The beauty and lifestyle vlogger has become the fastest selling debut author in the UK after 78,000 copies of Girl Online were sold during the book’s first week, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Zoe Sugg signed a two book publishing deal with Penguin Books earlier this year and is already planning to release a sequel to Girl Online mid-2015. Upon hearing the news, Zoe said she was “blown away” at the novel’s success and surprised at the amount of people who picked it up.
I’m legit blown away by this. I never in a million years thought that so many of you would pick up a copy of Girl Online. Almost wanna cry..
— Zoë (@Zoella) December 2, 2014
Reviews for the novel have been mainly positive, with the Telegraph stating; “It is a sweet story with its heart in the right place. […] The charm of Girl Online is the message that growing up doesn’t have to mean leaving childish stuff behind.”
On Goodreads, the book has an average rating of 4.02/5, with one user saying: “I’m very surprised to be giving this 5 stars. I definitely wouldn’t have given it that rating if it weren’t for the great ending. As far as I know, Zoe hasn’t had much writing experience at all before writing this, and I honestly couldn’t tell [the] difference from other authors.”
However, not all reviews are as positive, with one Amazon user claiming ‘Girl Online’ to be “a let down” and “not compelling”, and another writing: “I was disappointed. It is extremely predictable and there was something quite irritating about the main character that just made me feel like I couldn’t relate.”
Girl Online has outsold the debut works of J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. It has also been named the fastest selling hardback of 2014.
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