Girl Online

(13 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Brighton teenager Penny writes a blog under the alias 'GirlOnline', covering everything from school dramas, friends and boys, to the panic attack she's been suffering lately. After a particularly humiliating incident at school, an unexpected trip of a lifetime to New York offers a welcome distraction - especially when she meets gorgeous young musician Noah, and falls head over heels for him. But there's trouble ahead, when she discovers that Noah has surprising secrets of his own, and Penny's real-life and online identities are soon set for a collision course.

This is the first book from Zoe Sugg, better known as Youtube star Zoella. Dealing with many issues that will be familiar to Zoella's millions of  fans - including the ups and downs of social media, and the challenges of dealing with anxiety - this is a sweet and warm-hearted teen tale. There are some funny moments (told that Penny is going 'viral', her dad says: 'I thought you looked a bit peaky… Do you want a Lemsip?'), and whilst the story might perhaps be a little predictable for older teen readers, this is certain to be a hit with younger teens and pre-teens in search of a gentle story of friendship and romance.

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