Girl Online: On Tour is the second novel by Zoe Sugg and is a sequel to her first novel Girl Online. This is the story of sixteen-year-old Penny and her relationship with the American music star Noah Flynn. After the first novel, Noah has made his big break in music and is now going on tour with The Sketch, a tour on which he invites Penny to join him.
This review does contain spoilers, so if you have not yet read Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg, go read it right this minute and come back as soon as you have finished!
This book was just as sweet as I hoped it would be. Girl Online is a book that I would recommend as a quick feel-good read and to follow up, read the sequel Girl Online: On Tour! I say this because Zoe’s stories are relatable for her mostly young teenaged audience and just altogether sweet.
Being the second book in a series, there is less setup and more character development that goes on throughout the story, which makes it a bit more fun to read than the first novel. Despite the fact that the book is set on a world tour, there is not much description of the actual places that Penny visits. This is because she and Noah never actually get to explore any of the European cities that they visit, but I would have liked a bit more independent Penny explorations. Noah has blown up since the end of Girl Online, meaning that he and his band have become big enough to be invited to headline on a world tour for a major (made up) American boy band called “The Sketch.”
I think Penny is the one who really goes through the most character development in this book, especially since Noah is hardly ever present. Penny suffers from anxiety, which does not pair well with tour life, but she seems to stay strong for the most part while everything she and Noah have planned for the tour falls apart. Her development doesn’t only come from her experiences of disappointment and heartbreak, but also because she is a young girl going through the process of figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Penny brings her camera and love of photography everywhere she goes and when she happens to snap a pic of the famous singer Leah Brown (also on tour with the Sketch) in disguise which changes her point of view. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a moment that gives them a complete direction in life at such a young age, or even at all. When Leah asks Penny if she could use the photo for her album cover, it becomes exactly that moment for Penny. She figures out that her passion can be something more for her, and I think that’s something that most people don’t realize. We see people who seem to have it all figured out and are following their childhood dreams, and then there are those of us who have never been set on one dream and still have no clue. I personally am still trying to figure it, though I think I might be headed in the right direction, at least for now. But back to the book!
Side note: I personally am still trying to figure it, though I think I might be headed in the right direction, at least for now. But back to the book!
Noah gets painted in a pretty bad light in this book, which is different from the rock-god perfection that he seems to be in the first novel. It’s always clear that he is head over heels in love with Penny and that he would never intentionally hurt her, but he also seems completely oblivious to how he affects her. Of course Penny never outright tells Noah that she hates being ignored and pushed around to fit Noah’s increasingly busy tour schedule, but Noah never catches on even after multiple reschedules and let downs. Noah manages to bail on every Magical Mystery day possible, whether it’s for an important meeting with record label people or just to hit the bars with his band mates. Even when it is revealed that Dean is the culprit, and was blackmailing Penny the whole tour so she would break up with Noah, Noah is not shown as a good guy in this book until the end once he finds out all of the truth from everyone. By the end of the book, Noah and Penny aren’t quite back together, but they do seem to be okay as friends. Everything that happened to Penny really made me feel for her, not that I’ve had any experience quite like this. I felt like I was Penny’s friend and wanted to be there to comfort her each time that Noah blew her off or TheRealTruth tries to sabotage her relationship (and Elliot’s for that matter).
Penny and Elliot are like the (and I cringe because I would never actually say this phrase out loud) “#friendshipgoals” that most people wish they had. Elliot is constantly at Penny’s defense and ready to trash-talk Noah and making Penny feel better because that’s what best friends do. They are so close and care for each other so much that Elliot’s break up is kind of what got Penny out of her own breakup funk.
Overall, I think Girl Online: On Tour did exactly what I hoped it would do for me as a reader. I think Zoe has created a relatable story that is also just a great book to read for fun. It goes by very quickly and I definitely enjoyed this story very much. Maybe there will be a third book… You never know! Let me know what you thought of Girl Online: On Tour 🙂
(Update: there is a third book, which Zoe revealed the title of in the vlog she posted today so I will most definitely be buying and reviewing Girl Online: Going Solo after it comes out in November of this year!)-Katie on 7/8/16 *hiiiiiii 😉
Until next time… Katie xoxo