Bentley’s Grade: B
Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Publisher and Date: Keywords Press 2014
Penny Porter, Brighton UK high school student, starts a blog so that she has a place where she can be her real self—while remaining anonymous, of course. Her anonymity only lasts a short time because soon after returning home from a family/work trip to New York City, someone exposes Penny as “Girl Online.” This revelation threatens the relationships in her life, including her newest relationship with Noah. It doesn’t take long for Penny to realize that social media is both a source of comfort and a source of anxiety, depending on who’s on the other side of the screen.
Full disclosure, I wanted to dislike this book. I’m sceptical of Youtubers and their attempts to write books, but I enjoyed Girl Online. Continue reading