Zoe Sugg's Girl Online sold more than 78,000 copies in its first week

By Tara Fowler
Updated December 03, 2014 03:50 PM
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Move over, J.K. Rowling.

Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, has made a name for herself as a fashion and beauty vlogger, but now she’s a best-selling author as well.

The 24-year-old YouTube star’s debut novel, Girl Online, sold more than 78,000 copies in its first week, making the fastest-selling novel for a first-time author in the U.K., according to Nielsen BookScan.

“It’s such an amazing feeling,” Sugg said of the news. “I’m so grateful to everyone who has bought a copy of Girl Online.”

She added: “I love that so many of my viewers are enjoying the book! This year has been so exciting and this for sure is the icing on the cake.”

To put things in perspective, Girl Online moved more than five times the number of copies Fifty Shades of Grey sold in its first week. Sugg also bested Rowling and Dan Brown’s debut novels.

The vlogger, who joined YouTube in 2009, offers fashion and beauty advice in videos that attract 12 million hits every month.

Girl Online centers on a 15-year-old who falls in love with a pop star. The sequel hits shelves in summer 2015.

Update: After much speculation, Sugg’s publisher confirmed to the Sunday Times that she “did not write the book Girl Online on her own.”

Sugg has since announced that she is taking a break from social media “because it s clouding up my brain,” she Tweeted.