Sunday, 13 March 2016

Review: Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg


Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg
Published by Penguin Random House UK 2015 (Hardback)
338 Pages

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.

Thoughts

I'll admit I don't really watch Zoe's YouTube videos. I watch a few of her haul videos, but that's about it. However, when she released Girl Online in 2014 I was intrigued to read it and find out more. Despite the controversy it had over being partly ghostwritten, I still enjoyed it. It wasn't the best book I'd read but it was readable. When I found out she was writing a sequel I knew I had to read it regardless. I picked it up as soon as I saw it in my local WHSmiths and it was on offer too, which made it even better. This was back in December, and I'd kept meaning to read it but things kept getting in the way, but I finally got the chance to recently.

In Girl Online On Tour Penny Porter is off to join her rock god boyfriend Noah Flynn on his European Tour supporting major band The Sketch. At first she is excited about spending two weeks of her summer on the road with Noah, visiting different European Cities and exploring with the love of her life. However, she soon starts to wonder if she is really cut out for life on the road touring. Noah is soon swept up in his increasing stardom that they never get a chance to be alone and be a normal couple. Mix that with his bandmates not being very welcoming and a mystery blackmailer, and you have a bad thing. 

I loved the different locations that you got to read about throughout the book, and the way they were described made me feel like Zoe had really done her research into them. I especially loved the way Penny and Elliot's trip through Paris was described. I am longing to go to Paris, so it was great to read about it. It was also interesting to read about Noah's tour life. As someone who is a big music fan I often wonder about what it's like for bands whilst they are touring. With this book I felt like I got somewhat of an idea of what it's like, despite it being fictional. Again, I think that Zoe must've done a lot of research into this situation. 

Despite this, I found that unlike when I read Girl Online I didn't really warm to or like many of the characters. The only character I could still relate to was, Penny. This is mainly because of her anxiety. I, too suffer from anxiety so when I was reading about her panic attacks I felt like I could relate, just like I did in Girl Online. On the other hand, I loved Noah in Girl Online but I found him to be, quite frankly, a jerk. I know that he was on tour and everything, but if he truly wanted Penny to be there he would've made time to spend with her? I know he explains that he didn't know what tour life would be like, but I really didn't buy that. He may have realised his errors by the end of the book, but it was too late, my opinion on him had changed. Oh and don't get me started on sleaze ball Blake or Noah's manager, Dean. Both awful, awful characters. 

Girl Online On Tour was an okay read. Yes, it isn't the best book I have read and it didn't wow me, but it was a quick, enjoyable way to kill a few days. It's a very easy book to read and it doesn't require you to think much at all. I read it in two days so that goes to show how easy it is. I'm not sure if Zoe is going to be writing any more books, but I know that she has a fan-base that will be hoping she is. 

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