If any of you AMAZING book bloggers out there need a little extra motivation to keep going with your blog, or a reminder as to why you started doing it to begin with, Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online: On Tour may be just what you need. While blogging can be SO MUCH FUN, it is also a lot of hard work and we all get discouraged at times, which Penny Parker, the main character of this is story, is all too aware of. If you need a pick me up in the form of a fun and ADORABLE YA book, then don’t miss this series!
Wine Pairing: I recommend a Traverse Bay Cherry Wine Sangria not only because this is such a sweet and SUPER fun story, but you’ll also get to “traverse” Europe alongside Penny for Noah’s big tour!
The sequel to the number-one bestseller Girl Online. Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.
Penny’s bags are packed.
When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.
But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.
Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?
My Rating: Jet-setting around Europe with Penny on Noah’s first major tour comes with some rather predictable, though entertaining, dilemmas that Penny has to figure out how to get herself out of. Watching Penny struggle with her anxiety during those dilemmas though, is really what elevates this story. Though Sugg maintains a light tone throughout, she does a rather good job of depicting what an anxiety attack feels like and goes a long way to help normalize a mental condition that is socially stigmatized despite the fact that it is really VERY normal.
The plot of the story is also entertaining. Not only do we have the mystery of Penny’s phone thief, who is sending threatening messages to both Penny and her friends, but there is also a lot of tension between Penny and Noah as they both try to adjust to Noah’s new lifestyle.
Penny is also struggling with re-discovering who she is outside of her relationship with Noah. She has to decide whether or not she wants to pursue her own passions and also try to find the strength to do so in spite of her anxiety. That’s where this book becomes truly motivational for its readers and also why I personally enjoyed it so much.
Swoon Worthiness: This book wasn’t nearly as swoon worthy for me as Sugg’s first book in the series was. However, I’m TOTALLY okay with that. This book is more about Penny figuring out what her true passions are and gaining the self-confidence to pursue them. Her journey in this story will motivate you to take a good, hard look at what you’re doing to follow your own passions. Penny’s passions happen to be photography and blogging, hence why I recommend this one to book bloggers in particular.
Drama Level: Just like Girl Online this book has LOADS of drama. Not only is there a mysterious stalker? jealous fan? sending Penny mysterious emails and threatening her friends, but her relationship with Noah becomes pretty complicated when he starts getting swept up in the tour life. This book has more than enough drama and mystery to keep you turning those pages.
Audio Rating: I listened to this one on Audible. While the narrator does an AMAZING job with the British characters in this novel, she struggles a bit with the American characters, particularly the guys. Her American accent does slip on occasion, and her voice for Noah is a bit too high-pitched to sound like an authentic male “rockgod.” She does do a good job overall though.
Why You Should Read This Book:
While I keep saying that I recommend this book for book bloggers in particular, it’s a great read for anyone who is struggling to maintain, or just plain find, the motivation and confidence to pursue their passions. It’s a great read for young readers, since it includes important messages about diversity and mental health, great for adults too for that matter. But most importantly, this book is just plain fun and sweet. This is the perfect read for the weekend or winter break.
“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.”
“Freedom has never felt so good.”
“I guess we don’t always know what other people are thinking, even if they seem to have everything figured out.”
*Wine Recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*