Review: Girl Online Going Solo

Like all the books in this series, this one is truly a joy for bloggers, particularly book bloggers, to read. Plus it gives some seriously hot tips for those of us who are just starting out on our blogging journey. Reading the Girl Online books is like hanging out with one of your blogging buddies, and its just so much FUN!



I recommend pairing Girl Online Going Solo with a Sassy Bitch Chardonnay, because this book is all about the girl power and not letting anything get in the way of pursuing your dreams.


GoodReads Description:  

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?

Book three in the number-one bestselling Girl Online series.


 four-stars

Penny Porter is back and better than ever in Zoe Sugg’s latest installment in the Girl Online series. The cast of characters is becoming increasing well-developed as the storyline progresses, and I fall a little bit more in love with each of them with after every new book, particularly Alexiott.

Speaking of characters, I just have to say how amazing Penny’s character truly is. I love that Sugg keeps it real with the anxiety that Penny faces. She hasn’t become miraculously cured of her anxiety over the course of these three books. She has to deal with it on a daily basis, just like those of us with anxiety do. It’s a constant battle, but reading these books about a girl struggling with anxiety, yet also coping with it, is just plain awesome. I love how there’s also a new character dealing with her own anxieties, which really makes mental health even more central to the plot in this book than it was in the other two. Plus is Penny not the best friend ever? I would so follow that girl’s blog.

The other thing I LOVED about this book is how Penny has really started embracing her passions in life and pursuing her own dreams rather than just supporting the dreams of her boyfriend. Don’t get me wrong, supporting your man is great, but you gotta have something you do just for you too, and Sugg really shines a spotlight on that in this book.

Despite these heavier themes, this book maintains the super light and fluffy tone that characterizes this series and makes it fun for readers young and old alike to read.

My only complaint with this book, well the last two books really, is Noah. He’s just TOO perfect. He doesn’t feel real and doesn’t really have any real character flaws. So there just isn’t quite enough romantic tension to pull me into that element of the story.

I love this story even if I can’t say I have a book crush on the main man, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety, needs a confidence boost, or just wants to read something fun. I especially recommend this book, and the rest of the series, to young readers. There are some super important messages in here that I wish I had heard when I was still more Y than A.

 



five-stars

I adore the Girl Online covers. They are so cutesy and fun and have an adorable scrapbook vibe going on.



two-stars

Like I said before, I just don’t find Noah very swoon-worthy. He’s way to perfect. However, there is another character in this one who has DEFINITE swoon potential…


 

This book has the British charm and humor of Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella with the sweet romantic elements of The Selection by Kiera Cass.



 

*Wine Recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*

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