Tuesday, 27 October 2015


TITLE: Girl Online: On Tour
AUTHOR:  Zoe Sugg
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
RATING:  4/5


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?

The second instalment of the Girl Online Series definitely did sit better with me than the first novel. Readers can really understand the characters on a personal level, and I felt they were more developed and complex than in Girl Online.

Penny Porter is the Girl Online, who now blogs privately due to the events that happened in the first novel. In this book, she is off on tour with her rock star boyfriend Noah- as he is the supporting act for 'The Sketch.' Penny is excited for the prospect of spending as much time as possible with Noah: as she has barely seen him in the last few months- but is she cut out for life on the road?

The setting of the book made me feel that the book was so more real and alive, as we see the characters in a variety of places on tour. It just gives the book a fresh feel, as I felt more educated about what being on tour would be like- also, the main protagonists were not in just two or three generic landmarks, like they were in Girl Online. I also have to say how much I loved one of the new characters in the book: Larry. He was such a brilliant, likeable character to put in the book, he suited the tour element of the book down to the ground.

Sugg sets the scene and explains small elements and touches of the novel very well. However, I again felt like all the strings of the plot were tied up way too easily- the characters were in an easily predictable position by the end, as some people don't want fairy tale like books- they want more layers than just one.

The trials and tribulations of anxiety is again, well explained: and teaches young people that mental illnesses are a horrible thing, they aren't just words to drop in conversations. Girl Online: On Tour, was a great follow up to Girl Online- it was much better than I expected. I may not have liked the fairy tale tone to some parts of the book, but I know if I was twelve years old I would have adored it. You can't deny that these books will have you avidly flicking the pages, as they are quite easy reading- they are especially good to get younger teenagers to love reading.



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