I was right, of course. But when it finally shows up, it's not a regular lopsided smile, but it's lopsided and he has "several" dimples.
Find all of my reviews at: Here's what Professor Snape thinks about that. And here's what I think. 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. Then I found out the "author" maybe, seems she didn't even write this piece of g Find all of my reviews at: Then I found out the "author" maybe, seems she didn't even write this piece of garbage at this point was someone who became famous via You Tube.
No offense to all you YouTubers out there, but someone who became famous for vlogging is not someone I would automatically equate with having the ability to write a novel.
Lucky for us all not - this is the age where every Joe Blow seems to be getting an automatic extension on their 15 minutes of fame in order to make an extra dollar or twelve. But like I said, I didn't know anything about this book or the author upon starting. When I read the synopsis, I figured I would at least enjoy this little story.
For those of you who like me are unfamiliar with this book, the premise is as follows: Penny is your average awkward teenager. She's a little clumsy and a lot unsure about her looks.
In order to connect with others like herself, Penny starts a blog called GirlOnline where she can express herself anonymously. All is well until she starts blogging about a mystery man she met and romanced while visiting New York City with her family. Sounds clichéd, but potentially adorable right? While the clichés and overused storyline could have been forgiven, the horrible writing and terrible characters cannot.
Some of my issues were: This "blog" by an anonymous rando goes from zero to 10, followers in less than a year. There's no way she'd get that kind of following. She's someone who deserves a following. This time around they are disguised as overworked party planners, but they still let their 15 year old daughter go cavorting with a complete stranger in NYC. Penny is sooooooo stupid: Is this what it means when people talk about meeting their soul mate?
Penny's BFF and his voice of reason: Unfortunately, even he wore thin after awhile. According to Goodreads I've read books this year. Girl Online will easily make the Top 10 worst of those books. The only thing I can say I truly enjoyed? View all 65 comments. Okay, I didn't actually finish it. I got about something pages in and gave up. I just marked it as read for filing purposes. This book was just so cheesy and it did that thing where the writer ghost writer in this case is so obviously an adult but is trying to write as if she was a teenager ex: Also, the main character, Penny, is the run-of-the-mill YA female protagonist with her freckles and crazy red hair and clumsiness; it just didn't do anything for me.
I really like Zoe Sugg as a YouTuber and obviously this was based off of her life, but I didn't like it in book form. I think this could have been a lot stronger if it didn't try so hard to be "so relatable" and whatnot. Oh well, at least I tried? View all 16 comments. Nov 25, Laura rated it it was ok. 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. The 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.
It claims to be a novel, which, by definition, means fiction. The story itself is predictable to the point of being boring. I have no problem with predictable plots, in fact, I enjoy predictable books — if the route to the predictable ending is enjoyable.
Sadly, this one was not. I imagine that if Penguin had read this book without a famous name attached to it, it would have ended up in the slush pile and forgotten about. I tried, I really did! View all 41 comments. Nov 15, Shannelle rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.
It's so frustrating people how are praising her for beating J. 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 phenomenal outcome from a woman who drew inspirat Update: You do not compare a ghostwritten book to an phenomenal outcome from a woman who drew inspiration from all the hardships she faced; her mom's death influenced her whole journey a lot.
You can view the whole timeline on her website. She didn't get approached by some publishing representative; she got rejected by twelve publishers, and in the end, her publisher even made her use "J. So of course there was no record breaking debut week, but Harry Potter has broken nearly every other record there is since then. The books have inspired a movie franchise, and J.
Rowling's earning millions, but she also donates regularly to charity. She's made an entire empire on books all written by herself, and she did all that through hard work, from nothing to a household name. She's an absolute queen. She did not need help trying something new. It's not going to top J. Rowling in the long run. View all 27 comments. Sep 02, Isa Cantos Crónicas de una Merodeadora rated it it was amazing. Bien, ahora que hemos dejado eso de lado, empecemos con la reseña.
Por casualidades de la vida, Penny, su familia y Elliot, su mejor amigo, terminan pasando Navidad en Nueva York y allí la vida de Penny cambia. Nuestra protagonista conoce a un chico guapísimo, al que no le importa su torpeza y que parece tener ojos sólo para ella Y bueno, hablando de Noah Cuando no es creíble. Cuando hay muchísimas escenas que me hacen creer que los involucrados sí tienen química y que son almas gemelas o Detonantes ;. Es un mejor amigo como pocos, aunque me parece curioso que ahora la mayoría de mejores amigos de chicas protagonistas sean gays.
Me refiero a que no sólo los nombran de pasada, sino que al acabar el libro sentimos que conocemos un poco de Ollie, Megan, Sadie Lee, Tom e incluso los padres de Penny y Elliot. En fin, sé que este libro ha desatado mucha polémica, pero a mí me gustó muchísimo y no puedo esperar a leer Girl Online: On Tour cuando salga: El plot twist no lo vi venir y rompió mi corazón en pedacitos. View all 8 comments. Sep 17, Molly Fabulous rated it did not like it. 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? View all 49 comments. Nov 25, Emery rated it it was ok. 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 Very disappointed with this book. If this book had some unknown authors name on the cover, there would not be nearly as much praise and admiration for it. But because Zoe's name is on it everyone thinks its the best book ever written.
Well I read it as soon as it came out - and the truth is it is just very basic and unoriginal. View all 9 comments. Dec 17, Maddie rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 '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 only gave 'Girl Online' 1 star.
There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this one, from one star to five stars, but there aren't very many reasons why these ratings were given. Firstly, the plot was not what I was expecting. Sugg seems to have followed the idea of 'write what you know', creating a fictional persona, rather than a character because of the vast similarities between herself and Penny.
However, seeing as Sugg has over 6 million subscribers, I was surprised that this part of her life wasn't utilised in the novel. It's called 'Girl Online' because it's meant to be about a girl who blogs anonymously online, but this only acted as a mere subplot. I was expecting Penny's status as a blogger to play a much bigger role in the storyline, rather than to just be something quirky she did.
Also, the panic attacks element to Penny's character was not explained well, which left me feeling very confused whenever they occurred. Secondly, the romance was ridiculous. Noah, her love interest, is introduced on the first day Penny is in New York and within about six hours, they've fallen in love.
They're sharing secrets they've never told anyone else, they're sharing family traditions with each other, though they're practically strangers. Noah was 18 and Penny was only 15, yet her parents were more than happy for her to run about a foreign city with a guy she just met. Along with the insta-love romance, everything just seemed a bit too convenient. Of course this rich American couple are going to pay for her family to have Christmas in New York to plan a wedding.
Of course Penny's allowed to bring her best friend with her. It's so realistic that the Porter family got to stay in the states for another week, so Penny could spend more time with Noah! This book was definitely split into distinct parts. Penny told, and didn't show, the reader about her life, family and friends.
Some horrific video was posted of her stumbling on stage onto the Internet, so she jetted off to New York to escape it all. Although the romance was so instant and made me roll my eyes too many times, it was still sweet.
It had a 'Just One Day' feel to it. This was interesting, as I'm sure Sugg has experienced online hate, so you could tell Penny's feelings about it were genuine. I did find it incredibly ironic that once the ghostwriting thing was revealed to the world, Sugg did exactly what Penny did and hid from the online world.
Although, it seems Penny had more guts than she did, and overtly, with no shame, told the world her side of the story. As I said, this book received 1 star. The inserted blog posts from 'Girl Online' were mediocre, the plot was average and predictable.
What I thought would be delivered was not. This was generally a 'young adult' novel that only stood out because of the author, not because of the content and even then, she didn't write it all herself. For me, this novel faded into the background and was a disappointing read. View all 5 comments. Dec 08, Melanie rated it did not like it Shelves: When this book arrived in my mailbox I actually had no idea that this book was written by a "celebrity". I can definitely see why she's become an inspiration to so many others.
Instead, I was given a generic story line that was so very predictable. So predictable to the point where I could almost guess exactly what the main character was going to say when she opened her mouth. Furthermore, this book felt awfully "childish" to me. I'm not trying to be condescending or anything but the narrator's voice felt more like a 12 year old as opposed to the 15 year that Penny is meant to be.
And this is coming from someone who is a 15 year old me. Despite that, the main reason why I actually ended up DNFing this book was because of the great and terrible: Then I do look up, and for a split second we're staring into each other's eyes. And click—I feel another part of me slotting into place with him. That GIF sums it up just about right. Nov 15, celine celinereads rated it really liked it.
I read the first pages in one sitting and the next ish in another sitting and i just couldn't put it down?? I thought this book was addicting and cute and entertaining. I haven't picked up a book s 4. I haven't picked up a book since september and this book definitely helped me get out of a slump and fall back in love with reading: Nov 06, Kimi rated it it was ok Shelves: Alright so first things first, here are my thoughts on the ghost writing situation.
Now l Alright so first things first, here are my thoughts on the ghost writing situation. So girl online is basically a mash up of every cliché that may come to your mind. This aspect of the book was so over done that it felt really unrealistic to me. Remember High School Musical guys? This makes me so angry.
I feel like some books use the gay character just to serve a purpose but not in a realistic way. This book smells so good. View all 12 comments. 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. If you are looking for something original, this is I don't care what everybody's going to think about me. If you are looking for something original, this is not for you. But if you love sweet stories about love, and you don't mind that the age of heroine is 16, I'd say go for it.
It's really easy to read. It has a sexy boy with a secret. What more do you need? One thing is certain for me. I will definitely read next book Zoe will write. View all 3 comments. 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 Oooof. It feels like a stuffy, old fogey approach to YA cliches. It feels like a completely out of touch person's view of what's popular in YA.
Someone who maybe Googled, "what's popular in YA? But when it finally shows up, it's not a regular lopsided smile, but it's lopsided and he has "several" dimples. Like now you are imagining some weirdo with a half frozen face and three holes on either side of his mouth.
WTF is going on? The blog entries were painful. In fact, all of the writing was painful because it was all overly simplistic language. While Penny is young at 15, 15 is not 10 and most of this felt like it could've been written by a 10 year old. Anyone acquainted with blogging or Internet communities probably scoffed at the idea that Girl Online had thousands of followers.
Penny was a shell of a character. She had curly hair! Her self worth is almost entirely based on this one dude she knows for a week who tells her she's real pretty like. Don't you just love when girls in books base their self-esteem on boys? It can't go unsaid either: Penny is 15 and Noah is Just barely getting by the statutory rape laws in New York, but that shouldn't be something you want said about your central love story The plot is basically Penny falls down a lot and then goes to New York where she falls in love with an 18 year old who is also famous and problems are almost always solved within two pages and they kiss a lot, the end.
I thought about rating this two stars because I've definitely read worse, but those were actively worse. This kind of matches it for how obviously it was thrown together, hitting all the highlights of what the young'ins might like.
To give it two stars and thus say, "it was okay," wouldn't feel honest. This was not okay; I want my money back. View all 4 comments. Nov 23, Rachel rated it did not like it. 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 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 I like Zoe, I really do.
But it was too cookie cutter. The anxiety attacks were strangely the only thing that kept this book from being a complete snore. Knowing that it was something personal to Zoe made the character feel a little more real, but it was still so typical. The writing was alright and the plot wasn't awful, but it was a little bit predictable.
It's a cute read, for me it took about 3 hours, but it's not the kind of thing you fall in love with. I recommend it to fans of Zoe, because they'll be used to her style of writing, and anyone who's looking for an easy read. Don't go to it expecting thick plot, because the end-of-the-world drama lasts about 3 pages before things start to right themselves. Read it for fluff and fun. View all 7 comments. It's not even funny how right I was about this book.
The writing was depressingly juvenile, and it was so chock-full of cliches and purple prose, I wanted to punch a wall. The prose was sickeningly sweet, and dripping in syrupy fakeness. You literally just met her. Also, sixteen-year-olds don't know what the deuce love is, or what the fuck soulmates are.
I cannot deal with this whole "we're meant to be toget It's not even funny how right I was about this book. I cannot deal with this whole "we're meant to be together" crap from sixteen-year-olds. It is artificial and unrealistic. Everyone in this book is so overdramatic, you know? I felt like everyone was doing a hair-flip each time they talked.
Or "sassed", and I use the word "sassed" lightly here. If this was the final, ghost-written product, I do not want to know what Ms. Sugg's original book was like. It is impossible for this to have been worse than it was. It is so hard to believe this was written by an adult; barring the use of some grandiloquent words like "vacuous" and "inane".
A twelve-year-old masquerading as an adult, perhaps. There were so many exclamation points, like OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have many, many pet peeves, and overuse of punctuation is definitely one. No adult I know writes like that. A thirteen-year-old could have written better. This literary catastrophe beat Harry Potter for selling the most number of books in its first week?!! This actually makes me weep for humanity. Its portrayal of high-school life was unnecessarily dramatic and unintentionally funny.
I also hated how everything just sort of came together in the end, with no real explanation or solution. So fucking abrupt, I tell you. Of course, because that's how real life works. Let me tell you how things in this book work: Penny has a problem, Penny feels bad about the problem, Penny blogs about the problem, people apologise to Penny, Penny is perfect once again.
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