This book was hyped so much that when we were out shopping, I asked Cameron to buy me it for Christmas. And then two days later, it came out that maybe Zoella didn’t write the book herself and had help from a ghostwriter. I personally don’t really care about that, many people use ghostwriters to write their ideas, so it’s not really surprising that someone young and popular like this would do the same thing. Good for her as she gets her idea turned into a book, and good for the publisher to cash in on her internet fame for the Christmas sales rush.
Just like the last book I read, I think I would have enjoyed this book immensely about 10 years ago, but although I still enjoyed it very much now, it did feel very teenager-ish.
The book centres around a 15 year old blogger whose parents land a job planning a wedding in New York just before Christmas. Penny is the clumsiest most awkward teenager imaginable, so she’s grateful for a change of scenery. And when she meets the supposed boy of her dreams, it looks like Penny is in for the perfect Christmas. He whisks her off her feet showing her the sights of Brooklyn, and even writes a song about her.
But when Penny returns to Brighton and finds out the truth about who Noah really is, her perfect fantasy is turned upside down and for more reasons than you’d imagine.
Of course there’s a twist in the ending, which you can probably guess (I know I did), which leads to a happy ending for all involved.
The book was a very pleasant read and a nice happy story, but the characters seemed a bit cliched and the some aspects of the story felt a little under-developed. It was very predictable in what was going to happen; girl falls in love, boy does something wrong, boy turns up and makes it all okay. The cross-atlantic aspect was quite nice, and I did feel like the book was very well written to make you feel empathy with the characters, but I did find Penny annoying at times. Probably because I’m a bit older than the target audience for the book, so not the fault of the author.
I’d definitely recommend this book to younger authors, but if you’ve got past the stage of teenage crushes and infatuations, then this book probably isn’t for you.
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