God. I’ve never hated a book this much. First off, It was so childish and the plot(if there was any) was totally predictable. I know that Zoe is a good YouTuber and all, but I think she’s too young to write a novel. I’ve actually read loads of novels on Wattpad written by amateur and n0t to mention, really really young writers, that were actually one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, to see a book like Girl Online published by Atria (aka Simon & Schuster) which is a great publisher, mind you, is just shocking. I think about all the understated Wattpad books that may never be published and then look at Girl Online and think, huh, what a waste.
Now back to the book I loathed with every single piece of my heart.
The protagonist (aka Penny) was such a pain in the ass, to be honest. She would whine about the most ludicrous things and make a big deal out of everything. And she’s too immature for a 16 year old that it was literally exasperating. And then Noah comes into the picture and the story only gets worse and worse. Although he’s 18, he’d sometimes be so damn juvenile to the point of utter irritation.
Here’s one of the Penny-Noah scenes to sum the whole thing up:
N: “If you could invite any fictional character to a picnic, who would it be?”
P: “Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars so I could bring him back to life”
N: “Great answer, I’d bring that sappy guy from Twilight-so I could kill him.”
Yes, that’s an actual scene from this book and no, I didn’t even change a coma.
For starters, you can’t just promise to kill a sappy fictional character from an almost-classic book. And you can’t call them sappy when you are clichéd and corny yourself. And YOU CAN’T BRING UP FICTIONAL CHARACTERS LIKE AUGUSTUS WATERS TO A BOOK THIS HORRIFYING.
No one deserves to read a book this damaging, so please don’t pick this up.
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.