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Review: Zoe Sugg – Girl Online

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22510983This book was hyped so much that when we were out shopping, I asked Cameron to buy me it for Christmas. And then two days later, it came out that maybe Zoella didn’t write the book herself and had help from a ghostwriter. I personally don’t really care about that, many people use ghostwriters to write their ideas, so it’s not really surprising that someone young and popular like this would do the same thing. Good for her as she gets her idea turned into a book, and good for the publisher to cash in on her internet fame for the Christmas sales rush.

Just like the last book I read, I think I would have enjoyed this book immensely about 10 years ago, but although I still enjoyed it very much now, it did feel very teenager-ish.

The book centres around a 15 year old blogger whose parents land a job planning a wedding in New York just before Christmas. Penny is the clumsiest most awkward teenager imaginable, so she’s grateful for a change of scenery. And when she meets the supposed boy of her dreams, it looks like Penny is in for the perfect Christmas. He whisks her off her feet showing her the sights of Brooklyn, and even writes a song about her.

But when Penny returns to Brighton and finds out the truth about who Noah really is, her perfect fantasy is turned upside down and for more reasons than you’d imagine.

Of course there’s a twist in the ending, which you can probably guess (I know I did), which leads to a happy ending for all involved.

The book was a very pleasant read and a nice happy story, but the characters seemed a bit cliched and the some aspects of the story felt a little under-developed. It was very predictable in what was going to happen; girl falls in love, boy does something wrong, boy turns up and makes it all okay. The cross-atlantic aspect was quite nice, and I did feel like the book was very well written to make you feel empathy with the characters, but I did find Penny annoying at times. Probably because I’m a bit older than the target audience for the book, so not the fault of the author.

I’d definitely recommend this book to younger authors, but if you’ve got past the stage of teenage crushes and infatuations, then this book probably isn’t for you.

3/5

Review: Olivia Goldsmith – Uptown Girl

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uptown-girl-olivia-goldsmithThis is another kindle book, read on my phone whenever I’ve had a spare few minutes. It takes quite a while to read books this way, but it’s better than the crap I would be reading if I was just checking Facebook in those spare few minutes (sorry if any of you are my Facebook friends – I don’t mean you).

This book was definitely a typical chick-lit book, although the storyline didn’t go in quite the direction I expected when I first started reading it. In my opinion, the book wasn’t particularly well written, which would have been okay if the book had a strong storyline, but I found it a bit boring to be honest. When I read chick-lit books, I enjoy them most when I can relate to the character, or if I can at least feel some kind of connection with them, but Kate seemed to be like a spoilt posh girl with too high an opinion of herself, and it really didn’t endear me to want the story to finish off in her favour. But of course, in typical chick-lit fashion, it did.

A quick overview of the story in case you were still thinking of reading the book: Kate’s a youngish woman from Brooklyn, coming from a broken childhood to make it good in Manhattan. She’s got a new set of friends (all very stereotypical characters) and a good job, and what she thinks is a great boyfriend. But then her old and new lives collide rather dramatically and there’s nothing Kate can do to stop it from unravelling.

Her best friend Bina thought she was going to be proposed to by her boyfriend Jack, but instead he ran off abroad without her. But then Kate’s friends notice that there’s a guy charmingly nicknamed ‘Dumping Billy’ who has a reputation that every girl he goes out with is proposed to straight away after he dumps them. So of course Kate’s friends create this master plan for Bina to go out with Billy so that she can win Jack back and get the ring that she has always wanted. Of course, this doesn’t seem like such a great plan when Kate realises that she has fallen for Billy, and there’s a lot of scheming and moping while Kate figures everything out.

There was a nice little twist at the end which saved the book from being too predictable, but I still don’t think I would recommend it.

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