Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Most people will have heard of this book. It’s been out a while now and it’s already got two sequels so I’m probably the last person on the planet to finally read it. However, for those of you who haven’t heard of it before this is the debut novel of Zoella, a popular YouTuber, and it’s about a young girl named Penny who runs a blog called Girl Online. She keeps it anonymous and just blogs about things going on in her life; friendship, boys and the panic attacks she’s started having recently. When things get worse she goes on a family vacation to New York and ends up meeting a boy named Noah. Penny finds herself falling in love and records every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover forever.

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I’d seen this book around for a while but never considered reading it. Then a couple of weeks ago I went in to buy ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Siobhan Vivian and it was in the buy one get one half price offer. So was Girl Online. I figured it would be a good book to review on this blog and went for it! I didn’t particularly think I’d enjoy it but I was actually surprised.

‘Girl Online’ is pretty much a typical teenage novel. It’s not really anything new or amazing. The plot is relatively predictable but I still found myself getting completely invested. At twenty years old I don’t think I was the intended target audience, it’s aimed more at younger teenagers, but I still found myself really enjoying it.

I think ‘Girl Online’ is one of those books that I know isn’t particularly good and should by all means probably annoy the Hell out of me, but it doesn’t. After finishing this one I actually really want to read the sequels, I want to find out what happens to Penny and whether she decides to keep her blog or not. I have a feeling this series is going to be a bit of a guilty pleasure.

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As for the romance, it was a little bit annoying to read about because it was a bit unrealistic. I can understand Penny feeling attracted to him but the fact that they both fell in love with each other so quickly was a bit ridiculous. Also her friend Elliot started getting so petty that it was stupid. I understood why he was upset with everything going on but it seemed like soon he wasn’t giving Penny a break at all.

Ultimately, I did really enjoy the book and I’ll be buying the sequels but as I said, this book is definitely a guilty pleasure. A kind of, I know it’s not that great but I loved it anyway.

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Best Concerts Ever

Since it’s a new year and all that I’m looking to write new blog posts to add a bit more variety to my blog, hence all the lists you’ll be seeing over the next few weeks while I get a feel for what I like writing. I’ll still be posting my book and horror film reviews but I want to expand on that. So I’ve decided to write a list of my favourite concerts I’ve been to, ever.

10. Tonight Alive

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I’d heard about Tonight Alive but didn’t really bother to listen to them until I saw them support All Time Low at the O2 Academy in London when I decided I should give them a try. I quickly fell in love with them and when they announced a UK tour I convinced my friend we should go. They played at the HMV Institute in Birmingham which is a relatively small venue and they were great. Not the best concert I’ve ever been to but I’m glad I went. I don’t listen to them as much anymore but I still love their songs ‘Lonely Girl’ and ‘Hell and Beck’.

9. The Pretty Reckless

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For a long time I only really knew one song by ‘The Pretty Reckless’ and that was ‘Miss Nothing’, the popular one. Then they supported Fall Out Boy and I suddenly fell in love with them. I bought their album ‘Going to Hell’ and it was one of my favourite albums for a long time so when they came to the UK to promote it I dragged my friend to their concert. They’re so good live and I’m really glad I went, I nearly went again when they came back this year but unfortunately I didn’t have enough money. Next time I’ll definitely be there!

8. Thirty Seconds to Mars

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At the time I said this was the best concert I’d ever been to and it was really good. What I liked was that it was visually good as well as sounding good. To be honest unless I really love a band I get kind of bored watching them if all they’re doing is singing (I’ve seen You Me at Six four times now and was always bored), I like other things to be going on and I got that at Thirty Seconds to Mars. They’re definitely one of the best live bands I’ve seen and I’d recommend going to see them!

7. The Used

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So I saw ‘The Used’ in a tiny little venue so even though me and my friend had only shown up about thirty minutes before the doors opened we managed to squeeze our way to just behind the front row so we had one of the best views ever. If we’d been at the back I don’t think I’d have included them on the list because although they were good, what really made the concert was that my friend wasn’t as big of a fan as me so she didn’t know as many lyrics to as many songs. So whenever she didn’t know a song the lead singer, Bert, kept coming over and pointing at her and shaking his head for not knowing the lyrics. Whenever she knew a song he kept going to the other side of the stage. It was honestly hilarious. She managed to catch his water bottle though, that was brilliant.

6. We Are the In Crowd

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For a long time, ‘We Are the in Crowd’ were my favourite band. I’ve been to see them five times now and every time I’ve met at least one member – which stresses me out because I don’t wanna break the streak if I ever go see them again. My favourite time seeing them was on their first headlining tour when they were promoting ‘Weird Kids’, I saw them at the O2 Academy in Birmingham and you could just tell how genuinely happy they were to be performing. They’re also really good to their fans, my favourite member changes every time I see them because they’re all lovely for different reasons. Unfortunately I think the band are on a break at the moment but you should definitely listen to their album ‘Weird Kids’, it’s so good!

5. All Time Low

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All Time Low are probably the band I’ve seen the most. I’ve seen them six times and I’ve booked to go see them again this year with three of my friends. The first time I saw them was a wild experience. I got permission to skip school and queue all day with two of my friends. Me and one of my friends decided to go and find the bathroom but we got lost and ended up by the tour buses. One of the tour bus doors opened and there was some random guy stood in the doorway. And then Jack Barakat ran past him, completely naked. Then the guy shut the door again.

They’re just a really fun band to see live and I had tons of fun each time I saw them but nothing will ever beat that first time. I was lucky enough to meet them last year (I got to go to the Hustler meet and greet as my friends carer YAY) and they’re all so lovely, especially Jack even though I dropped my phone on the floor when I went to give it to him and seemed to have a stroke ‘cos I couldn’t figure out how to pick it back up or talk to him. But yeah, they’re brilliant live and you should definitely see them if you have the chance to!

4. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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So a while ago Tumblr kept talking about this song called ‘Pon Pon Pon’ and I decided to give it a listen because so many people were talking about it and I had no idea what on Earth they were on about. I didn’t like it at first but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me so I started listening to more of her songs and soon I fell in love. She announced a tour with a stop in the UK the next year but unfortunately she was going to London on a school night so I couldn’t go.

Then the next year she announced another show in London and I was attending university in London so I could go, YAY! Like I said, I don’t like just watching bands sing I like something visual and that’s definitely Kyary. It was a small venue but it didn’t matter, Kyary was brilliant, her costumes were cute and her dancing was great. Also her English was really sweet, it was definitely one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever been to and you should definitely look her up!

3. BabyMetal

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I feel bad because my friend had been telling me about BabyMetal for years, and saying they were her guilty pleasure and I should give them a listen. To which I kept responding “I’m not listening to a group called BabyMetal.” Then Kerrang tweeted a link to one of their songs and I finally gave it a listen… And really enjoyed it. Sorry Cheyenne, I’ll listen to you in future.

Anyway, they kept announcing dates for their world tour and I was getting so stressed because they weren’t saying anything about the UK but then it finally happened! They announced a show in London then I pestered my friend until she agreed to go with me. And I had the best fucking time.

For those of you who haven’t heard of BabyMetal they’re a Japanese girl group who sing and dance to metal music. Some of their songs are fun, silly and cute but some are really good like ‘Road of Resistance’ and ‘The One’. They’re definitely not to be missed; they’re so good and energetic live. If they come back then I’m getting another ticket and seeing them all over again. Give them a listen; trust me when I say they’re good!

2. 24K

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I’ve been really into K-Pop lately and for the longest time it was just me on my own but luckily two of my best friends got into it as well. Not many K-Pop artists come to Europe, let alone the UK but 24K announced a concert here. I remember complaining to my friend in the cinema “No one’s heard of them, how come they can come here and the really famous groups can’t?” Then my friend turned around and said she’d listened to a couple of their songs, thought they were good and wanted to go see them. So I invited myself along and our third K-Pop friend wanted to come too. Oh My God, I’m so glad we all went.

One of the best nights of my life, 24K were so lit and the vibe was just really good. No one was pushing, shoving or arguing or anything we were all just there to have a good time. And 24K were so fun as well, they got halfway through the concert then invited three fans up to the stage to teach them how to dance and then there was a dancing contest and I just? It was one of the most laidback and fun concerts I’ve ever been to. We’re all considering travelling to Amsterdam to see them again because they were honestly so good! If you haven’t listened to 24K then I recommend going and listening to ‘Bingo’ right now.

1. K-CON PARIS 2016

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The line-up was Shinee, IOI, BTS, Block B, f(x) and FT Island. At the time I wasn’t a massive fan of any of those groups, I’d heard the odd song by a few of them but I wasn’t in love with any of them or anything. But my friend’s bias group is BTS and my other friend loved most of the groups so we decided to go. We managed to get to Paris relatively cheap and had the best holiday there ever.

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The concert itself was the best thing I’ve ever been to in my life, I fell in love with BTS at that concert and just everything was so perfect. Every group was so good and we all had the best time ever. I was sat next to some lady who had to be in her thirties or forties who kept fangirling over Taemin from Shinee, it was amazing. I’m really hoping K-Con Paris 2017 is announced this year, or even better a K-Con London but we’ll have to see. I might weep forever if there isn’t because it was honestly the best concert ever.

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To be honest, this list didn’t make an awful lot of sense but I just wanted to remember the fun times I’ve had! Let me know the best concerts you’ve ever been to!

Review: … And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

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When I found out there was another book in the spinster club series I was absolutely over the moon as it’s probably my favourite series out there. I’d wanted to read it for a while so put it on my Christmas list – but no one bought it for me! I’ve been pretty broke recently but after hearing so many brilliant reviews of it I spent the last of my money on it. I’m glad I did. It only took me a day to finish it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Spinster Club series, it follows the friendship of Evie, Amber and Lottie who form their own group ‘the Spinster Club’ where they meet up to discuss feminism. Each girl has their own book told from their point of view until this one, which is told a chapter at a time but each of the girls. It’s New Years Eve and Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a party to remember. For the first time since they all left college the three girls are back together and it’s time to have fun – not tears or arguments.

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When the book arrived it was smaller than I expected it to be. I thought it was another novel but it’s actually a novella to tie up any loose ends and so we have one more opportunity to check in with the Spinsters and see how they’re doing. Why can’t all series have one last book like this? It was nice to see what the girls were up to now they’d all left college even if it wasn’t necessarily what you’d hoped would happen.

I love how things aren’t perfect for any of them, how they all went their separate ways and things aren’t exactly the same when they got back. Or how none of them are particularly having an easy time but they’re too afraid to tell each other that not things aren’t as perfect as they’d hoped they’d be.

My favourite thing though was that they all seemed to end up doing the thing that was right for them even if it meant they wouldn’t be able to meet up as often as they’d like to. It was a brilliant conclusion to the series and I’m so glad Bourne decided to write one more book.

If you’ve already read the Spinster series then I one hundred percent recommend this because it’s amazing and you’ll honestly love it. And if you haven’t read the Spinster series then you really need to start because it’s one of the best series out there and you won’t regret it!