22. BOOKTALK: Girl Online (2015)

Let’s talk about books!

(and Zoe Sugg a.k.a Zoella).

That’s right! This is a very cute book, written by and heavily reflecting Zoe Sugg, and it takes place over Christmas!

SO about the story. Penny is a normal girl living in Brighton, England. She isn’t a loser. She isn’t popular. She’s just normal like the most of us. She’s awkward, adorable, spunky, yet shy. She loves her family and her best friend, Eliot. Eliot is her neighbor, a gay boy with a wild fashion sense and fun facts coming out the wazoo. They’re a clumsy, funny pair that made me smile.

Penny suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. To deal with these things, and to cope with the woes of teenage life, she starts an anonymous blog where she takes on the name “Girl Online”. By day time, she trips through life. By night, thousands of readers follow her relatable blog.

(Okay, pretty much Penny’s situation is the same like me. I need a chance to escape the reality, and that was how Limitless Blog born).

Embarrassing events go down over the course of a few days and her humiliation is shared on social media, blowing up in her face and magnifying the shame.

But then her parents get hired to plan a wedding Downton Abbey themed wedding in New York city over Christmas break and everything in Penny’s life goes right. She meets a boy. Boy is awesome. Boy gives her presents. Boys family is lovely. All is right in the world. The world is magical and happy and sparkly and full of Christmas cheer.

Zoe didn’t spend the whole book making Penny’s struggles something deep and rare. Like, Penny wasn’t a mythical anxiety unicorn that made us cry. And I absolutely loved how Zoe portrayed that in the story. Penny is just Penny. One of Penny’s traits is that she has anxiety. Her anxiety isn’t necessarily integral to the plot. It’s just who she is, and I loved that. Penny’s story is cheesy, but so incredibly relatable. Because while Penny does have anxiety, she is also a clutz, she is also a photographer, she is also a daughter, a sister, a friend, a love interest, a sweet person, a black and white photography enthusiast and she adores chocolate.

This book is just FULL of cliches, phrases like “rock god tastic”, and secret identities like “Ocean Strong”. Everything goes horribly wrong for Penny, and then everything is unbelievably happy and right in her world. It wasn’t a ground breaking novel with deep emotional or psychological meaning, and it didn’t really represent anything other than happiness and Christmas. This book is 352 pages of awkward and cute. It was a jolly feel good story perfect for the holidays.

Zoe Sugg definitely added to the happiness levels in the wold when she published this book.

Yeah, I really recommend this book to read. It’s really worth your time. 9 out of 10.

Okay, that’s all I have for today post. Let me know in the comment below if you’re interested on this book! And maybe you could give me book recommendations, yay!

Anyway, I bought new novel three days ago and I haven’t finished it yet. When I have, I will write a booktalk post about it.

Byee! 😉

P.S.: It’s 6PM here, but timezone has nothing to do with me, so here it goes. And about the photos of the book, I am so sorry! I’m too lazy to take a photo, I swear I will later! 🙂



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