Review: Girl Online

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Girl Online #1
Zoe Sugg
Contemporary
Atria
25 November 2014
Hardcover
352 pages
Purchased


had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.


A while back, I heard about this book, and I was curious. But I also didn’t want to read it at all, because it was a book written by someone who isn’t an author. Okay, she’s a blogger who technically write a lot as well, but still she’s not an actual author. But in the end, when I found it on bol.com for cheap (I mean 9 euros for a hardcover?! Y E S PLEASE), and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Girl Online is about Penny who owns a blog. One she keeps secret from her family and the people she knows in real life. But she has another secret, she’s been suffering from panic attacks, and when this happens in front of her parents, they take her away to New York for a small holiday (and a wedding to plan). There, she meets Noah. But Noah also has his secrets.

It did sound a bit like the typical ‘girl meets boy’ story, and that was also what made me a bit reluctant, but sometimes it’s really good to read a story like this. So yeah even though it’s not really my kind of book, I enjoyed it. Maybe it was because of the blogging part of the story (though there weren’t that many blog posts in the book, I had hoped for a blog before each chapter, but alas). The story was really nice, if very simple, but like I said sometimes you just need a simple story like this.

I loved the fact that Penny was into photography, because I am into photography myself. I would have loved to see some of her pictures in the book though (apart from the ones on the cover, which I assume were supposed to be taken by her). The only thing that I noticed, as a photographer, was that she takes all her pictures with a flash. And that annoyed me a lot. I know it’s only a story, and I know she wasn’t a professional – but she wanted to become one, and one of the first things you learn when you learn more about photography is that pictures without flash are a lot prettier than with. So yeah, I don’t know – it just annoyed me a little bit. But I got past that so I could enjoy the story better.

The writing was very simple, seeing as it was written for teenagers, but it was enjoyable. I had heard that this book wasn’t really written by Zoe but by a ghostwriter; and honestly I can’t judge on that, because I have never read any of Zoella’s blogposts (I am not a make-up kind of person). But it was written nicely, and that’s what it’s about, right?

In the end, I enjoyed Girl Online even though it’s not normally my kind of story. If you really like fluffy stories, you should try out this book!

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Review: Insurgent (movie)

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Divergent #2
Veronica Roth (book), Robert Schwentke (director)
Science Fiction
Lionsgate
18 March 2015
119 minutes

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse, Keiynan Lonsdale, Emjay Anthony, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, and many more...

 


Actual rating: 4,5 stars – About a year ago, I saw Divergent for the first time. I really loved it, even though there were some changes from the book (between Divergent and now I have made peace with the fact that movies will never be the same as the books they’re based on). Then I waited for Insurgent to come out; watched some trailers, reread the book and just got really excited for the movie.

And I have to say, I really loved Insurgent as well. There was a bit more action in this movie, a bit more story now that (most of) the characters were introduced and yeah I liked it! I did notice that this movie was different from Divergent because they had a new director, but to be honest it didn’t really bother me that much (not as much as it did with The Hunger Games; the differences between the first and second/third movie are huge imo).

Let me talk about the actors first, because wow this cast is amazing. The ones we knew from the previous movie were superb (Shailene, Theo, Ansel, Miles, Jai, Kate, etc etc; wow), and the new characters were good as well (Octavia Spencer as Johanna, Rosa Salazar (whose last name is P E R F E C T) as Lynn, Suki Waterhouse as Marlene, Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah (who I adored), Emjay Anthony as Hector (who was just A D O R A B L E) and Naomi Watts as Evelyn (which was a bit strange, seeing as she looked about the same age as Four). This movie is just full of beautiful ladies and gorgeous men wow a+ for the people who did the casting!

In the book, Tris goes through an emotional journey because she killed one of her best friends at the end of Divergent. She can’t hold a gun, she has nightmares, she fights with Four a lot; and that wasn’t really there in the movie. She does have nightmares and sees things that aren’t really there, but she’s not really as emotional as she was in the book. And I am okay with that. Because this is a movie full of action, and so was the book, and she needs to be able to fire a gun in this movie otherwise she’d be vulnerable. Yes I was a bit sad that she didn’t seem to have that much flaws in this movie – but I also got it. Someone used the argument that Mockingjay pt 1 did a better job at portraying a heroine having a mental breakdown but in my opinion, nothing major really happened in the first part of the Mockingjay book, so Katniss had all the ‘time’ to break down. She was ‘safe’ in District Thirteen for most of the part, while Tris was still being hunted by Jeanine and yeah I don’t really think you can compare those two things to each other, but that’s just me.

Of course, with a 525 page book, and only an approximately two hour movie, you have to cut a lot, and that did of course happen with this movie. Some scenes I really loved in the book weren’t there (the peace serum scene for example, but I hadn’t expected it to be there). But there were other scenes that made up for it. Like I said before, I wasn’t too bothered with it being different from the book because I get it. That will never happen. (Mockingjay got really close but it’s still not exactly the same as the book). Some scenes in the book were even put together (to people who’ve seen the movie: the box), and I thought that was very well done.

Yes there were some disappointments (like some scenes not being there, some characters not having more screentime *cough* marlene, uriah, lynn, tori *cough*) but hey, it’s a two hour movie, and hopefully there’ll be deleted scenes like with Divergent. And of course, the 3D was a big nope for me. I have headaches basically 24/7 and 3D make them even worse. The only 3D movies I really enjoyed were the Hobbit movies, but that was because they were 3D HFR. So next time I’ll be watching Insurgent, it will be in 2D (if they show that at all at my local cinema, otherwise I’ll just wait for the DVD).

In the end, I loved Insurgent – even with its flaws. If you loved the Divergent movie, go and see Insurgent, if you loved the books, go and see Insurgent. If you are a book purist, do NOT go and see Insurgent (or do, but please do not complain about it being ‘so different from the book oh my god’).

A very busy month

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You may have noticed the silence on this blog since the 16th, but that is for a very good reason. I have been very busy outside of the internet this month. Yeah, really! March has actually been a bit of a busy month for me! So busy, I haven’t really found the time to read, which I already predicted at the end of February. I so bravely challenged myself to read another ten books this month, but I think I will stick to six or maybe seven instead.

Anyway, first of all I have been busy taking care of my grandmother. She fell off the stairs a couple of weeks ago, and broke her foot. Since I was going to stay at her house to look after her cat, I decided to still go there and look after her (and the cat) instead. I didn’t really have to cook, because there were a lot of people bringing food. I only cooked on the last two days, and that were very simple meals that I had made before (my favourite pasta dish, and some chicken with chips). But I hardly read anything while I was at my grans, even though I had brought FOUR books!

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