Girl Online Going Solo Review

Today I am doing a review on the third book in one of my favourite series that I have been waiting months for: Girl Online! I remember when I finished reading the first two books: Girl Online and Girl Online On tour that I was dying for a third book, but at the point in time Zoe Sugg, also known as Zoella had not released any information about if she was releasing a third book. So when she released the information that in fact she was working on a third book earlier this year I was so excited. I raced down to my store yesterday to pick up this book, because the day had finally arrived, the book I as dying to read was finally released! Girl Online Going Solo.

However, I was not able to finish this book in one day, the way I would have liked, but life got in the way. The joys of being an Adult! However, I finally got to sit down today and read the last 250 pages of this wonderful book. I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you all, I currently can not share my feelings and emotions with my fiancé, the person that has had to hear all my feelings and deal with all my emotions on this series since day 1, as he is currently streaming the new Pokémon Sun and Moon release! So, I thought I would share with you guys, while I am waiting for him to finish streaming for the night, which shouldn’t be too far off as it is currently 11:23pm as I type this out.

Yes, I’ve also been playing the new Pokémon Sun and Moon today too! What can I say, I’m a bit of a ‘nerd’, is that the word people like to describe us wonderful people that love books, games and everything amazing!

Please bear with me while I try to give a short summary of the book and while I try to put my emotions and feelings into words, I find this rather difficult to put my feelings into words online.

There may be a few spoilers, I apologise for this, I will try to keep them to a minimal, but please read at your own discretion! 🙂


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Penny’s life is back to normal.

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 – struggling with stage fright and in need of support. 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?

 

 


Summary:

This third book in the Girl Online series: Going Solo, is about how Penny tries to go back to her normal life, ‘normal’ being how her life was before she started dating the famous hot band guy Noah from New York. After the two breaking up and going their separate ways, Noah finds that the break up for him is harder than what he thought, quitting the world tour and going in hiding to figure out his head and emotions, not telling anyone where he is, not even his grandma and his little sister Bella.

Penny is heartbroken and tries to find ways to distract her self by infesting all her time in to her blog, and her photography as well as helping those around her, especially Elliot, her childhood best friend and her new found friend Posey that she meets while visiting her friend Megan at her New School.

Penny’s life starts to change when she visits Megan one weekend at Megan’s New School: Madame Laplage, a school for drama, musical, and anything creative, even photography. This is when Penny meets a hot Scottish boy Callum, a boy that loves photography as much as she does, however this soon leads to her having a panic attack, having being a sufferer of anxiety, knows she must get away and runs out of the school common room leaving Callum starring after her completely confused. While re-covering from her panic attack sees a girl from across the grass crying, so she walks over and asks if she is okay, little did she know she girl was going to be her new best friend – Posey.

Posey suffering from Stage fright, needs Penny’s help to over come this to perform the lead role in her schools performance. Penny helps by introducing Posey and Megan to Leah Brown, a famous singer. However, this eventually goes drastically wrong, pulling Megan, Posey and Penny apart after one of these girls portrayed her by leaking one of Leahs new songs that are yet to be released yet. Penny finds out who her true friends are.

In the meantime, she finds out that Callum, happens to be the cousin of the couple that are getting married in Scotland. The wedding that Penny’s mum and Noah’s grandmother happening to be catering. Little did Penny know, that while she was dancing with Callum at this wedding, was going to be the time that she got that moment that she had been waiting for, Noah’s return. Leaving Penny feeling confused and an emotional wreck, deciding whether she wants to be with Noah or just be friends?


My feelings and Opinions:

First, I would like to start this off by stating that when I picked up this book yesterday, the first thing I did was read the blurb, this was a bit devastating for me. This was because the blurb gave the impression that Noah and Penny were not going to get back together, making me too worried to read it, but I pushed past this, my heart telling me that for sure Noah and Penny would be back together and everything would be okay again in the world of Girl Online. I’m completely team Pennoah. To me these two people are just absolutely gorgeous together, truly magical. I would be completely devastated if Zoella ended this book with these two not being back together.

When Noah turned up at the Wedding to ask Penny to dance while she was with Callum, I was mixed with some many emotions. I was so sad for Penny because she was so hear broken over losing Noah and was trying so hard to move past it all, so I was all for her meeting new guys but I also wanted Noah to turn up and fix everything. However, I did not expect it to happen while she was on a date with Callum. My heart went out to Penny in this moment, I would not know what to do if I was in her position. However, I was still so happy that Noah was back! It gave me hope that Pennoah would be back together at last!

I really love the friendship that was created between Penny and Elliot, it’s such a beautiful friendship, nothing could ever get between them and it is simply beautiful, you do not seem many of those friendships around. Elliot is such a beautiful character so full of life and emotions and simply makes you feel like you want to protect him and hug him and tell him everything is going to be alright!

I absolutely loved this book! I was sad that it had to end, but I was so happy that I got to read this book and be apart of the Girl Online book community. This book has helped me so much in getting through my own life issues, and has been an inspiring series to read. Especially because Penny has her own blog, and one of the main plots in this series is her blog, I have found it rather inspiring for my own blog. This book series: Girl Online has opening up my mind to many ideas, inspiring me to get back into my passion of art after reading about Penny’s inspirations and dedication to her Photography. It helped me realise that I have missed doing the things I love. The relationship between Noah and Penny also make me feel so grateful and happy for my fiancé, sometimes it’s nice to have that reminder of what you have and to not take that for granted you know? Because I know that I am extremely lucky to have my fiancé, and like everyone, sometimes I forget how lucky I am. This is the type of book that any young person would love. I fell in love with this series straight away and I know I could read this again and again!

I gave this book 5 stars because I loved it so much, there is nothing bad that I can say about this book! Zoella did an amazing job! I hope that she continues to write, even if it is not for Girl Online, but for other books! She has an amazing talent!


Have you read this book? Are you going to? What are your thoughts? 🙂

 

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Top 10 Tuesday 8th November

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/

This week the topic for top 10 Tuesday is: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I like this topic because its the beginning of a new month and I have bought lots of new books recently.

My TBR list includes these 10 new books 🙂

1.Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg.

I’ve added this to by TBR list, because it gets released on the 17th of this month. I’m quite excited for this book as it is the 3rd book in the Girl Online series! I wanted to add a description or a blurb to this book, but since it has not been released yet, I wont.

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2. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham.

Lauren Graham is one of my favourite actresses and when I found out a few months back that she is also an author I just had to buy her book and add it to my TBR 🙂 someday-someday-maybe-by-lauren-graham.jpg

‘ Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing ‘important’ work. But all she has to show for her efforts is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters. She needs a backup plan because she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.’

 

 

 

3. A court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass.

This one because of all the good reviews I have hearda-court-of-thorns-and-roses. It sounds amazing and seems like my type of book 🙂

‘Feyre is  huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.’

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass.

Again, because of all the reviews and because it was on my local book stores top 101 book shelf 🙂

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‘ Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice, Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?’

 

 

 

5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.

The cover of this book tempted me to read this book because its beautiful! So I just had to add it to my TBR after hearing reviews about this.

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‘She will bring down the world. Snow barely remembers a time before she was locked in a psychiatric hospital. But when the love of her life disappears in the night, Snow must follow a mysterious stranger into a magical frozen world to find him. Amidst witches, thieves and spells, secrets unravel as Snow discovers she is heir to this world’s corrupt and twisted king. And she has great ice powers of her own. Now Snow faces choices that will decide the fate of a kingdom – and if she can ever return to the life she knew before.’

 

 

 

 

 

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

I had to add this to TBR after hearing Zoella, who is a You tuber, add it to her book club. She had high recommendations for this book 🙂

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‘Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. I’m broken, and no one can fixt it.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death. In that instant we went ploughing through the guardrail, my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves….

I send a message to violet: ‘You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.’

‘You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.’

7. Where she went by Gayle Forman.

This book is the second story to If I stay So I just had to add it to my TBR list because If I Stay was just beautiful.

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‘It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life. And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night. Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?’

 

 

 

 

8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

I’ve heard a lot about this book, and I got intrigued.

illuminae-kaufman-kristoff.jpgThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporation’s are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.’

9.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

This book intrigued me. A lot of books intrigue me, especially when they are young adult books 🙂we-were-liars

‘ A beautiful and distinguished family. A Private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four – friends – the liars – whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

This book has had so many good reviews so I just had to grab it! 9781620401392_custom-7b685c3426b519eaa2745c21ff4462bdbc179f56-s6-c30-jpeg

‘Scion, No safer Place.

The year is 2059.

Nineteen year old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dream walker, a clairvoyant – and in her world, the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. But outside the repressive boundaries of Scion, a powerful, otherworldly race waits in the shadows. The season has come and Paige’s life is about to change for ever.’

 

 

 

 

What is on your TBR list? I would love to know! 🙂

 

Friday Reads 21st September

Friday Reads was Founded by Shelley Wilson, anyone can join! All you have to do is write these:

  • First line of book
  • Recruit Fans by adding the book blurb
  • Introduce the main character using only 3 words
  • Delightful design (add the cover image of the book)
  • Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
  • Your favourite line/scene

My Friday book share/ Friday Read is Girl Online by Zoe Sugg also known as Zoella! I absolutely love this book, so this is the book I chose to share today!

  • First Line of the book:

‘Hello world, I’ve decided to start a blog’.

  • Recruit Fans by adding the book blurb:

‘Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. 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.’

  • Introduce the main character using only 3 words
  1. emotional
  2. young
  3. excitement
  • Delightful design (add the cover image of the book)

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  • Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Any one that loves a story about how a young teenage girl that’s trying to get through the high school drama scene, while being in love, being a blogger and suffering from anxiety. This story is basically a young adult love story that is set during the teen years. It is easily relatable so easily to get attached to! I got attached to this because I can relate so much to this. It is so well written and easy to read, you just fall in love easily. Its a book for all ages.

  • Your favourite line/scene

One of my favourite scenes in the book is when Penny is whisked away from a wedding reception by the mysterious Noah to the roof topic for a night picnic under the New York stars. I love this scene because Penny demonstrated all those feelings you have when you are first falling in love when you’re a teenager. Its just full of happiness, love, excitement, shyness, just everything that resembles those butterfly feelings you get when you first go on a date with the guy you have a crush on. I’m a sucker for the corny love scenes 🙂

 

What’s a book you would want to recommend? comment below or make your own Friday book share post 🙂