Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

AHHHHHHHH (in a good way)

As most of you probably know, Zoe Sugg or Zoella, is a famous YouTube star with over 6 million subscribers, her beauty, fashion and fun videos engage a nation of fans (including me). A while ago she announced she was writing a fictional book, a life ambition of hers that she can now cross off her bucket list (lucky bugger). As a big fan of hers I was SO EXCITED, so when I unwrapped this on Christmas day I squealed internally (or I might have squealed out loud, I can’t quite remember). Some of you may think that this review might be biased because I’m a big fan of her videos, it honestly isn’t, and if I hated this book (which CERTAINLY is NOT the case) I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you.

So to the book. It is about a young 15 year old girl called Penny living in Brighton and struggling with friendship changes, recently occurring panic attacks and general teenage life. Penny’s only comfort is her family, her best friend Elliot and her anonymous blog (so I’m blogging about a book about blogging. Inception.) On her blog she talks about all the things that she feels she can’t speak about out loud. At Christmas her parents get an amazing job opportunity in New York so they all fly out for a few days. Whilst in New York Penny meets Noah, a beautifully cheek-boned young man *swoons* *wolf whistles* *winks*.

I would describe this book is with one simple word. Adorable. At the beginning Penny’s life is just so relatable, I understood everything that happened as most every girl struggles with these problems on a daily basis. On multiple occasions I found myself grinning from ear to ear whilst flapping my hands around (I’m sure you can relate) it was just so cute and sweet and all things that a girl would want to happen to them and it was just so ‘awwh’ worthy that you almost want to explode…

This book was such an easy read that I read it in one day, I honestly couldn’t put it down and even when I wanted to, I tried to find a reason why I should, on every occasion I came up with nothing. There was a beautiful twist at the end, which I was half expecting, but I was expecting more of a ‘bear right’ than a full on ‘hair pin turn’. I really like that I was surprised.Overall I genuinely adored this book, it’s now one of my absolute favourites!

Although there has been this big scandal about it being ghost written, I still love it and it’s still a fantastic read, although I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, whether you’ve read the book or are thinking of reading it pop your opinion in the comments.

Anyhow I’m giving this an amazing 5 out of 5 stars * * * * *.

One of the best books I’ve read all year! (and that’s saying something!)

Salvage – Keren David

This was one of those books where you’re in somewhat of a rush in the book store so you hurriedly grab a book at random… or that might be just me.

Before I cracked this book open (not that I would actually crack the spine…That’s almost a crime) I didn’t really have any idea what it was about, I hadn’t seen it anywhere on tumblr or booktube as I believe it’s a relatively new release (don’t hold me to that I might be wrong). But the story line is one that I haven’t really seen before. It has the potential to be quite a controversial and touchy subject but I didn’t find that anything was insensitive or disrespectful. Anyway enough of my woffeling (don’t think that’s quite the right spelling but hey-ho) the book is about two very extremes of British living, however these two extremes are seen through the eyes of a brother and sister who were separated when they were very young. Cass, the younger sister, gets adopted at age 4 by some very wealthy and politically powerful parents where as Aiden, the older brother, is left to fend for himself in the “not as wealthy care system”. A sires of unfortunate events leads to their meeting twelve years after they were separated.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, but not in your typical way you might see the word ‘thrilling’ used in a YA book review. It’s hard to describe but it was the ‘realness’ that made the term ‘thrilling’ relevant as you knew this is a certain scenario that could happen and quite possibly has.

I have to admit the ending to this was fantastic. It was such a climax to the book and summed it up in a little nutshell so much so that I don’t feel as though I need to read a sequel, which for me is very rare! Although it doesn’t really shine a brilliant light on our country’s care system but I suppose everything has flaws.

Overall I really did like this book, my only criticism would be that at some points it can get a bit slow and if you don’t live in the UK there might be some parts that may be a bit alien (but i’m sure you can figure it out, you’re clever) I’m going to award this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars * * *.8 . A good read.