Zoella’s Had Some Pretty Amazing News About Girl Online

Zoella has even MORE good news to celebrate.

The 25-year-old vlogger’s debut novel Girl Online is now the most popular title among UK secondary school pupils, according to a new study. Impressive.

The What Kids Are Reading survey measured 725,369 children’s reading habits in more than 3,300 schools.

Zoella released Girl Online in November 2014


It considered the most read titles – indicating the number of times a book was read in school – as well as the most popular books picked by the kids.

For those at secondary level, the most-read title was Jeff Kinney’s Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. However, Girl Online was the most popular.


Primary school children had slightly different preferences. Their most-read was Roald Dahl classic The Twits, while the most popular was also Kinney’s ninth Wimpy Kid book.

It’s not exactly surprising that Girl Online ranked so highly with teens. When it was released in November 2014, it sold 78,109 copies in its first week.

These were the highest first-week sales since Nielsen BookScan began collecting data in 1998. Wow.

Zoella’s since released her second book Girl Online: On Tour


But unfortunately for Zoella – real name Zoe Sugg – not everything about her book’s success was quite so positive.

She faced a huge backlash after it was revealed she’d had a little help writing the novel.

See: Zoella Admits She Was ‘Terrified’ By Girl Online Backlash


In fact, she received so many angry messages that she ended up quitting the internet for a while. And as a YouTuber, that’s a pretty big deal.

She’s since insisted that she never deliberately misled her fans, telling You magazine: ‘It was well known among my viewers that I had an editorial consultant and an editor long before I even began writing the book.’


See: Zoella Shows Off Shorter Hair On Snapchat

Seeing as she’s now released follow-up Girl Online: On Tour, we think the sitch has calmed down. Phew.