‘Girl Online’ Goes Global
Recently, YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg (better known as Zoella) released a fiction book about a teenage girl, who suffers from anxiety, like herself as a teen. Girl Online-the blog style book- instantly flew off the shelves of retail stores.
The book follows the classic plot of a normal teenage schoolgirl who finds herself lost and abandoned from everyone that surrounds her. After being bullied by girls and diagnosed with anxiety, she moves away to New York, where she falls in love – where will this crush take her?
The inspiration for this book came from her personal teenage years, when Zoe herself suffered from the mental illness of anxiety. This started when she was at a party, sober but surrounded by drunken teens.
‘I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.’
Zoe’s passion for writing started at a young age when she called herself a “bookworm” in her vlog. At the age of 14, Zoe had started to write a storybook on a girl with an embarrassing family whose life was far from perfect. Also, when she settled to the fact that she had anxiety, she started a blog.
After previously releasing her range of beauty products, Penguin-the publishers of Girl Online– approached Zoe. (They’d seen her past vlogs on her dream of writing a book.) Astonished, Zoe was soon to reply with a definite yes.
She quoted on one of her vlogs: “It was so exciting, watching my book being printed! It just doesn’t feel real! I can’t believe it!” (That day, Zoe had visited the printing warehouse, where she officially signed the first ever book. Then she randomly placed it back on the conveyer belt to be shipped off!)
At her personal book launch (held at a private location to prevent fans mobbing the area), the CEO of Penguin Random House claimed that he would bet £10 on “Girl Online” to become the Christmas number one top-selling book, and £5 on a book by his other author, Jamie Oliver, to do likewise.
Zoe has already held book signings in different cities across the country: Glasgow, Manchester and Kent, with many more planned for the future.
Hopefully, this will not be the end of Zoe Sugg’s writing career, as her growing fan base want more!
Lara, Year 7
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford