.

    http://georgianicolaou.co.uk

  3. January 18, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    That is pretty much what I thought the book would be like! Definitely not suited to me but good to know what people are all talking about! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  4. January 18, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    The book is very young – I'd much rather zoe brought a book out about her own experiences through the whole youtube thing than a ghost written fiction, but oh well, maybe next time 🙂

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

  5. January 18, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    I must say I haven't read this book yet and from your review I am guessing I probably won't read it! But I think Zoe has done so well for herself!! xx

  6. January 18, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Appreciate the honest review! I agree that it seems to be better suited for teens 🙂

    Cristina
    http://cristina.dk

  7. January 18, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Yeah, I'd agree that it would be better it wasn't ghost-written and was simply an autobiography as Corinne has mentioned!

  8. January 18, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Great review, I did find the book a little stereotypical and mimicked a lot of younger teen books. But I was the same I did purchase to see what the hype was all about hehe.

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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