You all just have no idea. I absolutely fell head over heels for this novel. I'll admit I hadn't a clue who on earth this Zoe Sugg person was; that is until last December when I read somewhere that her debut novel outsold JK Rowling's in the first week. I mean, how is that even possible? So color me intrigued. It turns out that the author of "Girl Online" is also know to those in the You Tube know as Zoella. I had no idea how absolutely clueless I was about You Tuber culture until I stumbled upon Zoella. She's cute as a button and produces videos, mostly about makeup, but also about her life in general via her Vlogs. From there I fell down the You Tube rabbit hole and started subscribing (You Tube lingo) to all her other 20something British friends; who also happen to be successful You Tubers. But I digress, I'll compile a list of my favorite You Tubers another time. Let's discuss the book.
I'm well aware that this book was not written for my demographic, i.e. not the young adult set, but that didn't deter me. It did take a bit of time for me to actually get into the novel. It wasn't love at first few chapters, let's put it that way. But soon enough I was hooked. Does it try to hard to address universal teen themes like anxiety, why yes, yes it does. But I managed to push past that and eventually really couldn't wait to read on. So if you're looking to live vicariously through a British teenager, then "Girl Online" is going to be your summer jam. This book is a beach read if I ever did see one.