Book title: “Girl Online Going Solo” (Girl Online #3)
Author: Zoe Sugg
Publication year: 2016
Number of pages: 352
Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 2.75☆
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, who she can really help with her stage fright. 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?
Okay, so this book left me feeling like meh.
This series just got worse and cheesier with each book and I seriously considered writing snarky comments into the book…but I am still not that desperate.
One thing that really annoys me when it comes to this series is that I feel like the anxiety is somehow silly. Like I don’t know how to describe it, but the way it is written annoys me for some reason. Like Penny’s panic attacks and inner monologues are so badly written it seems stupid and that is not what it should be like. At all! So there is definitely something there that could be much much better written.
The drama was so funny. It was so unreal how blind a person can be when it is so clear that they are being lied to. If someone has betrayed you before and now something fishy happens then why blame someone else and fall for the manipulation.
Overall the characters seemed a bit flat as well. When in the first book I actually really loved Elliot then now I felt slightly annoyed. Even Noah, the charmer from America, was not the same. There was no real character development in this book and when you constantly feel like rolling your eyes or slapping the characters then you know something is not right.
I get that it is supposed to be this cheesy and cute story for people and in that sense the book delivers. So that is why I gave it a 2.75 star rating, because there is something about it that does keep your interest.
The main reasons for why I wanted this book: a) it is orange and b) now I have the whole trilogy. Other than that this book/series is not really worth the time. I’m sorry if you like this, then that is perfectly fine. I actually liked the series when I first started reading it but over time my positive emotions faded and I started seeing things that were just not what I wanted in a book.
Penny as a narrator I think is supposed to be enlightening and motivating, but to be honest it just seems too much. Like at times it is overplayed and then it just doesn’t make any sense. She was a hot mess.
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