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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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Atria / Keywords Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Markie  Winters
I mean don't get me wrong I don't hate zoella and I don't really love her, I'm neutral. However, what truly annoys me is all these you tubers getting book deals just because they are famous and more deluded teens are more likely to buy them in the bid to satisfy their inner fangirl/boy. Really talented writers are being denied the opportunity to publish their works and also give us readers books that will appease the insatiable thirst we have for well written books. It is sad that publishers do ...more
I'm very surprised to be giving this 5 stars, I definitely wouldn't have given it that rating if it weren't for the great ending. As far as I know, Zoe hasn't had much writing experience at all before writing this, and I honestly couldn't tell a difference from other authors.

I absolutely loved the main character, Penny. In fact most of the characters were great, I think I went from loving some of them to hating them and then loving them again quite of few times, which
I really liked ;). I also
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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THIS is the book that broke the record for highest first-week sales of all-time leaving Harry Potter in its wake??? Here's what Professor Snape thinks about that . . .

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And here's what I think . . .

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I picked up Girl Online for the simple fact that it was breaking sales records left and right. I had certainly never heard of "Zoella" before. And then???? Then I found out the "author" (maybe, seems she didn't even write this piece of ga
As soon as I heard this book was coming out, I was quick to judge and very quick to assume it would be a pile of total hideousness. And, sadly, I was not wrong.
This book claims to be Zoella’s or Zoe Suggs’ debut novel which, before I even start the review, was very unlikely to have been written by her at all. This book screams GHOSTWRITER or GREAT EDITING TEAM. It feels like Zoe’s had the idea for the story, written a couple of pages, and then left the story building to the team at Penguin. The
Molly Fabulous
I like Zoe's YouTube channel but I just don't see this book as being any good, the plot is unoriginal with the whole "anonymous blog" thing that we've seen a million times before in books. Let's face it, she only got this deal because of her fame, had she submitted it to a publisher without being well known would it still be being released? I'm not sure.
Update: It's the first time that I've noticed Siobhan Curham credited on the GR page, and I'm so happy to see that she gets credit. FINALLY.

It's so frustrating people are praising her for beating J.K. Rowling's debut sales, because that means absolutely shit nothing. Of course she would have record sales; she already had a fan base of millions when her book published. But the book was ghostwritten.

You do not compare a ghostwritten book to an inspirational outcome from a woman who drew inspirati
Dec 04, 2014 Sydney marked it as tbr-first-in-series
It doesn't bother me that Zoe Sugg is a well-known YouTuber with 9+ million views. It doesn't bother me that her book sold like mad its first week, making it the fastest-selling debut novel in the U.K. It doesn't bother me that this was only published because Penguin's CEO's 13-year-old daughter raved about it, otherwise he wasn't sure he was going to sign her.

What bothers me is that I see 1 star reviews on a book unread by reviewers who are outraged her "internet fame" brought her a book deal.
Very disappointed with this book. I found the plot to be extremely predictable and unoriginal, while the writing was just mediocre at best. To sum it up in one word - boring. I'm a fan of Zoe's but I think it's a shame that there are tons of hard-working writers out there who never get their works published, while Zoe has barely showed any passion for writing and gets a best-seller. I also don't believe she wrote this book herself in 6 months but had a ghost writer. If this book had some unknown ...more

Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for providing me with a finished copy to review!
This review is spoiler free :)

Plot: ★★★★★
I really wasn’t expecting much going into this as it’s by a YouTube vlogger, but I was so genuinely surprised and how much I loved this book! Keep in mind, it is written for young teens, so yes, it may be a bit predictable, but it was so much fun to read. It follows a 15-year-old girl who finds happiness in blogging about her life, her panic attacks and a
I like Zoe, I really do. And this book wasn't awful, but it wasn't quite as good as it should have been? I'm not sure. I feel like there were so many things that were cringe worthy in this book. The perfect parents, the surprisingly mature four year old, the ridiculous gay best friend, the perfect job opportunity falling into place, the shallow bitch who used to be her friend. There was the obligatory love for her online and the totally end-of-the-world embarrassing moment. But it was too cookie ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Lani marked it as to-read
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And my favorite male fictional character name is NOAH . LIKE WHAAAA



And New York and panic attacks and oh this is going to be lovelyyyy!


Edit 7.8.2014.

EDIT 9.9.2014.
'Girl Online' and the ghost writing scandal surrounding 'Zoella' has been one of the biggest things buzzing around the internet over the last couple of days. I'm not going to write about the ghostwriting in this review, simply the story and what I thought of the delivery, even though the fact Zoe Sugg didn't write the book 'entirely by herself' is an important factor to how I received it.

Instead of giving my rating at the end of the review, I feel the need to preface my opinions. I only gave 'Gi
I don't care what everybody's going to think about me. Yes it wasn't the most original story. Honestly it was full of clishes and very predictable. But I devoured it almost in one piece. If I'd be 16 i would have melted how sweet this is. (Ok let's admit it, I'm 25 and i was very close to melting) I loved every part of it. Zoe wrote it amazingly. it shows that she has some experience with expressing herself and that she has blog/vlog of her own.
If you are looking for something original, this is
Aug 23, 2014 Julie marked it as to-read

I hope this lives up to my expectations. They're not ridiculously high at the moment but please let it be a decent, non insta-love, non-generic addition to the trillions of contemporary YA novels at the moment.
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
My God!
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as u did!
The writing is simple yet unique.
As Zoellas first book it's a great one!
This has definitely become one of my favourite books.
It has inspired me in so many ways. It even made me want to blog again and start a blog about my life. This blog has therefore helped me to deal with my problems and depression, and for that I am so thankful to this book!
I hope Zoe writes many more books.
What a great start!
I know a lot of people are very skeptica
Kathryn Steffen
First let me say, I love Zoe. I am a HUGE fan of hers and I love the light and positive vibes she puts in this world.

Now, I read this as an ARC copy from the book store I work for. So, here is my honest review. I wanted to love this. I really REALLY did because I love Zoe SO SO much but it disappointed me. (I feel awful saying this). I read a LOT of Young Adult and I know they all follow pretty much the same format. Girl Online, was a little TOO fluffy for me. The beginning was a bit awkward an
You can find the full review on my blog, as well as many other reviews!

I know what people are going to say. They're going to say that Zoe Sugg only got a book deal because she's deemed famous now, and that she doesn't deserve to be published as much as some other people do. They'll say it's unfair. I disagree.

Now before anyone starts furiously typing that I'm wrong, I'd like you to consider this: Everyone deserves to succeed. Yes, I agree that it is unfair that many people are unpublished. And
If you ignore all the high ratings of the minions and go into reading this with the mindset that it is just a YA book then you will be rather disappointed. This is just the same run of the mill, teen girl falls in love but has a secret kind of book that youve read before, theres nothing substantial or new in it. If you want an easy read then sure go ahead, but the book itself is rather dull and one that i couldnt wait to finish just so that i wouldn't have to read it again or spend any longer dw ...more
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Cute, adorable, quirky, romantic, funny, emotional, I could go on!! This is the kind of chick-lit novel I've been wanting to find for quite some time!

As a fan of both Zoella and YA books, I was a little scared that mixing two things I love would end in disappointment....thankfully this wasn't the case! I was thoroughly impressed with Zoella's writing and ability to create a character like Penny who is so loveable! Even though I predicted early on what Noah's secret was, I found myself flying thr
Sam Harber
To all those people getting mad at people reviewing this book and giving it 1 star ratings before it was published, just remembered that you're giving 5 stars to something that has been plagiarised from millions of books before it. The whole idea of an anonymous blogger with anxiety problems feels to cliché to say the least, not only is this idea an autobiography of Zoe Suggs life, but also sugar coated and dreamlike. I know others have touched on this before, but it feels as if this book is onl ...more
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[some spoilers] Girl Online reminded (rather unfavourably, I'll admit) of Steph Perkins' Isla and the Happily Ever After (a book I broadly disliked). Quirky, slightly quiet and panicky ginger girl overcomes her fears and bullying and school worries and falls in love! Goes on interesting, almost impossibly perfect holidays! Writes/draws/does something beautifully creative in her own time, not like those other vacuous girls! Doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't have sex! I'm growing sick of these ...more

I've never watched any of Zoella's videos and mostly picked it up because of the 2-3 days of, "OMG A GHOSTWRITER?" drama I saw unfolding on Twitter. My impression was kind of that this had been a sensation and people felt cheated because probably Zoe Sugg didn't write it.

Truly, everyone should be up in arms if Zoe paid anyone to write this story for her. To say that it is cliche is putting it mildly. It's not even cliches done right. It feels like a stuffy, old fogey approach to YA clich
If you are looking for a cheesy, unrealistic and predictable book then you should definitely pick this up.

The main character, Penny, was annoying as hell. She was a clumsy, awkward and selfish little girl who seemed to only ever think about herself. The other characters were so cliché - a gay best friend, an ex-best friend who's some 2.0 copy of Regina George from Mean Girls and a love interest that's basically her knight in shining amour. REALLY?

Noah's secret wasn't hard to guess. If you think
My last 2014 finished book. So,this book is the first book of Zoella,its a brilliant fluffy book. I really enjoyed it!! :D

Penny,Noah,Elliot,her family..everyone are so nice!! The whole book is nice. There are some parts where you can actually see that its her first book,but other than that,this is a great book. It has the Christmas-y mood,New York,lots of cheesy scenes,a really cute-meet and a really cute story line.

This book is perfect for this time of the year. It makes you all happy inside :
Adriana Romero
Bueno este libro se ha visto en una gran controversia desde que Zoella confirmó que uso un ghost writter para escribir la historia cosa que a mi me pareció súper exagerada y sacada de proporción ya que fue algo que ella dijo en sus vlogs cuando dio la noticia del libro y bueno el ghost writter podrá haberla escrito y estructurado pero toda la historia resalta que es creación de zoella desde el personaje de penny hasta el lugar donde vive penny desde el principio se puede ver esto obvio si sigues ...more
Je to tak, zmierte sa s tým. Mám slabosť pre tieto sladké babské jednoduché veci. Proste je to mozgovo nenáročné a číta sa to jedna radosť! :)

Je mi úplne jedno, kto to napísal, knihy nikdy neboli a ani nebudú dielom jednotlivca. Je to dielo niekoľkých ľudí a každý do nich vkladá niečo zo seba. Nikto sa so mnou nebude hádať a nebude mi tvrdiť, že každá kniha, ktorú som vybral a vydali sme ju, nie je moje dieťa. Môžete sa aj poskladať, ale sú to moje deťúrence!

Ale najlepšie na tom všetkom je, že
I'm sorry for how this review might be worded as I'm currently crying my eyes out over the fact I've finished this book.
I could really relate to Penny in this book as I, myself, have bad anxiety issues. Zoe portrayed these issues brilliantly and it was very realistic.
The whole book itself had an amazing plot line and had amazing characters, my favourite being Noah obviously ;)
Not only is Zoe Sugg one of my favourite youtubers, she's also my inspiration to overcome my anxiety issues and I can't
Fiona Coles
More like two and a half but there's so many 5 star haven't even read it reviews I decided to round down. It's not awful, it's just...not great. A Mary Sue character with average writing and dialogue and I just... don't really care. Sorry.
Tracy Klein
I won this book in a charity raffle we made at work. I don't even know why it got published. I didn't like any of the characters. Some of the parts made me cringe and I had to stop reading. The fact that the author seems to be a z-list celebrity of some sort speaks volumes.
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Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty guru and internet personality. She is best known by her fans and viewers on YouTube as Zoella. She has a secondary channel, MoreZoella, which is primarily for her vlogs. She has collaborated with a myriad of other Youtubers as well as appeared in numerous magazines and won a Teen Choice Award.
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