Say Hello 2017 With ‘Hello Life’

25360968Title: Hello Life!

Author: Marcus Butler

Publisher: Headline

Marcus Butler’s irreverent YouTube channel has long combined laughs and comedy sketches with thoughts on more serious issues. What sets him apart from the rest is his ability to mix light-hearted banter with a deep empathy for the problems facing young people today. Thanks to his experiences of family illness, his parents’ divorce, weight issues and catastrophic hair days, Marcus is in a unique position to share everything he has learned about healthy living, relationships and dealing with the daily pressures life throws at us all. Working with journalist and writer Matt Allen, in HELLO LIFE! his part-autobiography, part-self help guide Marcus shares his trademark big-brotherly advice and unveils his roadmap to success for anyone navigating the trickier aspects of modern living.

Funny, cool, fully illustrated and totally readable, this book is the ultimate must-have for fans of Marcus Butler.’


Marcus Butler, is a British YouTuber who most people love, so when I finally heard that the book was coming out, I was so excited. Thankfully, my mom ended up winning a signed copy of the book which I would say is seriously AWESOME! I even ended up reading the whole book in just over a day.

This was last year by the way.

Anyway, from this book you see Marcus has such a vast and astounding knowledge on varying subjects and I really had no idea that he had been through as much as he had. Some people give advice without actually knowing anything about what another person is feeling or going through, but he really does, and because of this, I really felt like I needed to take on board what he was saying.

This book was full of so much insight and ideas on how to live your best life today and be the best you can be. I felt really inspired and actually left the book wanting to change myself and adapt in order to reach my full potential.

He even makes you feel as though you are not alone, as he along with many others have surely felt a similar way or exactly the same as you have. It was comforting and put me at ease, more so than I have been before. Probably one of the main reasons I loved it as much as I actually did.

The final chapters look into his success, as well as how he thinks we can turn things around or work harder in order for us to do the same, in which ever things we choose. The step to step guides within each chapter help to break things down and make it easier to see how each individual goal can actually be reached.

It is a book for everyone who has ever felt anything ever. He is one YouTuber whose book I definitely think is worth picking up and reading.

Chloe Lauren x

Girl Online By Zoe Sugg | Book Review

22510983Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

Publisher: Penguin


I 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.’


Blogger and YouTube personality, Zoe Sugg, otherwise known to her fans as Zoella, switches the camera for the pen, for first book, Girl Online.

I personally, have been a fan of Zoella for quite some time now, so when I first had the chance, I grabbed my money, and just ran for the shop to pick it up (that may not exactly be how it happened).

The moment it was actually in my hands, I had a bit of a Gollum moment. You know, the whole, ‘My precious!’ thing?

I was very excited to read it, raring to go even, and ready for what was in store. I mean, I was about to read a book by one of my favourite YouTuber’s. However, after about 100 pages or so into the book, I realised I may have rushed to conclusions a little there. I was a little disappointed, especially at the beginning anyway. It was fairly slow paced and I must admit at certain points I was slightly bored. The plot itself was a little lost at times and was unnecessarily dragged out.

Also, I don’t know why, but it definitely reminded me of Geek Girl by Holly Smale, in both character, as well as plot. In a way this could be a good thing, but at the same time makes it too easy to predict certain outcomes.

There were elements that I did end up finding enjoyable. For instance, the relationship between main character, Penny and and Noah, as well as with her best friend, Elliot. Both of these relationships had the usual happy beginnings and then witnessed complications, which is definitely realistic, but other moments together, were rather far fetched. That didn’t particularly matter (much). These characters made the book worth while and helped it to all come together to work nicely.

Certain chapters were set out as if they were blog posts, with which Penny would use to let out how she truly feels and to be who she really is, rather than being someone else and not being able to say what she needs to. It made her character have more depth as well as making it easier for me to identify with her, because that is one of the reason I started this blog, but also because, when I can’t express my true feelings, I just write it all down. For this reason, I felt so attached to this character, and felt for her through the varying ordeals she is put into or puts herself into. However, because we were so similar, there were times that I had to put down the book because of recurring feelings, and realising I may have dealt with certain situations wrong.

Overall it was a good read, but had certain aspects which did let it don a bit in different places. I am hopeful, and can’t wait to see if Zoe can pull it back, when I finally read the second book, Girl Online On Tour.

Lonely Girl Awards Girl Online: 3 / 5 Happy Faces