I saw I've had quite a few views on my first blog "getting ready to revise" in the last couple of days which has honestly been a really nice surprise. As you already know, I've just started this blog so at least ten views makes me feel uber excited for what's to come so i wanted to return to the blog posts as soon as possible.
I just finished Girl Online by the lovely Zoe Sugg on Thursday night at 11.30 pm (seriously this is late for me so from this - this book is incredibly special!). Also, I've only been reading this book for a week and trust me, usually i'm not a fast reader - again showing this book is good. No, better than good... Great!
So I wanted to write my thoughts on the book as soon as possible so its still fresh in my mind. I'm not just writing any old review with many a paragraphs (as block paragraph reviews aren't exactly my strong point), instead its going to be a Q&A kind of thing.
Q1. Use one word to describe Girl Online. MEMORABLE (caps because its was that good).
Q2. Which was your favorite chapter and why? I don't want to give away any spoilers because some of you guys may have not read it yet, so I've chosen two different chapters with two short bespoke reasons why i loved them. This first one is a mix of chapter 19 and 20 as this is when Penny Porter goes on her magical mystery day in New York with Noah. I loved these chapters as it is the beginning of Penny falling in love with him. Aw, young love.
The second chapter is chapter 13 where Penny is trying to cope with her flying fear while on the plane. She says "Elliot turns out to be the best flight companion ever. He just talks and talks for the whole six hours". I loved this as Elliot (although a boy) is just like me! As like you can see from this blog and my friends would probably say the same - i talk and talk and talk. But the thing is, its not about anything specific ... at all. Just pure crap people, pure crap.
Does anybody else blab about nothing on a regular basis?
Q3. What would you say is the line that had the most impact on you in the whole book? The most special line in this book is at the end of chapter 22, when Noah admits that Penny is his "inciting incident". To be honest before Noah explained it, i was in the exact same boat as Penny in that, i had absolutely no clue what an "inciting incident" was and knowing me, if a guy told me this then i'd probably think he was calling me a wizard too - which i would not have taken lightly (Umm Hmm - sassy moment there - yeah people, it happens). Old man with a pointed hat makes me think of the little ex-teacher wizard in Shrek forever after, which i think y'all agree is not the best complement one can make.
Q4. Who would be your most loved character apart from the main, Penny Porter? I'm sure for many girls my age (17) or boys of that matter, Noah is the hunky "Rock-God-Tastic: messy hair and chiseled cheek boned" guy we dream about but never feel that he actually exists. But, this surely is not the case for ordinary Penny Porter who has the fairy tale romance everyone wants. I'm not sure about you guys but the amount of times he noticed that she felt uneasy and held her hand to make her feel better in chapter 20 (walking down the stairs into the dark to the edgy cafe) or where he is so nearly going to kiss her but doesn't, these moments make my stomach turn (in a good way) and creates the most delicious fluttering feeling in my stomach that makes me feel like i'm her, at that exact moment, with him. (This ladies and gentlemen, is when i'm sitting in my most unflattering PJ's, no makeup or anything and probably crying over how lonely i am - only joking, #StrongIndependantWomen) This, i suppose is the effect that they were hoping for from these delicate moments in the book, which surely goes to show that this book is a goodin'. I also love how accepting he is of her in all her moments - panic attack in the car is one that stands out (and probably relates to many youths her age) - giving her advice and making her feel safe and comfortable. He seems so kind and sweet to her but is this just a mask to hide his secret? Or is he being genuine? Read it to find out.
Q5. To end, What was your most enjoyable aspect of the book overall? I love how relatable all the themes were in the book - anxiety, boys/first love and friendship to name a few. If you watch the author, Zoe Sugg's YouTube channel (aka Zoella or MoreZoella), you'd understand that many of these themes running through the book were her way of opening up personally through Penny and i felt this was such a magical way of reading the novel. I feel this personal connection created was her way of connecting with her fans on an underlying level that felt as if she was saying, "I'm human and very much like you all and this book is my way of saying that we all are in this together and i can relate to your problems as much as anyone else". This has definitely been the secret to her success and the love fans hold for her as a blogger and recent author. She is so humble about everything that she does and always finds a way to relate to you as a young person which in some aspects she has created a community through YouTube for young people to talk to someone comfortably showing that your part of something and not alone.
I'm sure you can already guess that she is one of my most loved hero's.
On this note, i'll end the blog here. I hope i did Zoe proud and did her book justice. I know there was a lot of controversy over the book and how she used a ghost writer to write it. I personally haven't been phased by this as you have to admit she is only 24 and hasn't had much experience in that field. Also, ghost writers are used all the time by celebrities so I don't know why there was so much fuss about Zoë Sugg in particular.
I know i said i wasn't going to do paragraphs, but its obvious i did. I hope that didn't bother you.
I hope you enjoyed it and Please Please let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this blog and how it is so far. I love a bit of critical advice/feedback, it just shows me how i can improve - especially if you are a fellow blogger and know your stuff.
A few questions to ask you guys:
If you've read Girl Online, did you like it?
Who was your favorite character and why?
How would you describe her book in one word?
These questions are for all you out there who have read the book, any of you who haven't - READ IT! I mean it, i'm sure from already reading this little review you'll understand why I love it so much and why you should love it too. You may think that it looks a bit young for you, but trust me it's really gripping and contains some really relatable and serious topics.
I know that you'll enjoy it.
Happy reading and enjoy the rest of your week, and i'll speak to you guys next week for more creative things - fashion related (and don't worry, this next one will have lots of pictures so stay in tune).
Lots and lots of love xxx
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