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Generation Next

(Generation Next #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Things haven't been easy for Jack recently - life as a teenager has its ups and downs. But when he meets a new group of friends, who are every bit as geek as they are chic, his luck seems to be changing. Each of the group is talented and when they pool together to create Generation Next, an incredible new kind of social media platform, it's clear that they're on to ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Ellen I knew he was youtuber but had no idea he had written a book. I picked it up and I thought oh hey this is actually alright. I have never watched one…moreI knew he was youtuber but had no idea he had written a book. I picked it up and I thought oh hey this is actually alright. I have never watched one of his videos but I would say that yes it is worth reading(less)

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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
DNF at Page 105.

I will keep my thoughts short and sweet. I struggled with the pacing of the book and found the writing at times to be info-dumpy which is something I'm not keen on. After generally being extremely excited to read this, the book in the end just wasn't for me.

I don't give star ratings to books I DNF. This is because I didn't read the book from start to finish.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars to this creative, funny and dramatic book written by the amazing @OliWhiteTV

I know there is a lot of controversy when talking about YouTuber books - but I always find myself buying them anyway because I am a massive fan of YouTubers. Whether they wrote the whole book or only half, whether they were asked to release a book or they came up with the idea themselves, there would still be A LOT of work that goes into the process of a book - and I applaud them on that.

J.S. Strange
I can't give this a star rating, because I did not finish. I'm so done with YouTubers being handed publishing deals on a plate, when authors like myself struggle to get noticed and put in more work than any of these people do.

I was skeptical when I came across the book by Oli White (who I had never heard of until seeing the name on the cover), but the premise sounded good and I gave it a chance. But when I opened it, I saw that it was written by 'Oli White and Terry Ronald'. So, basically,
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
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So I am almost positive (or at least, very suspicious) that most of the ratings for this book on Goodreads came from Oli’s YouTuber fans because after reading some actual reviews, they were almost entirely negative. And to be fair, I agree with a lot of their points.

This book was all over the place. The characters felt very amateur and there was no real development throughout the book. The plot was also very slow and incredibly
Amalee Renee
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I always struggle with the concept of YouTuber books as very often the majority (sometimes all) written by a ghost writer who get little to no credit for the story they have created.
This book was classed as a "Teen" book, but due to the simplistic story line and characters, I feel it would be enjoyed more by a younger person than me (16).
The book had a circular narrative which I struggled with as it didn't make much sense at the beginning and it took me a good few chapter to realise what was
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oli was one of the first youtubers I started watching. Although I'm more of a casual fan, when I heard he was writing a book I knew I'd buy it. Although it is written with Terry Ronald, Oli still would've had to put a lot of effort in so of course I'd want to support that. I have to admit I wasn't expecting great things. Youtuber's books aren't known for being the most amazing pieces of literature, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the writing style can get on my nerves a little, but then I ...more
Samantha Sim
DNF at 43%

I am so done with reading mediocre books.

First of all, I hated the main character, Jack. I've never met anyone more... self-centered and egoistical than he is. He looks down on the misfits in his new school even though he himself is an outcast and also, he's pretty judgemental for a former bully victim. You'd think that someone who has gone through the experience of being bullied would actually empathize with outcasts right? But no, Jack is just as judgemental as the bullies
Ivan Magnus
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
I made a lot of bad decisions when I was young and buying and wasting my time reading this is one of the things I regret the most. This TERRIBLE and a sad excuse for a "book". Clearly published just to make money off from kids. I wish I could get my money back.
Liam Rutland
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Liam by: YouTube
If you are even slightly thinking about buying and reading this book, I would strongly recommend that you do. It is so addicting and never gets boring, I struggle to put this book down.
Elizabeth Dewfall
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Just a typical you tuber book
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
As someone that didn't have high expectations for the book in the first place, after I was done I realized I should have lowered them even more. But what else could I expect from a fiction book written by a YouTuber? Before I go any further, I wouldn't say that I dislike Oli but I wouldn't say I'm a fan of him either. Overall, I rate this one out five and that's me being kind.
1) It was too fast paced for the amount of conflicts that were in the book.
2) Many of the conflicts that were introduced,
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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Victoria Vecchiarello
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Generation Next by Oli White is by far one of my favorite books. Once I began reading, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in less than 4 days. The story begins with a teenage boy arriving at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The first chapter leads up to right before he steps on stage for a big interview. The next chapter brings you back five months to where the whole journey begins and the narrator, Jack, has his first day at a new school. Jack is a tech-savvy, smart seventeen year old ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
When Jack moves school after being badly beaten up by bullies, he finds himself making friends with a group with his same shared interest in media as well as catching the eye of Ella, whom he first sits next to in class. The group he meets soon invites him to Austin, the group's leader's house to hang out in their technology den where they come up with their GenNext idea from watching gigs online as well as using social media.

As the website takes off being talked about all over the internet, the
Therese C
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
So I had some expectations for this book and it didn't reach them. I like Oli White as a youtuber but as a author he isn't as good.
It feels like the story just goes on to quickly in the first part of the book. It's understandable in way for the plot but that leads to that you don't get to know the character as well, only the main character. So they goes from strangers to best friend in a really short amount of pages.
Therefor you don't feel as much for them when something bad happens.

So I have to
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although it bothered me that the conversations were placed in single quotations, that can be overlooked. It was quite an interesting read and I salute of being able to create a new social media platform. Although some parts seemed rushed, it fit well with the story. I should also acknowledge Terry because I'm sure he helped with the process.

If someone would ask me what book they should read from a Youtuber, I would recommend this one.

When I first heard about it, I thought that I wouldn't buy it.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely not the best book I’ve read, few bits of the story where quite “simple” not really developed. Considering it was a debut novel It’s not that bad, I still enjoyed it. Easy to read. I recommend it if you’re between the age of 12 and 15. If you’re 16 years old or more you might find this book too “childish”.

The second half of the book was more interesting than the first part.

If English is not your mother tongue (like me) you might want to read it. As it is not difficult to understand
Madison Rowe
This book is about Jack Penman. He is very good with technology and has a lot of struggles with bullying. He moves schools and meets a whole new group of friends. They create the website "GenNext" which is amazing for them but causes a lot of struggles. They deal with so many things and have to push through to be the best for GenNext. Eventually, it all comes out good and Jack and Ella finally beat the bullies and Jack gets his dream girl and dream group of friends.
Ye Hang Yeo
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Goddammit, Jack, we don't give a shit about your feelings. I give a shit about your company and the business you're creating. Reading this book feels like I'm reading a Whatsapp conversation. Too narrative.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! For anyone who has big dreams, want to change the world, or be known for something you love! If you're not one of those people, just read it then! It's amazing! Would give it a million stars but ovbs you cant
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I actually enjoyed this book.The book is easy to read, I finished this novel feeling fairly satisfied.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good book but not the best.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though the plot is very old school, the actual idea is very unique.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I brought this book when it first came out. I had never intended to buy it, but I thought that it sounded interesting and it was half price and in the limited edition cover (which is super pretty), so I brought it and thought that I would just give it a go. It has been a year now and I have only just picked it up and only because the sequel comes out next week and I need to know whether or not to buy it (I will need to get the limited edition version so it will match). But I have finally gotten ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the YouTuber himself, which was a big reason why I got the book, but I did really enjoy it anyway.
Mary Masi
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked that this book is set in England. It is a fun twist to hear about students studying for their A Levels and constantly doing revision work for their exams. I also liked how the book gets "techie" in that we learn about a group of teenagers who are creative and techie at the same time, and the book has an exciting beginning when we see the protagonist getting so much attention from his fame already. The bullying flashbacks were a little bit unbelievable, but I get the idea of what he was ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully done Oli! Hope for a sequel!!!
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a book written by a youtuber, I must say it was quite good. If I am being honest, I had only picked this book up simply because I love Oli (I also went and met him). books written by youtubers are something I normally would expect not to be as good as other books simply because they're not authors. Much like Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, the book was a little low in the writing skills. The writing was not as advanced as I am used to reading, but nonetheless, the book was still great. The plot of ...more
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