Zoella's new book is being called a 'scam' by readers
22 October 2018, 11:24 | Updated: 22 October 2018, 11:25
Zoella's latest book, Cordially Invited, is being torn apart for being a £20 book which tells readers how to go on walks.
Lifestyle YouTuber/vlogger Zoella hasn't had the easiest ride when it comes to anything she releases. Her first book, Girl Online, caused drama when people found out that the book had been ghostwritten, and then her advent calendar was criticised for it's initial £50 price tag. Now, she's back to being criticised by the public again over her latest book, Cordially Invited.
Cordially Invited is a book aiming to teach readers how to host the perfect party for any occasion. It's filled with how-to's, recipes, and crafting tips. It looks cute, there's tons of pages, true fans will love it but others have pointed out that some of the recipes are already available on her blog, or in videos, and the how-to's just really aren't impressive. For the £20 price tag, it doesn't seem like much bang for your buck. Understandably, fans are NOT HAPPY about this, and Zoe has now been nicknamed 'Scamella'.
Here's a summary of the Amazon reviews below:
Just wow! If you thought the reaction to Zoella's advent calendar was bad, just check out the reviews of her new lifestyle book, "Cordially Invited". 😳😳😳— ElizabethJB (@ElizabethJBond) October 21, 2018
Apparently, one of her tips is to wear a coat when you go for a walk. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/OdpnuK7z8a #Zoella #ZoeSugg pic.twitter.com/fhteddJNMN
Maybe telling your readers 'how to go for a walk' isn't the most life changing of ideas, but surely the rest of the book must have something substantial? Mmmmaybe not...
Some fans are angry that even after the overpriced advent calendar drama, she's still charging £20 for this book which doesn't seem to have any valid or actually helpful tips. Others have pointed out that the reason there are so many filler pages, and things like how-to's on going for a walk, may be because she just needed to reach a minimum page count or word count.
mate zoella has truly taken scamming to the next level with her new book a dunno how she can live with herself physically publishing pages about how to take yourself on a walk and charging £20 for em— 𝓂𝑒𝑔𝒶𝓃 (@megvnrooney) October 18, 2018
Zoella naming all the fruits in her book as if we never knew they existed and then charging 20 quid for the lesson. It's like how to reach the word count for an essay but on Pinterest— Hollyⓥ (@Callmeflooo_x) October 17, 2018
Can we talk about how zoella is selling a book for £20 which literally tells you how to go on a walk and make paper chains . Chief called and said this ain’t it— slender morg (@legendaryhowell) October 20, 2018
Some people have even tried to guess what Zoe's next non-fiction book will be.
Zoella’s next book is 150 pages on how to breathe— The Blue Spirit🎃 (@trollloool4) October 17, 2018
Some of Zoe's fans have defended her, with one fan saying the book is more of a collectible item than an actual book to use for hosting parties.
You can find recipes online still people are buying cookbooks. Just a thought. But yes, for me it's much more a collectible, the content didn't really matter to me when I was paying for it. I have all Zoe's books, one of them is signed. That makes me happy. 😉— Darla Vrbenska (@TheLadyDARLA) October 21, 2018
YouTube commentary channel, iNabberTV has also defended the book, saying people are just looking for an excuse to hate.
Honestly don't think Zoella's latest book is a scam, it's genuinely just a nice book imo, people are just hating to hate at this point, new video tomorrow x— Fraser (@iNabberTV) October 19, 2018
Are you going to buy Zoe's new book? If you have it already, what do you think?