Girl Online On Tour* by Zoe Sugg
Girl Online #2
Published by Atria Keywords on October 20, 2015
When Noah invites Penny on his first-ever European tour, she can´t wait to spend the summer with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend- But between Noah´s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming band mates, 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?
I read the first book Girl Online because I got asked if I´d be interested. The cover wasn´t really my thing, but it sounded like a fun read and it turned out to be one.
So when I found out, that there is another book by Zoe Sugg, I went for it and had a good time reading it.
Penny goes on tour with Noah. Since weeks she is looking forward to this, is nervous and as clumsy as ever. At first everything looks fine. But then she loses her cell phone, and the real tour life kicks in and things aren´t that fun as she thought they would be. And when she finds herself being blackmailed and a huge fight with Noah happens, Penny has enough and does the only thing she knows to do: calling Elliot.
From Penny´s point of view the reader experiences how life on tour looks like, how hopes and dreams can be crushed within minutes and that sometimes the way itself can bring the right direction your life should go. Because what happens on tour lets Penny see what she wants to become for the rest of her life. And when she finally gets to know the truth about the person who blackmailed her and Elliot, she discovers how strong her inner strength really is.
Zoe Sugg writes in an easy to read way, her language is plain and uncomplicated and in some ways very sweet. No, there is no kitsch in it, even though some of the scenes are very close to it. And with Elliot and Alex comes a wonderful romantic scene that turns out to be the perfect end for this novel.
Penny is as clumsy as we know her from Girl Online, the first book, and as sweet as always. She misses Noah very much and looks forward to the two weeks where she will join him on his tour. Berlin, Paris, Rome and some other cities are ahead of her, where they both will have time to do some sightseeing – at least that´s what Penny believes. But Noah has less and less time for his girlfriend, and every promise he makes, he can´t keep. So it is no wonder, that one day Penny freaks out and they have their first huge fight. And when she figures out, that Blake wants more than only her friendship and she has to learn that Noah doesn´t believe her, she´s devastated and fly´s back home.
What a wonderful and nice written novel. But let me tell you this right away: you´re in the wrong place if you´re looking for a story that goes any deeper than the entertaining level. Yes, it will become profound in what Penny thinks and believes, and yes, there are some scenes where it goes a bit deeper than expected. But all in all this novel is simply said wonderful entertainment; nothing more and nothing less.
Zoe Sugg is a vlogger from Brighton, UK. Her beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogs have gained her millions of YouTube subscribers, with even more viewing the vlogs every month. She won the 2011 Cosmopolitan Blog Award for Best Established Beauty Blog and went on to win the Best Beauty Vlogger award the following year. Zoe has also twice received the Best British Vlogger award at the 2013 and 2014 Radio 1 Teen Awards and the 2014 and 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award for UK's Favorite Vlogger, and she was named Web Star for Fashion and Beauty at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.