Zoella’s book ‘Girl Online’ came under massive scrutiny after it was released last year and fans discovered their favorite YouTuber had enlisted the help of a ghost writer to pen the pages. This was hardly uncommon practice, but Zoella’s millions of social media followers loved her for her authenticity, and felt that her use of a ghost writer went against that.
“Of course I was going to have help from Penguin’s editorial team in telling my story, which I talked about from the beginning,” Zoella (real name Zoe Sugg) explained. This help came in the form of children’s author Siobhan Curham, whom Zoella explicitly thanked in the credits of the ‘Girl Online.’
Curham had no interest in gaining fame from Zoella, posting on her own blog, “I love writing books and I love helping others write books. And I especially love being involved in the creation of books that help others. Books that deal with real and serious issues such as cyber-bullying, homophobia and anxiety. Books like ‘Girl Online.'”
After almost a full year since this drama, which caused Zoella to take a short hiatus from her Internet life, we learned that she found the criticism “terrifying.” When speaking with the Daily Mail’s You magazine, Zoella said, “One minute I was sitting in my bedroom with my viewers – and then all that!”
Zoella stuck by her guns, though, not letting the outpouring of keyboard warriors bring her down. “It was well known among my viewers that I had an editorial consultant and an editor long before I even began writing the book,” she claimed.
After writing a book that dealt with the issues of cyber-bullying, seeing Zoella handle this criticism the way she did proved she stood behind her words—ghost writer or no ghost writer.