“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.”
I've been a fan of Zoella's Youtube channel for years and years but I'll be honest: I'd been hesitant to pick up this book for quite some time. In fact, I've started to pick it up on multiple occasions but always talk myself out of it. I've had this feeling that I'd burned myself out on this genre in the years since I'd begun reading--plus, it felt like I may be out of the target age group as well. So, it never really stuck with me to actually give it a go.
When I saw it up on Net Galley, I threw caution to the wind and found myself quite surprised by how much I enjoyed Girl Online. It really, really was a fun read and I'm kicking myself for not having picked it up sooner. My first, and perhaps only, description of it is the warm and fuzzies. Girl Online just has that automatic feel-good vibe to it that will ultimately please its audience; no matter the age. I can't explain it, really, but it's just a delight to feel that way when reading a contemporary novel.
I liked the setting of it and how it borrowed some tones from real life. You can tell that Zoella was involved deeply in the process because it had that easy going, first novel vibe to it. It's quick and has its shaky moments, but it keeps your attention quite well. The characters are likable and it is easy to want the best for. Will everyone enjoy it? No, probably not. Is it a one read book? For me, yes. But this doesn't make it any less of a treat than it was.
You don't have to be a Zoella fan to enjoy Girl Online. It's sweet, honest and uplifting--the perfect holiday present for any young reader. Fans of fluffy-novels will certainly flock to this hidden gem and find themselves obsessing over it and the series as a whole. I recommend it to those of you who need an instant mood lifter or are fans of Lauren Conrad--it has a similar feel to her books.