Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

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From the author of Lucky Few comes a "refreshing" ( Booklist , starred review) teen novel about Internet fame, peer pressure, and remembering not to step on the little people on your way to the top!

After a shout-out from one of the Internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families , thrust in the limelight: She's gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina --written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the 40,000 new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr gifs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash's cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL--if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she's romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do ?
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481489348
1481489348
9781481489331
148148933X
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm

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miraellie
Sep 20, 2017

Not bad, but it didn't seem to know what it wanted to focus on, tried to do too much, and fell flat as a result. It also felt overly long because it was so aimless. Unnecessary drama felt a little forced at times.

The last part of the book did make up for a lot, though I wish the first and middle parts had lived up to it.

laurabrary Jul 13, 2017

I absolutely adored this book! I didn't want it to end because I didn't want to stop hanging out with Tash and her friends. I loved Tash--her passion, intelligence, authenticity (particularly in her efforts to articulate her asexuality), and occasional (totally relatable) awkwardness. Kathryn Ormsbee created a really special and unique story that was impossible to put down.

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

If you’re searching for a charming, intelligent, feel-good novel with a protagonist you can’t help but love, this one’s for you.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 25, 2017

What a delightful feel-good book! I loved that it was about artists, friends, growing up, changes, being okay and not okay; such good topics and themes that were well done and properly discussed. I learned a lot about asexuality, which was described very well through the eyes of the main character, Tash. At points, the drama was a little high-school-y, but I feel in love with Tash, Jack and Paul. Their dynamic was great and they were complete characters. Also, I loved the modern aspect of it, with social media, the web series, and all of the tech. It was as if it was set in the real world! Sometimes YA stories isolate their characters from those conveniences and I liked that they were central to this story. It was a feel-good book and I highly recommend it.

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Sep 29, 2017

kthssn thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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