Book review + discussion: Girl Online Trilogy by Zoe Sugg

A story where you travel around Europe plus New York. Sign me in. I really enjoyed and adored this series because on how the story depicts the life of Penny Porter as a blogger and her family and friends. Though the series is cliché, the message behind the book is what struck me the most.

Sit back and relax. Grab your drink and let’s talk about the “Girl Online Trilogy”.

  1. It tackles about anxiety

At the start of the book 1, you will meet Penny Porter who has an anxiety. She was like girl online going solothe rest of us – blogger, introspective, photographer, and a loving person so it is not hard to get into her shoes. And as the book 2 and 3 rolls up, it shows how she conquer and balance her fears and even if she’s gone through a lot, she helped other people to overcome their own fears and to be the best version of yourself.

  1. Good representation of family

I know not a lot of us has a good relationship between our parents or brothers/sisters but for me reading a book when a teenager has a great bonding with her/his family is too good to be true. In this series, you will see how understanding and loving her parents are especially her brother is such a cool guy you’ll ever meet.

  1. Talks about friendship and teenager angst

A lot of crazy stuffs in the story when friendship associates in a YA contemporary books. So, in these series it shows what is the real friendship does and Penny’s forgiveness towards to her enemies. Teenage years is a difficult stage but reading this story is so much refreshing.

  1. Passion

You see not a lot of us could reach what we love to do. Even more so, when you’re supposed to recognize what course would you take after high school. In that sense, the story also centers about listening into your intuition and to follow your dreams.

  1. #TeamInternet

Since our protagonist is a blogger, you know what happens when it depicts the life of a blogger and the uses of social media. Her hobby is to take a photograph, so when she has a chance to showcase her works – she presents the good side of technology in our society. It is also a good representation about the PROs of social media. *I remember the Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West about the use of social media in this generation. If you like that kind of story, you should give this a try.

Even if I like this series a lot, there’s still a CONs.

  1. Insta-Love

I’m not a fan of Insta-Love because it’s not real and it’s impossible. Imagine you just met a guy at New York then suddenly you clicked and boom boom pow, here we go again to the lines of “I really think I like you” or “Not just like but love”. however, I still give it a chance because that is not my primary focus on the story.

  1. Love interest

So, here’s the thing, I admit that it disappoints me in a tiny bit of my heart. Why does a

girl online on tour
I tried my best but since this is a basic kindle. The struggle is real.
story needs a love interest when the story itself is so much good without it? I don’t have against about the love thingy because I have a boyfriend. BUTTT… this book is so good. Throughout the series, you will see the amazing character development especially for Penny and on the third book when she changed for the better. Then suddenly, here comes again the Brooklyn Boy. I have this vision in my head when I wish the ending is not the typical “Happily-Ever-After.”

 

Girl Online series may not be a perfect book but I loved the theme of the story.

(Source: I would like to thank NetGalley and Atria for providing me the Girl Online book #1. This will not influence my review.)

Read this if……

You like the concept of the story that tackles so much things about teenagers.

Places it was set.

Brighton, Scotland, Italy, Paris, Germany, and New York


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Published on November 25, 2014 by Atria/Keywords Press

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★

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Synopsis:

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 go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.


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Published on October 22, 2015 by Keywords Press

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★

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Synopsis:

The sequel to the number-one bestseller Girl Online. Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer


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Published on November 17, 2016 by Penguin Books Ltd

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads//Amazon//Fully Booked

Synopsis:

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

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