[The plot]: Penny is your everyday awkward teenager, just blundering her way through school and doing her best not to embarrass herself on a daily basis. But Penny is also keeping a secret, and online secret. Penny blogs about her daily life, her crazy family and uses the strength of her followers to understand the panic attacks that she’s been suffering with. When her school life hits an all time embarrassing peak, and she can’t face the outside world, this is the perfect opportunity for her family to be asked to work in New York. This well deserved break sees Penny learn more about herself and her supportive family, all the while falling in love the American dream Noah. But can everything fall into place so perfectly so fast, without going wrong?
Zoe has created a story that is easy to read and understand, you can relate to the characters and I think this can purely be said due to it being written from her own experiences and troubles. She has written what she knows, done so not to create a novel that boast or exaggerates what she has achieved and accomplished but to create an easy, breezy read that will capture the heart of her fans. Which is exactly what she has achieved.
Penny is relatable to the everyday teenager and young adult. Young girls in high school all know the feeling of embarrassing moments, and the thought of never living them down. We’ve all had those friends who maybe drift away as you grow up, and you struggle to be yourself around. This book encapturs all of those moments, it takes you back to your school days when you fell over in front of an entire class or had an argument with your best friend and you thought you’d never speak again. It it also makes you think about how silly it all seems now, and as life moves on we grow as people, make new friends, better choices and move on. I really hope it has the same effect on Zoe’s younger fans and readers, who may be going through those ever so dramatic high school years.
The only criticism I have for this book would be that it is a less mature read than I was expecting. Before reading, I expected the book to be aimed at people of Zoe’s age, give or take a few years. However, Zoe does have a younger fan base so it is reasonable for her to have aimed this book at younger teenagers in the writing style. That being said, it can still be enjoyed as an easy, light read by many audiences.
I rate this book three out of five stars.
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