Girl Online On Tour
Author: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: October 22nd, 2015
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 352 pages
Synopsis and Review:
Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg is the sequel to her best-selling debut novel Girl Online. It follows the story of Penny as she tries to follow her boyfriend Noah on his music tour. While this may seem like the best trip ever, what with no parental supervision and Penny being able to enjoy days or even weeks alone with Noah, it is actually a recipe for disaster.
The setting of this book is definitely quite unique as there are not many books in the Young Adult nor Middle Grade fiction world that focus on life on tour. Even if there are, we don’t usually read from the perspective of an ‘outsider’, who is not much of enthusiast for this kind of life. The tour life aspect of this book is highly realistic and I find myself really appreciating the fact that Zoe Sugg doesn’t glorify it.
In fact, Girl Online On Tour presents the gritty realism of life on tour and tries it hardest to break down the illusion that people, especially younger readers, have regarding this lifestyle. Zoe Sugg does not hide the ugliness that come with glory and fame, such as threatening messages from jealous fans and the constant stress. The events described in the book are all highly plausible and and thus I definitely commend Zoe Sugg on that.
One thing that I wish Girl Online On Tour has touched more on is Penny’s friendship with her long-time friend Megan. While readers are able to see much character development for Penny from her and Noah’s relationship, I believe that it will also help in building Penny’s relatable-level if the book talks more about her fading friendship with Megan. There are definitely more readers who can relate to a friendship that has changed because of people growing up and changing than a romance with a singer.
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