Girl Online is the debut novel by English author and internet celebrity Zoe Sugg, released on 25 November 2014 through Penguin Books.The romance and drama novel is aimed at a young adult audience and focuses on a fifteen-year-old anonymous blogger and what happens when her blog goes viral.
The novel surrounds Penny Porter, a fifteen year old living with her parents in Brighton.
Penny starts blogging about her problems, such as school drama, friends, family, and boys.
Her family travels to New York where her mother is organising a wedding.
Attending the wedding, Penny meets a musician, Noah, with whom she falls in love, resulting in her blog going viral.
While based around similar experiences, Sugg has stated that the book is "in no way autobiographical".
Penguin stated that "Sugg did not write Girl Online on her own", stating that she "has worked with an expert editorial team to help her bring to life her characters and experiences in a heartwarming and compelling story".Girl Online received a mixed review from Anita Singh for The Daily Telegraph, who awarded it a score of three out of five.Singh found the romance to be unrealistic and stated that "the teenagers in this book bear no resemblance to any I have ever met", while also acknowledging that she is "not Zoella's target market" and that "times must have changed".She further states that while the book itself is "sugary as a frosted cupcake", "so is Zoella and six million You Tube subscribers love her that way" and that "Sugg has tapped into a truth"; "growing up doesn't have to mean leaving childish stuff behind." The novel was well received by Daisy Wyatt, for The Independent, who found the novel "difficult to fault", calling it "fun and easy to relate to, while also having a positive message".Wyatt found, however, that "while Girl Online does teach sound advice to teenagers about being cautious of their online activity", Sugg has "found fame and fortune in sharing personal details on the internet" and felt that her fans are more likely to copy her than the fictional Penny.The novel was well received in The Guardian with reviewer 'lilybelle' stating "I could relate so much to everything" and that "This book inspired me...