Girl Online On Tour

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Yep, I read it. *hangs head in shame*   Here is what I thought of Girl Online on Tour.

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Girl Online On Tour

The sequel to the number-one bestseller Girl Online. Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.  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?

I didn’t necessarily plan to read (and/or review) Girl Online On Tour, but when my traffic literally tripled when I posted my review of Girl Online…. well… I would be silly not to! *wink wink*   Shout out to my local library for giving into the demands of the (surprisingly large for a seaside town) group of YouTuber fans that asked for this novel to be ordered in, so that I didn’t have to spend money on a copy.

In Girl Online on Tour, we follow Penny as she accompanies her “rock god boyfriend” Noah on his European tour.  Of course, there are bumps in the road that challenge Penny and Noah’s relationship.

Girl Online On Tour is exactly as you can imagine.  It is a teenage dream.  Just imagine, you and your rock star boyfriend (that all the girls want but he only has eyes for you)  travelling around Europe, seeing the sights, soaking in the culture.  What could go wrong?  Oh yes, an interfering bandmate, a blackmailing stalker and a boyfriend that you hardly see, despite being promised various “magical mystery days”.  Sigh.  Why did they have to be included again?  Who does those above the age of 10?  Anyway….

To my dismay, there was no shenanigans in this novel.  There was a slight hint, where Penny asked Noah if he could stay with her in her hotel room for a bit longer… *raises eyebrows* to which Noah responded that he wasn’t going to break Penny’s parents’ rules and quickly scarpered back to his separate hotel room.   In a way, this is good that Noah isn’t pushy and respects Penny’s boundaries, but when you consider teenagers today this situation would be very unlikely.  Firstly, when I was 16 I wasn’t allowed to sleep in the same room as my boyfriend at the time, and we were in a house with his parents.  Not in Europe, away from all parental supervision!  My boyfriend had to sleep downstairs, and if he tried to sneak upstairs to me the creaky staircase would give him away.  Oh, to be young again! *sighs*   Secondly,  I’ve eavesdropped on a few teenage conversations on the train recently (it’s all research for my own novel, I swear) and believe me, they are not as innocent as this novel would want to think.  

It also amuses me how Penny didn’t have a period for the entirety of her trip.  Surely she could have mentioned packing some pads or something?  I mean, if we can subtly hint about Noah’s bandmate (and best mate) having an alcohol problem, surely Penny can dig out those horrible grey knickers from the first novel to be her period pants?   Come on now, periods happen.  They happen every 28 days to be precise.  #MorePeriodsInYAPlz

I appreciated the message in the novel that Penny didn’t want to be defined by her relationship with Noah; she wanted to have her own life, doing what she wanted to do.  I said in my Girl Online review that I wished it had that “Penny don’t need no man” message, so I suppose it’s better late in the sequel then never at all.   

Just in case you were wondering, Penny’s blog “Girl Online” is as terrible as ever.  Good lord, would anyone genuinely read it in real life?  I struggle to see how her blog fitted into this story, considering most of the book is focused on Penny and Noah.

Penny’s best friend Elliott returns, and this time he has a boyfriend.  Thankfully, he is a lot more bearable in this novel.   However, Elliot and his boyfriend break up.  Penny hatches a big reunion to get them back together, and this culminates in a beach front serenade complete with music, candles and all their loved ones.   Whilst this did sound like a lovely gesture, it also seemed massively over the top for a teenage couple.  It would have much more suited reuniting Penny’s parents, a relationship that had lasted a long time and needed a “grand” gesture, compared to a teenage relationship that had just started, and probably would break up again.   What was wrong with having them meet up over a #cheeky Nandos, reuniting over the peri-peri chicken?

Girl Online On Tour was touted as ending on a “cliff hanger” but I would disagree.  It’s not really a cliffhanger; it’s an ending depending on how you personally interpret it.  I suppose it’s good that it is left open to interpretation as hopefully it will make those reading think twice about the ending, and emphasises that not everything needs to have an “ending”... y’know? #deep

I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it.   It was alright.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  It was certainly easy to read, and easy to follow, with enough twists and turns to keep you reading.  Girl Online On Tour didn’t frustrate me as much as Girl Online did, and I didn’t have a long list of problems after finishing the book like I did with Girl Online! I gave it two stars on GoodReads; not an amazing novel, but certainly readable.

I have to say that I definitely noticed a change in the tone of the novel.  It felt a bit more “slick” and “polished” compared to Girl Online, which I felt came across as being clumsy and childish.  Whilst there hasn’t been a ghostwriter scandal with this novel, there is a large team of editors acknowledged in the back of the book.  Take from that what you will.  *shrugs*  That is all that I am saying on the matter. 

I’m not sure if there is another Girl Online book in the pipeline, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was.  Love it or loathe it, the Girl Online books have not only been massively successful in a commercial sense, but they’ve also encouraged young girls and boys to get excited about books.  I suppose we should be happy that they are reading something that isn’t a Tweet!  Personally, I am waiting for Zoe to write a tell-all autobiography in a few years exposing the dark, seedy world of YouTube.   I’ll even be her ghostwriter… *wink wink* (#sorrynotsorry)

Come on, own up!  Who’s read Girl Online?

Dannie x

January 20, 2016
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  • Reply Becky Bedbug

    Ok here we go.

    I haven’t read this book and can only vaguely remember the first one but weren’t Penny’s parents really lax with parenting rules anyway? I mean they let their daughter jet around Europe with a rock star AT 16 (Doesn’t she have GCSEs to be doing?) but they don’t want her sleeping in the same room as him? And they both ACTUALLY agree to it?

    Jesus. When I was 16, my mum let me go to Download with the rules “Don’t get too drunk. Don’t sleep with strangers. Don’t take any drugs” and I still copped off with Mark from Essex in a tent. (This makes it sound like Mark Wright. It wasn’t).

    Sorry, no condoms in this story. Which makes me sound a lot more irresponsible than I was. They weren’t needed for this amount of copping off.

    TMI? I’ll stop talking now otherwise I’ll be telling you about Darren from Bedford the second time I went to Download and THAT’S a story. Still no condoms though.

    January 20, 2016 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I think she just finished her GCSEs at the beginning of the novel…? It is strange, I don’t know who would have parents that easy going, or who would actually agree to the one rule they come up with! Can’t wait for Girl On: The Pill hahahahahah….
      I really wish it was Mark Wright :(

      January 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Definitely just did a snort-laugh at Becky Bedbug’s comment above!
    I’ve not read either of Zoe’s books, they’re not really my cup of tea – your review is kind of what I’d expect from them tbh!

    Jess xo

    January 20, 2016 at 11:05 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      She leaves the best comments haha :’)
      Thank you! <3

      January 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    #MorePeriodsInYAPlz – I laugh-snorted at that. Dannie, I’m going to shoehorn this into my NaNoWriMo novel I need to finish. Just for you. And if I ever get it published (yeah, right), in the acknowledgements, I’ll acknowledge you and your hunger for #MorePeriodsInYAPlz.

    I haven’t read either of the books, though I’m tempted to see what all the fuss is about for myself, but from the sound of your reviews I would feel exactly the same was as you about it. I always think that it’s difficult to try and hold books with plots like this as something realistic. I guess it’s not really meant to be, but it sounds like it makes for tricky reviewing.

    January 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Hahaha, that is going to be my campaign! I read a YA book two days ago now and in the six weeks she didn’t have a single period! It made me mad hahaha. It will be my legacy in the literature world! <3

      January 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Laura Jade

    Ugh, don’t get me started. I am sick of YouTubers bringing out books! Like just because you can hold a camera in your hand does not give you the ability to right to write an half arse story. Uggggh!

    January 21, 2016 at 12:11 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Mate, you’re preaching to the choir! :’) x

      January 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Beauty Bird

    I have no interest in reading this but still wanted to read your review! Always honest, always gives me a chuckle! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

    January 24, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Thanks lovely! <3

      January 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    I haven’t read this one, but did read the first (I’m waiting for this one to come out in paperback, it’s painful enough that I’ll have to pay for it without getting a hardback) and although it was quite good it definitely wasn’t great. I just read your review of the first and second back to back so excuse me if this comment relates more to your other post, but… Seriously, the follower number thing? ‘Overnight I had gained xxxxxx new followers!’ ‘The video of me falling over in my pants went viral!’

    I work in content marketing and can say, hand on heart, that that is just not how the internet works. Found it a bit weird that a blogger would promote such a naive view of blogging fame.

    No doubt I’ll keep reading them if she keeps publishing them though.

    What was it that killed the cat again…?

    January 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Hahaha ;) I know, it did seem ridiculously outdated. Like I said, why did she need to be “anonymous”? Sigh. I probably will as well, just to see where I am going wrong with my own novels haha! xx

      January 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm
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  • Reply Somdyuti Datta Ray

    Hey, stopping by from Twitter. I lost my shit when I read Girl Online. And so ofcourse my review turned into a massive rant / hate-shaming (sorry not sorry but wtf was that even?!) Back then, I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. I was so relieved that I wouldn’t have to read another one of it again. But then BOOM. Zoe announces there’s going to be a sequel. NOOO UGHH. I’ve been in denial since. But alas, I shall suck it up and read Girl Online On Tour (no matter how pathetic / horrible it may be again). I shall do this impossible task. Besides, my negative review somehow turned out to be a huge hit. So yay traffic LOL.

    P.S Following you on Bloglovin now.

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    February 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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