If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m no YouTube Super Fan. In fact I’m quite open in expressing my dislike for agencies such as Gleam. Before Zoella hit 1 million subscribers, I became a fan and even now I watch the odd video here and there. When Zoe announced she was releasing Girl Online I knew that regardless of the fact it was released just for £££££ all around, I was going to buy it. I have been the one on Twitter saying how I feel Gleam exploit the teen generation as they’ll buy anything with a YouTubers name/face on, and I still believe that. But, that wasn’t going to stop me pre ordering the book when Amazon had it for £5… I’m not being exploited, right?
Basically, sh*t hit the fan when it was revealed Zoe hadn’t written the book and had a team of Ghost Writers do it for her. It wasn’t the fact that this was the deal, it was the way in which Gleam and Zoe had very carefully deceived her audience into thinking she had written it ‘with a little help.’ Zoe handled it very well (not) by dropping off the internet for a few day to take a break from her crazy online life.
The book came out, it’s a huge success, it’s broken records blah blah blah, but is it actually any good? We all know that super fans are going to LOVE IT and claim it’s the BEST BOOK EVER regardless of what is inside the cover, she could have released a picture book and it would have shot to the top of the best seller list I’m sure.
I finally started the book on Friday on my commute to work. I spend 2 hours a day on the train to and from Manchester and I finished it on Monday on my way home. I’d say it took 3 and a half hours to complete, which says something, right? If I’m not loving a book I end up on Twitter but I couldn’t put this down. If you love a teen romance, heartbreak and happy ending kind of book, this is the perfect light read. The characters are pretty well thought out, I enjoyed the story line and I am a sucker for a happy ending – new equilibrium and all that.
I think it’s one of the only books I’ve read aimed at the teen market that talks to openly about panic attacks, it shows that telling people helps you deal with it and that people WILL understand. It deals with the usual school life, current issues such as Facebook bullying and a normal relationship between best friends. I particularly loved the message that you can grow out of friends, and if they’re bringing nothing but negativity, you can cut them out of your life. All in all I think it’s a good read and for £5 on Amazon I’d definitely give it a go.
I can’t help but think that if Zoe and the Gleam Machine had been open in the beginning, there would have been nothing but rave reviews. Lets be honest, most celebrity releases are ghost written, it’s the book world these days. You can see bits of Zoe in this book which is nice to see, particularly the focus on anxiety and how to deal with it, and what you could potentially miss out on if you don’t tell someone and ask for help. I don’t think I’m the target market for this book at the age of 21, but if you are after a light read I couldn’t recommend it enough – even I’m surprised I’m giving this a great review!
Have you read this? I’d love to know your thoughts!