Girl Online – Buddy Read with Icebreaker694

About: Girl Online is a fiction novel written by Zoe Sugg (Zoella on YouTube) and Ghostwriter Siobhan Curham. This is book 1 to the Girl Online Series and it was published on 11/25/2014 by Atria/Keywords Press, 352 pages. There are 3 books to this series: book 1 is Girl Online, book 2 is Girl Online On Tour, and book 3 is Girl Online Going Solo. They have all been published. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and romance. I used to watch Zoella on YouTube. Her videos makes me laugh and she is pretty. I also liked her British accent and I liked to watch her vlogs and haul videos.


My Experience: I started reading Girl Online on 11/22/16 and finished it on 11/27/16 at 2:36am. This book got chosen without any planning as my second buddy read since blogging and I’m so glad it turned out great! My second buddy read is with B @ Icebreaker694 and if you click on her blog name, the link will take you to her review of this book. Below are 3 questions that B asked for us to answer. I’m so glad we both loved this book! This book has a great start. It’s definitely a book many of us bloggers and teens can relate to. I like that the read is funny and light-hearted. This is the only book that I update my reading progress on Goodreads because I want to remember the good moments. There were so many funny and sweet moments that I decided against updating constantly. Ignore my double update at 11% because the emoticons doesn’t show up and I haven’t figured out how to delete an update.. haha..



Buddy Reads Questions & Answers:

1) Would you recommend this book?

B: Yes! I believe everyone should get a chance to experience Penny’s story. I’m sure that they’ll love it!

Jasmine: Absolutely! This book is a sweet read. I like the humor and I like how easy the read is.

2) What do you think of the cover?

B: It’s beautiful! It drew me in the first place!

Jasmine: The cover is cute. It looks like it could be a fun read and it actually is a fun read.

3) What made this book unique from other books you’ve read?

B: I’ve never read a book about a blogger before, and I loved reading one’s point of view. Penny was great with writing posts, she kept them all honest and made them fun for the readers.

Jasmine: My first thought is exactly as B haha.. I like reading the main character’s blog posts. This book has many fun things going on and many real life experiences that I feel all of us bloggers can relate. I smile a lot reading this book.


“I like you so much it might even be love.” 74% Noah

There is only one point of view in this book and we are following Penny Porter’s train of thoughts. I like following her train of thoughts. At times, I feel like it’s too good to be true that her family turns out to be perfect all around while her best friend Elliot’s family turns out to be a nightmare. The focus is all on her, which may be a bit over-the-top but she is the main character and I guess it makes sense to only focus on her problems and her wants. However, I still rate 5 stars because she still manages to solve some of her problems on her own when her friend is not around to help. I really like the blog posts twisted into the story and what Penny goes through as a blogger and as an unpopular high school girl. I like her positive ways of looking at Monday. I like her positive thinking and how good her family is. There might not be a perfect family out there, but it’s good to use one as a role model, even in a fiction novel. This book has a lot going on and I was not bored reading this book. I highly recommend the read.

I’m not familiar with Ghostwriter and I decided to not rate the book low due to that. The book overall is a great read. How the book was written, it should be the decision of the writers. My reviews often focus on the book rather than the writer, so in this book, I will not focus on the writer either, except to mention that the story is an interesting read and the start is entertaining and the ending is sweet.


Pro: lots of humor, positive thinking, light-hearted, crushes, blog posts, how to deal with, friendship, family

Con: mean girls, ghostwriter, too good to be true, only focus on the main character’s wants & needs

I rate it 5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

***Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free via NetGalley in an exchanged for an honest review. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. Thank you!


37 thoughts on “Girl Online – Buddy Read with Icebreaker694

  1. Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

    Great review! I really need to read this book! I’m so happy to see that my buddy read discussion post inspired you to try some buddy reads!! This is great! Buddy reads are such fun, aren’t they?

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  2. Azia Willis says:

    This one looks like a fun and light-hearted read! Love how you mentioned the pros and cons. Things like that really help 😀 I think I’ll be adding this one to my tbr! The concept seems cool and I like how it’s something we all, as bloggers, can relate to. Great review, Jasmine! 🙂

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  3. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    This book sound super interesting! I love the idea of telling a story from an internet superstar’s perspective– particularly as we have been in the era of such things for quite a while. It’s not a perspective I’ve thought about– and from your review it sounds really interesting! Great thoughts. I’ll have to pick this one up!

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  4. sophiethestark says:

    Awesome review, Jasmine! 🙂 I like that you mentioned the cons (which I more or less knew about already) and the pros, because it helps one decide whether to pick this book up or not.

    I do feel this could be a really fun read but not actually touch you on a deeper level. And eventually maybe get boring and eye-rolling. It feels to me like I would find it a bit clichéd and cheesy. Like you said, it sounds too perfect despite the “imperfections” thrown in.

    I’m not totally sure who was telling the truth about the story surrounding the ghostwriter scandal, but if Zoe didn’t actually state that the book wouldn’t be totally written by her, I find that a bit dishonest. Both to her fans and to her ghostwriter. But I have no idea the type of agreement between them, so I merely focus on the fans who didn’t know about it.

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    • Jasmine says:

      Have you read this book? I see in Goodreads that her book 2 & 3 doesn’t list a ghostwriter. The book is a fun read despite everything and yes it’s cheesy but I do like that it’s entertaining. There are things in there that you can’t expect to believe, especially how it makes blogging seems so easy but we know it’s a lot of hard work 😂

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      • sophiethestark says:

        I haven’t, actually. It’s not my type of book, I guess. I’ve also watched Zoella’s videos in the past and she just didn’t speak to me… So I simply was not interested in reading a book written by her.

        I figured she was selling a lot just because she was famous and had tons of fans. Nothing to do with the actual content or quality of the book itself. I was completely astonished to learn she had surpassed J.K. Rowling…

        But of course some people will like her book for the story itself, and not for Zoella. I’m okay with that. I’m also okay with her using a ghostwriter. I just think she should have been honest about it…

        Sorry if I sound harsh! I just don’t get the appeal. But if it makes other people happy reading it, that’s great 🙂 That’s what matters, after all. To each his own ^^

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        • Jasmine says:

          I had no idea she surpassed JK Rowling?! Now I’m shocked too. You make valid points on her being famous through YouTube and on ghostwriter. The book is relatable to many young teens so I guess it’s why it’s more appealing to many readers. Readers who otherwise never read before but only got into reading her books because she wins fans through her bubbly personality and her British accent. People do whatever to grow wealth. Like the kardesians (i might spell wrong) just make some naughty videos and accidentally leaked on the web to get famous.. 😂

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  5. Lia says:

    I’m happy you enjoyed it! I found that it was a little bit too unrealistic and stereotypical, which I thought was a little annoying. I still enjoyed reading it though 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      It’s good to read a book that only good things happen to clumsy nice girls sometimes. Less serious is a good break from all the other serious reads. Mean girls finally gets caught and good girls have happy ending. I noticed your 3 star rating on Goodreads. I have been meaning to read your review after I finished with this book hehe..

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