Girl Online

Girl Online

The First Novel by Zoella

Book - 2014
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"Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, 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" -- from publisher's web site.
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs about her life, including her panic attacks, and when things get worse, her family take her to New York, where Penny falls for a boy who has a secret that might ruin her online cover and her closest friendship.
Publisher: New York : Keywords Press, Atria, 2014
Edition: First Keywords PressAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476797458
Call Number: TEEN F SUGG
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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After her family whisks her away to New York, Penny finds herself falling in love-- and she captures every moment of it on her blog. Also available as eBook and eAudiobook.

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Sep 24, 2018

Girl Online is a super sweet story that I'm recommending to all teen girls who like romance and girly things :) I loved this book and I'll be reading the sequel soon!

Jul 18, 2018

Girl Online, is an amazing book in my opinion and I would totally recommend it! I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! Of course my favourite character is Penny (girl online) but I really like Noah and Elliott too. There are some really funny and good parts in this book. I especially like the part when Penny and Elliott do their synchronized milkshake throwing!!

Jan 12, 2018

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg was one of most entertaining books that I have read. Being a 16 year old, this book was easy to relate to. The main protagonist in the book, Penny, is a 15-16 year old who struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, which is what teenagers also deal with. There are messages that are being told in this book, while still keeping the book interesting. I would recommend this book for any young adult who loves a cute romantic novel, with a plot twist. This is an amazing book to read!

Aug 22, 2017

OMG the book is Da boom

Jul 15, 2017

I love this book so much! I'm a huge fan of Zoella and I think this book is really sweet and well written. It's a really light read, but it's still really great, which i think is really hard to achieve without a book sounding boring. Hope Zoe comes out with an autobiography/lifestyle book soon, she's a great writer. Overall AMAZING book, would definitely recommend!!

Jun 08, 2017


May 02, 2017

omg Zoe sugg is amaizing ! i never thought the book would be so good ! the girl ( Penny ) is sooooooooooooo inspiring . I would legit do anything to have a bf like that ! Thank you so much . I dffenitly recommened this book to everybody in the whole world!#LoveThisBook
#GirlOnlineIsAwesome #BringItOnZoella

ChristchurchTeens Feb 07, 2017

Girl Online on Tour is about a girl (Penny) that has anxiety. Her boyfriend Noah is a pop star, so she travels around Europe with Noah and his band and ends up in Brighton. In Brighton Noah performs in a show, watching from the crowd she loses her phone. Penny falls and hurts herself and leaves the stadium because she can’t cope with the crowd and Penny may have a panic attack.

I like that this book has different settings, from all over Europe and more stories from real life. Zoe is actually a famous Youtuber. For age 11-13. If you like her very first book would really enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Holly

Sep 14, 2016


Ugh. I hate Megan! And Ollie too. They're Penny's so called "friends", but all they did was back stab her. And two times in a row! I wish something is done about this in the sequel. Actually, forget about the sequel. This book was absolute trash. What a waste of my time. The only reason why it made it in the New York Times Bestseller list is because she's a famous YouTuber.

Noah on the other hand is debatable though. He lied to Penny, and that lead to horrible consequences. Personally, I thought it was pretty lame for Penny to forgive him that easily. This "love at first sight" gig is cheesy in general. Something's off about him... I don't trust Noah.

Come on Zoe. You're way better than this. The book is so cliche and predictable. And you never even wrote the damn novel either. You hired a ghostwriter. This is a joke. It's fake, AND bad to read! For anyone who's debating to read this or not, don't expect much. Only brainwashed tween girls would enjoy this cringe fest.

May 27, 2016

I loved this book. My friends say Noah was so mean and what he did to Penny was harsh. I love Penny! And I enjoyed this book.

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Other: Gay/homosexuality


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“Every time you post something online, you have a choice.
You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.
I tried to add something by starting Girl Online.
And for a while, it really seemed to be working.
So, next time you go to post a comment or an update or share a link, ask yourself: is this going to add to the happiness in the world?
And if the answer is no, then please delete.
There is enough sadness in the world already. You don’t need to add to it.”
-Penny Porter, aka Girl Online, aka Ocean Strong, aka Princess Autumn.


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