I had intentionally not researched into what this book was going to be about when I had asked for it at Christmas. I decided to do that because I was so unaware that Zoella enjoyed writing, and I was dying to know the type of story she would create whilst I was actually reading it.
Speaking of the author Zoella Sugg, the huge aspiring beauty blogger, there has been several accusations thrown around on whether she had actually written the book. It was incredible to me that this had become such a surprise to everybody. Of course, if Zoella wrote the entirety of the book by herself then I applaud her greatly. But in the real world, writing a book doesn't always work like that. Especially if you're not actually an author and just a successful video blogger who just signed a book deal. I really do think people should give her a break; ghost writers have existed for a long long time and not an eye lid was battered then. It's amusing to me how people kicked up such a fuss about this, yet nobody complains when their favourite artist releases a song that the artist didn't write themselves.
Moving on to more important matters, the storyline. I began reading the first section of the book wondering if I had probably made the wrong decision in reading it. Not because it was badly written, boring or a poor choice; but because of the target audience. It had taken me back into my teenage days when I would sit in my school library and read Jacqueline Wilson for days. At first, 'Girl Online' immediately felt a little too young for me. The storyline however, was intriguing and interesting to read, filled with characters that you fall in love with straight away (something SO vital for a book). However, as the story moved on and the events progressed, it really started to become so much more appealing to somebody of my age. So do give it a chance if you start off not enjoying it too much. I was so thrilled Zoella Sugg managed to pull off entertaining such a big age range.
The story really begun to turn into one of those books that you cannot put down. I was in the middle of a university deadline and I was sat reading this book instead. However, the best thing I can say about this book is the incredible plot twist! Who saw that one coming?! NOBODY. I won't give too much away... but keep your eye open if you're planning to read this book. It isn't all straight-forward and fairy tails throughout...
Talking of fairy tails, something that did come across in my mind a little were the characters. Although it was nice, I found it a little too nice to see that there was barely a bad character in the main character's life. To me, a book is a good one when it faces a few real-life issues at once so that you can relate to it as much as possible. Maybe it was just the idea of her overly happy family - something you funnily enough, barely see in books? (Why?!) But perhaps that goes with the fact that the book was supposed to be for a younger audience. Or perhaps I am just dark for being disappointed at the idea of two happy families in one book? Haha.
Lastly, I felt that I shouldn't review the book without speaking about the idea of anxiety being involved in it through-out. I thought that was a great thing. Especially if this was going to be the first time somebody had heard of the disorder or maybe even learned some advice from it. I have never read or heard of a book which tackles with anxiety before so originality is always a big thumbs up! The idea of including her blog entries into the book was also something I haven't seen a lot of, and it was nice to read a book from the perspective of somebody who blogs like I do.
Who should read it?: Bloggers, anxiety disorder sufferers and a younger age range.
Best bits: Twist ending, anxiety disorder topic, cutest love story ever!
Not-so-good bits: Main character needs more obstacles along the way?
Love and hugs,