Synopsis: As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

My Review: Yes, it is time for another Girl Online book review. Does this one contain as much literary candyfloss as the first two books? It does indeed. Girl Online is one of those popular books I read out of curiosity and because it’s probably the easiest book in the world to read. A bit like eating candyfloss.

So down to opinions on the Girl Online: Going Solo. It was okay. Not amazing, not awful. Just a quick read that dissolves about as quickly as candyfloss does.

The first two books in the series were actually okay. I think I read each in a day which is all you need. I’m not saying they were great inspiring pieces of literature, they were just easy YA trash. And sometimes you just need YA trash. However, Going Solo was a bit of a let down. It was not as well written as the first two books, which I did not think was something really possible. The plot was thready and didn’t flow very well. Each new character that was introduced felt like they had massive gaps missing in their characters and were inconsistent. Overall it felt like a step down from the other books.

The characters from the first two books haven’t changed much. Penny is her usual anxiety ridden self. Megan is her usual braty self and Elliot of course is his usual flamboyant and friendly self. But, this just was not quite enough to carry the weak story along.

Generally the Girl Online books have a few plot twists in them. Yes, all predictable but this time more predictable than usual. Needless to say it doesn’t feel like anything interesting is happening when you can already tell what is going to happen next.

If you have read the first two books, I would say read the last (I’m presuming/hoping this is the last book). It does end the series off well in the last couple of chapters. Just don’t expect great things.


2/5 Stars

Published by Books and Peppermint Tea