Series: Girls Can Vlog #2
Published by Pan Macmillan on September 8th 2016
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Also by this author: Lucy Locket: Online Disaster, Hashtag Hermione: Wipeout!
Girls Can Vlog is pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online!Ever since Abby and her friends set up the Girls Can Vlog YouTube channel, Abby has been busier than ever. Not only is she vlogging at least once a week, but she also has a role in the school musical production of Grease. While Abby's always found keeping up with her schoolwork tough, now it's virtually impossible, and to make things even worse, she's developing a major crush . . . on two different boys!If Abby's parents find out about her slipping grades, will it mean the end for her acting and vlogging dreams?An inspirational story about the power of vlogging - complete with tips for starting up your own YouTube channel!
Girls Can Vlog is one of the most fun middle grade series I’ve ever read, I loved Lucy Locket Online Disaster and Amazing Abby Drama Queen is just as good and I am STOKED that Hashtag Hermione Wipeout is next because #bookworm #goals #canwebebestfriends? Abby was probably my least favourite of the four girls, tending toward more drama queen antics, but she actually won me around with her book. She’s SUCH a sweet girl and the fact that the deplorable Dakota keeps persisting with her bullying is starting to seriously grate on my nerves (Dakota clearly dislikes the girls, but to comment on all of their videos smacks more of jealously than dislike, imo) and I was glad to see her get a bit of comeuppance this time around.
What I like about these books most is that the girls are normal teens who have real issues. Lucy has a stutter, Abby’s schoolwork seems to be suffering and she doesn’t quite know why, Hermione has her own issues and Jessie seems to be, to the naked eye, the only one who doesn’t seem to have something she suffers with (but, like I said, we haven’t seen enough of her to know if that’s actually true). This isn’t just a series about four girls who become super famous overnight and their problems disappear. They don’t even disappear come the end of the novel, and that’s refreshing. To see the girls try to overcome the things they struggle with is real, and a lot of girls (and boys!) who pick up this series will see themselves in Lucy, Abby, Hermione and Jessie and think, “Phew, I’m not weird or not normal.”
I love seeing the girls’ vlogs, I love that peek into what it’s like to make vlogs and edit them and how much time it takes. I watch Zoella’s new videos every time she uploads and for 10 minutes watching time, I bet 10 times that goes into making her videos and editing, etc, and yet it looks effortless as if it was filmed that way and I liked that Abby’s mum (not mom, we are not American Emma Moss or editor) was sensible when she knew Abby’s schoolwork was suffering and took away the vlogging, to get her back on track. It’s nice to see a responsible parent because often they get left behind or ignored as their kids pursue projects. I did wish Abby was a bit more honest with the bullying, but I know that when you’re being bullied it’s hard to tell – the bullying could get worse, you might not be believed, nothing might happen, but it felt like a massive thing that needed attention however as I said before, I liked how Abby handled herself in the end.
This was a great little read. Short but sweet and I love these girls so much. I love their friendship, I love how there’s very little drama, they’re not arguing and storming off or disbanding their friendship (all of which is very real, I know that, that happened to me at 11/12) but their friendship is rock solid and that’s also great. I can’t wait to get into Hermione’s story and Jessie’s, too. I hope after all the stories are told, Emma Moss can find a way to continue, it would be fantastic to see these girls as they grow up from kids/tweens to young adults. It inspires me to want to vlog, not that I ever will. I’m quite happy typing behind the laptop screen, thank you very much.