Penny has a secret.
Under the alias Girl Online, 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.
I wanted to like Girl Online. I really, really did. It’s not that I’m a huge Zoella fan (I’m not), but I have a lot of respect for her; she has accomplished some amazing things.
It was clear from the moment I started reading that the book wasn’t for me. After struggling through the first couple chapters I had to put it down. I’ve tried to sit back down and read it various times, but I can never get through more than a chapter in one sitting. I finally gave up about half way through the book.
There were several thing that didn’t sit right with me. However, it was the characters that really put me off. Every single character in the book acts and talks like an eleven-year-old girl. Yes, even the adults. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get over that. It was almost insulting.
The plot was hard to read as well. Instead of getting into the plot line advertised in the synopsis, you get a 100 page (ish) sub plot in the beginning that completely confused me (I thought Penny was supposed to be a blogger… not a photographer?). You also get an awkward MG romance thrown in with a cliché used-to-be-best-friend-now-arch-nemesis character.
Also, who talks with that may exclamation marks!!!??!!!
When I stopped reading (150-ish pages in) the “main plot” was just beginning. Honestly I just couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t mean to bash on the book, but it really let me down. I kind of take that personally.
I’m sad to say this, but Girl Online only gets one out of five hearts from me.