The first book by YouTube star Joe Sugg tells the story of Evie, a socially-isolated teenage girl who struggles to fit in at high school. Always looking for a way to escape, she spends her nights supporting her terminally-ill father, who is tirelessly working on a computer program. When her father passes away, Evie is forced to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin—Mallory—who is the most popular girl in school and the bane of Evie’s existence.
One night, as she’s going through her father’s computer, Evie stumbles on a strange file that sucks her into a virtual world. As Evie explores this strange, new land, she learns it was the project her father was working so tirelessly on: a virtual Eden where Evie can get away and be herself. However, Evie is not alone; Mallory also discovers the world and her presence causes the idyll to descend into chaos. Now Evie must save the virtual world or lose her last connection to her father.
I am giving Username: Evie by Joe Sugg 2/5 stars.
Ah, another installment in the Youtuber book deal epidemic. I actually did not know that Joe Sugg had this book coming out. I stumbled upon it while at Target looking for another book. I almost didn’t purchase Username: Evie and honestly I wish I didn’t. The story had the potential to be great, but it ended up being quite lackluster to me and felt too much like a book trying to push the message of being nice. Granted that is a great message to push, especially in this day and age, but it just made the story seem cheesy to me.
I am giving the book 2 stars though, because it was a good first attempt at writing a graphic novel, and I did quite enjoy the art despite the storyline. The art in Username: Evie is more of the modern comic book style, which I am a fan of more than the manga style. I definitely think Joe and his team of artists have room to grow and improve . Despite me giving it 2 stars, if Joe and his team put out another book, I would definitely give it a shot, mostly to see if they did grow and develop their skills to improve the second book.
About the Author:
My name is Joe Sugg, otherwise known as ThatcherJoe on YouTube. I’m 23 and I’m a British vlogger originally from Wiltshire (The Shire), now living in London. Since 2012 I’ve spent most of my time trying to make people laugh with short videos on the internet, but before I became a YouTuber I was a roof thatcher. My YouTube channels include ThatcherJoe, ThatcherJoeVlogs and ThatcherJoeGames.