I am well aware that it has been almost 7 months since this book came out so you have more than likely already read the book and also read a million other reviews on it but I just wanted to give you guys my opinion on it. Also if any of you still havent read it and want to know what I thought then here you go! Got you covered!!
So when Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg) Released this book around Christmas Time I knew I had to get my hands on it, for many reasons. You guys were all raving about it all over social media for one thing and also I cant think of anything better than supporting one our own and celebrating their achievements. So as you can see I had no option but to pick it up and find out for myself what all the hype was about.
First of all I would like to say a couple of words on the topic of Zoella. From her videos (I have been a subscriber for a while now) She seems to be an extremely sweet and genuine girl. I really connected with her when she spoke out about anxiety and she was one of the first people who made me think "hey Im not alone" While I was half way through the book I heard that she had a ghost writer or at least someone helping her and to that I say SO WHAT? Have any of those people who have been giving her abuse for it ever written a book. If they have I will have more respect for their opinion. I think that help or no help it is a huge achievement I mean this girl became the author of the best selling debut novel of all time and noone else in the world can say that so well done Zoe, You go girl!
Also before you read on any further, just to put your mind at rest I will not be giving away endings or ruining plot twists! Dont you just hate it when people do that!?
This book is set around our main character Penny, Her family and Best Friend, all of whom live in Brighton, UK. She is by no means a socialite, quite shy but is very creative and talented. She is in the begining stages of anxiety, and is learning what it is and how to cope with it. Her mother gets an opportunity to go abroad for christmas and they take it. She leaves her worries and life troubles back in the UK for a few days. This where the book takes a twist. She meets new people and makes a connection she never thought possible and when she goes back to the UK she feels like a new person for like a day until she realises nothing was what it seemed and now she is lost all over again.....
What I liked about this book
You can tell Zoe was drawing on from her own experience when it comes to anxiety. As I was reading I could actually nearly feel what Penny was going through. This just may have been because I have suffered similarly in the past but even so I think It was very realistic.
I always wanted to read on... which is probably the best compliment I can give it. I wanted to know more!
There was always something going on that you couldn't quite figure out and you knew you had to keep reading it in order to find out what it was!! It kept the suspense and mystery throughout the book.
There is only one thing that I can think of that would be slightly negative and It is that there were a couple of moments in the book that I thought were a bit over dramatic or unrealistic. This may just be because Im 25 and no longer in school or college so maybe I am looking at the book with different eyes then someone that is actually currently in school and would be able to relate more but for me some situations I thought could have been a bit more realistic.
In saying that I found the anxiety situations completely relatable and thought they were portrayed excellently.
Would I recommend it??
I have to say overall I thought this was a well written & well structured book. I always wanted to keep reading and I ended up reading the second half of the book in one night because I couldnt put it down (not because I had planned to finish it that night) That is the mark of a good book.
I love a bit of drama, suspense & mystery. This book took on some serious issues and portrayed them well while also having a comical twist. It was both heavy and light hearted throughout the book making it an enjoyable read. I think teens in particular would really relate to this book.
Once again well done Zoe & I think if you havent already it is well worth a read!!
* I am not being sponsered in anyway for this review. I do not personally know Zoe Sugg and I purchased this book with my own money. I have written this review of my own accord, for your information and entertainment. This is my opinion and my opinion alone *
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