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After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, thAfter a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand 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 Thom Causer, 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?...

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tash hearts tolstoy Reviews

  • softlykaz
    2019-04-05 20:29

    okay but seriously, I need a heart on fire emoji to better demonstrate my passion for this bookReading this book was the equivalent of that feeling when you first step in a warm bath after a long day. It’s so crazy how you think your feelings and experiences are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read and it’s like out of all the words that have been knocking against your head, someone just reached out and simply snatched the right one.Honestly. I love this book more than I have ever loved anyone since I wrote a love letter to kim possible when I was 13 and hid it in a drawer thinking it’d somehow magically find her because I obviousy did not understand how the postal system works!!so what's this book about?Tash Zelenka runs a Youtube channel with her best friend Jacklyn, and they’re directing a web series called Unhappy Families – a modern adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, without much reflection on how much this would alter their lives when the web series gets a big signal boost from one famous Youtuber, making their views/subscribers shoot through the roofs overnight.This book covered a lot of important topics so without further ado, let’s delve into the many themes it touched upon!✨ CREATING ARTI love how this book highlighted the importance of creativity and letting your imagination run wild and the beauty of sharing that ingenuity with other people. How each and every single one of us is strong enough to contain exploding universes inside and when we explore that imagination through whatever creative outlet, we allow ourselves to really express our true self.But being a stimulated bolt of ingenuity almost always means simultaneously being a fallen heart always one finger away from doubts, insecurities and anxiety. Feeling that kind of inferiority is unavoidable, if not natural. Most people don’t start out as savants, and vision can always be greatly helped when you’ve learned all the techniques and theories and principles behind what you’re doing.Through Tash’s journey, this book emphasizes how diverting from a negative space to a positive one, and striving to create light and balance, blooming, watering your own flowers is always the best way to withstand the crushing sense of self-doubt. How your heart will feel lighter when you stop treating everything like a competition with strict deadlines for accomplishments; because ultimately, the only person you’re truly competing with is your past self. Everything becomes easier when you don’t put as much weight into outcomes or need the constant reassurance that others enjoy your craft. When exposing your creativity itself is enough and not what happens after, because what happens after that is out of your control and the best thing you can do is direct your energy into new things, into moving forward!✨ FAMILY AND FRIENDSOh my god. I love Tash’s friendship with Paul and Jack so much, their warmth and unwavering support for each other cancelled out the ac in my house!!I truly think those people who sit with you and help you rationalize all your negative thoughts and motivate you to become a better person and show you the potential you don’t see in yourself; the people who are open with their feelings and with whom you never need to filter your thoughts or edit yourself to be worthy of their affection; the people who are so committed to understanding every part of you, those who can read your sadness and understand that you really just need someone to lay with you on the ground and use flashlights to create dizzying patterns of colors on the ceiling (I loved that scene so much!!), those are the real angels of this world who truly deserve to be rewarded with happiness!!However, this book also does not shy away from admitting that no matter how strong the bond you share with your family and friends, it’s unvoidable that one day you get confronted by the fact that relationships are not always a balanced equation. They’re not always about giving and taking in equal shares. They’re not always 50/50. Some days, a person will struggle so you take it and you pick up that 80/20 when your loved ones need you. All relationships are grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.✨ COLLEGE & ACADEMIC SUCCESSAh yes, aren’t we all just cowgirls trying to lasso down authentic personhood in the wild frontier of post high school graduation identity??Tash’s experiences were so relatable. I was muttering “heck yeah” all along with ber because heck yeah, there will always be those who will try and impose tiresome mindsets on you, who will try and assign you a bundles of hand me down labels, downsizing your dreams and making you a character to fit into their perception. But you can’t keep tying your potential to train tracks and whenever that train comes, you let it crush you under insecurities’ wheels. You will rebel to the noise and continue your crafts. Your worth does not depend on which major you pick or which college you go to; it’s unconditionally infinite. The only thing we should all collectively strive for is a world where we can grow to our full potential and feel comfortable being completely ourselves, even when it doesn’t measure up to others’ perception of it or even our past selves’s expectations.✨ ASEXUALITY REPOkay, the main reason I picked up this book was because I heard the MC was asexual and I was so here for the representation! And I was not disappointed.This book had such a genuine and authentic discussion about asexuality and was so ambitiously highlighting the impact common microaggressions and stereotypes many members of the community face on a daily basis and just how exhausting dealing with them can be.I know not a lot of people understand asexuality. I know there’s a lot of confusion about it, about our experiences, and about how we fit in the movement. Most images and ideas the word conjures up for many is wrong and misguided, which is really unfair as it essentially demeans and erases people’s identities.But let’s talk about this. Let’s have this conversation. Let’s not invalidate any information simply because it does not match up with our perception of someone else, or aligh with our experiences and the lens in which we view things. Some people often think in terms of “you are either this or this” because the world around us is invaded with duality concepts which impelles everyone into a defined category. But truth is, most things in life fall onto a spectrum; the two extremes on the ends and innumerable variations in between. If one can only fathom two things at a time and deny the shades of gray in between, lecturing everyone into following a certain uncomplicated thinking, then it’s time they start working on the way they perceive life and people around them.I admire books like these becaue they open eyes to the struggles faced by marginalized communities and make people possibly rethink the discourse they use or the way they view certain individuals and social groups and nudge them to cross the distance and understand them, instead of dismissing their identities because they cannot relate to it.All in all, this book was so incredibly validating and I truly loved it. I cannot recommend it highly enough!BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR

  • Emma Giordano
    2019-04-04 17:19

    I really really loved this book! It is one of those books I could not stop thinking about every time I had to put it down. Such a fabulous contemporary that I would highly recommend!Tash Hearts Tolstoyfeatures a ton of unique elements we aren't normally exposed to in YA as well as featuring diverse characters:-Romantic asexual main character-m/m relationship-MC is a vegetarian (seriously, why do we not have more vegetarian/vegan main characters???)-MC is a Buddhist (was not expecting this but happy to see a different religion included!)-Follows a Czech family (this was particularly interesting for me because I feel we rarely see explicit cultural values from European countries in YA)- Unexpected pregnancy in the family- Parent suffering from cancerRecently, I reviewed a book critiquing how it represented creators on Youtube, commenting how most books featuring main characters who are "YouTubers" are extremely shallow and do not fully delve into the lives of creators.Tash Hearts Tolstoyis the only book I've read so far that portrays YouTubers to a "T". As this book follows Tash and her friends creating a web series, they talk of things like filming/uploading schedules, scripting, editing, doing multiple takes, set design, continuity issues, and ESPECIALLY the time spent interacting on social media/responding to emails. They also address online criticism vs haters/trolls, the need to "unplug", and the stresses/fears of having an online following. Despite that it follows a channel that goes semi-viral, it stays realistic in the respect that they don't have millions upon millions of views and new followers overnight. They make jokes of internet fame but still stay rational with their recent bump in viewership and I was so happy it wasn't over exaggerated. I was just really really pleased with the way this book approached having an online following and as of now, I'd consider it the best YA book featuring an "internet-famous" main character.I did originally pick this book up for the fact that it includes an asexual main character, and I wasn't disappointed. I've read two other books with characters on the ace spectrum, and I feel Tash Hearts Tolstoy was the most comprehensive. We are exposed to Tash's journey of discovering there is something different about her identity, doing online research, coming out to her friends, addressing how she's come out to her friends, and what I found most valuable, her dissecting her own insecurities related to her sexuality. Although it's not necessarily a novel focused on her sexuality, her being on the ace spectrum is an integral part of the story and I was extremely satisfied with the execution. I feel it also did a good job of expressing how ace folk are not a monolith and everyone expresses their sexuality in a different way. As a note, there is some aphobia in the novel, but I feel it is definitely not condoned and included as a way to debunk some common incorrect remarks about people on the ace spectrum. I also believe this is a really strong book when it comes to accurately portraying teenagers. Each character has their own goals and aspirations, their own interests and vices. They are now involved in a project with a ton of new online attention, but they're still just teens. They eat ice cream, they have pool parties, they stay up all night watching movies and having completely pointless conversations. It brought me back to my own teenage years and I felt it was a very real portrayal of teens during summer vacation.There are just a few small things I didn't like about this book:(view spoiler)[ I had a big issue with the argument between Tash/Paul. I felt it was extremely unfair on Tash's part; She blatantly projected her own insecurities onto a friend that had recently confided in her and placed a lot of words in his mouth that he never even suggested. There are points where it's addressed that it WAS unfair, but I can still be upset at it. I honestly didn't find a lot of flaws in Tash previously, but it was a decent blow to her character to see her treat a close friend so badly.(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[ I really didn't like the decline of Thom's character? His aphobia was honestly very shocking and unlike what we had seen from his character previously (I get that's the point, but I don't feel it was executed all that well). I think the stronger parts of Tash losing feels for him were rooted in things like how he blew off their lunch date with no explanation and the fact that he was pronouncing her name incorrectly. I wish the end of her feelings for Thom were more focused on factors like that instead of a huge blow out where Thom tells her that she made up her sexuality in such. Had there been an additional scene before that showed Thom to have some not-so-progressive/accepting views, I think I would feel differently. It was just very abrupt and not as great as I thought it could have been.(hide spoiler)]All in all, I really loved this book. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the summer, maybe of the year as a whole. It was basically very fun, exciting, and addicting. Would recommend to all you contemporary-internet lovers!

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-04-12 19:20

    Ooh this was such a cutely great book about internet fame! Of course obviously I read it in order to glean tips so I, too, can get like 50,000 followers over night. Did I get any good tips? HAHAHA HHAHA HAHAHA. No. But yet the book was absolutely adorable and funny and sweet, so that at least saves things. It also features an asexual protagonist. And also a lot of Russian literature. #NiceAlso I have to admit I'm not hugely into youtube. Although I do watch ||Superwoman|| because reasons. AND I did love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries vlog series, so I 100% imagined this as like that!!Oh and confession? Despite the book being called TASH hearts you know who can never remember her name? *raises hand* I legit was just scrolling through the book trying to find her name and now I feel like a waffle dead in a puddle of spoiled milk. Why wasn't I given a memory. WHO TOOK IT FROM ME. WHY IS LIFE LIKE THIS.Let's move forwardL I K E S• Internet appreciation. We gotcha youtube and tumblr and vlogging and twitter and HASHTAGS.• Also how it showed the internet is not ALL great news. I'm a book reviewer so hello yes I've experienced hate for just, erm, existing...(Like don't get me started on twitter-thread-hates on me earlier this year for calling a book sexist [which it was]...ah. Good times.) So I really related to that part and how the teens reacted and just the pressure of creating content + hoping people love it + anxiety if they don't + trying to figure out what to respond to and what not to. I think if you're part of ANY sort of artist-creating-content-on-the-internet community you're going to relate to this book!!• The friendships were SO excellent I cannot even. Like Tash has these epic BFFs from just down the road, Jack and Paul. They're childhood friends and just know each other 100% and it's so stinkin' adorable. I want a Jack and a Paul. Jack is totally the kind of person who will stab you with a spork and has no chill for kindness. And Paul is a ginormous adorable puppy who stole the show and is so loveable and dorky and sweet and fjakdslafd PAUL. TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD.• I loved the writing style! It's perfectly witty and bantery and also has times for the retrospective life. And it's just easy to be swallowed by. Nothing like a book to consume your face, obviously.• LOVELY PARENTS!! Woah. Will wonders never cease.•All the appreciation for the asexual-romantic representation! The only other (canon) asexual book I've read is Every Heart a Doorway and I'm so keen to read more. Asexuals are not mythical unicorns!! So Tash likes people, mostly aesthetically, but she doesn't want to have sex with them. Hence she HEARTS Tolstoy. And also, ya know...other people...*whistles mysteriously*D I S L I K E S• I actually liked Tash less as the story goes on. I think this is because I found her a liiiittle too controlling. She was pretty self-obsessed and like she does get called out on it!! And I'm NOT saying I want to read about perfect characters. But in the end she was frustrating me a lot and I just didn't really connect with her. However, I am Spock and am more likely to connect with your lasagna than you. So.• Romance was not my favourite. I mean, it was at the end!! HECK YES TO THE END. But I did find it a little too frustrating.• I did NOT get the point of her sister, Klaudie. She was the perfect child who started acting like an insufferable dead pincushion and I just wanted to hi five her in the face with my cereal bowl. She really had no reason to be a bucket of bologna.• It also took me a while to remember who was who. But I mean their vlogging cast had like 7 other side characters. Don't you go throwing more than 3 names at me and expecting things. FOR GOODNESS SAKES I COULDN'T REMEMBER TASH WAS CALLED TASH. And I thought Jack was a boy for like...ages. She's a girl. I also have no idea who was who in their vlogging cast still except George was an insufferable spork and someone else was a human. I think. IDK. I'm fishing for straws here. Help me. (I'm not good with names. Or people tbh.)ALL IN ALL: this is so definitely a book you need in your life! It's funny AND bittersweet at times and it's 5000% relatable if you, like me, are also trying to marry the internet. It features one of my favouritest sibling duos of ever whom I want to be adopted by immediately (AND PAUL ERMAGERD) and it was a most pleasurable thing to read. If this book was a waffle it would not exist because I would have eaten it. ** erm that was actually high praise. Shhhhh don't hate on my imagery.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-25 21:06

    I, too, heart Tolstoy... and that was pretty much my main reason for picking up this ARC. But then the story turned out to have an asexual main character, which was such a great surprise. Do you know how rare that is?!?!?Tash is a teen who's in love with Tolstoy and spends her free time creating a YouTube series with her friends that's a modernization of Anna Karenina. One day a vlogger gives them a shoutout and suddenly they're going viral with over 50,000 followers.Tash and her friends spend a lot of the story dealing with family issues (like cancer), shooting videos, and navigating new relationship dynamics. About halfway through Tash starts getting into how she's not sexually attracted to anyone, even though she's still romantically attracted to guys. Her confusion, despair, and frustration as she reflects on this was a really powerful part of the story: "...because how could I be a girl, when apparently all other girls were sexual beings?"Tash has been talking with a well-known vlogger online for awhile and starts to like him, but isn't sure how to tell him that she's pretty sure she's asexual. (view spoiler)[When they meet, he provides all of the typical idiotic comments that need to be called out, like how she's too young to know or how being asexual wasn't a thing until the internet told people they were. This part felt a bit forced, but had so many important points I didn't really care. (hide spoiler)]The author did a great job of depicting how much work goes into managing social media accounts, the atmosphere of a low budget film set, and the mentality of getting attention online. Everything seemed realistic and the characters totally felt like believable teens! And the Tolstoy references were another favorite part for sure. The story was pretty slow moving at times and did drag a lot for me, though, so that's why I took a star off. I cared a lot more about the characters than the actual filmmaking (which was a good chunk of the story). So if you're super into the YouTube scene, you'd definitely love this even more than I did!Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Emma
    2019-04-05 18:15

    I know we’re not even all of the way through the first month of 2018 but DAMN this has already been a fantastic year for me in books.I was a little nervous to start Tash Hearts Tolstoy, because none of my close friends had read it yet and I didn’t have any strong recommendations or endorsements to go off of. Also, I have yet to read Anna Karenina or anything else by Tolstoy, so I was also worried there would be too many references I wouldn’t understand. Mainly, I was REALLY hoping I would enjoy the ace rep, because I’ve read so few books with characters that I feel I can relate to and see myself in when it comes to that aspect of my identity.Our main character, Tash Zelenka, is the creator of a YouTube series called Unhappy Families—a modern-day adaptation of Anna Karenina. She’s an aspiring filmmaker whose world abruptly shifts when her amateur web series goes viral. Suddenly, she’s grappling with the stresses and responsibilities that come along with having a fandom, and struggling to balance this new pressure with her relationships with friends and family. In addition to all of this, she’s only recently come to terms with her identity as heteroromantic asexual, and she’s not quite sure how to tell her friends—or her crush.This book is so many things, but above all I feel like the word that best describes it is bighearted. Tash is not a perfect person by any means, but she is a good person who’s trying to juggle a host of responsibilities and personal problems while under a lot of pressure. Her story delves into a lot of discussions about friendship and identity and family and art, and I want to talk about how personal and special each of these was for me.FAMILY RELATIONSHIPSA grave is just a grave, and I don’t think Gramps and Nana are sentient ghosts who know we’re paying them a visit. But the memories I have of them—Nana’s goulash and early morning games of rummy and Gramps laughing harder than we did at cartoons on television—those are still alive, and they grow much brighter when I’m at Evergreen Memorial.I love the discussions of family dynamics, of reflecting on migration and legacy and responsibility. The relationships between Tash and each of her family members were unique and had a dynamic that felt realistic and full. This book captured family in all of its emotional complexity and messiness—from the guilt of growing up and growing away from parents, to the struggles of maintaining relationships with relatives abroad, to the love for people who have passed away that never truly fades.Additional rep to note: Tash and her mother are Buddhist! And this second one isn’t really diverse rep, but that means they’re also vegetarian, which is something that’s pretty rare to see in a book. :)CREATING ARTNo matter what happens in the future, we share this: We told a story together, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without each other’s help. No one else can share this part of our lives. No one else can fully understand it like the nine of us.Tash’s webseries, and all of the practices and planning and dedication that go into it felt like a really lovely portrayal of what it’s like to create art with people. Creating something with friends is harder than working alone in many ways, but it can be such a fulfilling and satisfying and emotionally bonding experience. You see all of the ugly and beautiful parts of who people are, and when it comes to an end there’s that weird nostalgia of knowing you'll never all be together in that same way again. Tash's arc also reflects a lot on the pressure to create consistently, and how frustrating and unsustainable it is for a lot of people.COLLEGE, AND THE NUANCES OF PURSUING AN ARTISTIC CAREERThis is sort of an extension of the “creating art” subject, but I loved that this book also dealt with how artistic aspirations factor into making decisions about college. Tash is incredibly passionate about pursuing filmmaking, and she’s spent years planning out her future around attending the prestigious film program at Vanderbilt. Over the course of the book, though, she has to reconsider that plan, and try to think about the smartest approach to her future. I feel like so often these types of conflicts and arguments are oversimplified and reductive, because in reality it's a really complicated situation. And I don’t say this to try to be a downer, or criticize anyone who does get that opportunity. But speaking as an aspiring writer who’s majoring in Global Studies and currently working as a publishing house and agency intern, pursuing an artistic career is NOT a linear process. I know it sucks to have adults telling you to make more financially secure decisions and think about more sensible career options beyond just creating art. Still, they’re right. You can’t assume you’ll find success easily, and if you’re really dedicated to your art you HAVE to have some pragmatism and realism to go along with your confidence and determination.ASEXUALITY“I know what I want and what I don’t want. I’ve never wanted sex. Never. I’ve never understood why it has to be in every book and movie and television show ever made. I’ve never figured out why porn is such a huge thing. I’ll be find if no guy ever takes his shirt off for me. I’m not scared. I just don’t want it.”The ace rep is the main reason this book meant the world to me. While Tash’s orientations may not line up precisely with mine (I identify sort of loosely as gray aroace as well as bisexual), Ormsbee has done a superb job of capturing what it’s like to question and come to terms with your own asexuality. It’s scary and liberating process, one that’s plagued by periods of intense self-doubt. So much care and nuance went into describing Tash’s experiences, and I was able to see so many of my own feelings in her.The comparisons between coming out as gay and coming out as ace had some pretty spot-on observations, too. Because yeah, asexual people don't face as blatant prejudice and discrimination as most other queer people, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t also marginalized. Tash acknowledges that she's privileged because she's straight, while discussing some of the problems she does encounter as a heteroromantic ace. Belonging to an identity that is systematically erased and ignored (even within the queer community) has its own set of microaggressions and problems that are often difficult for others to see from the outside. I wonder if it’s too much to ask for a pass into an alternate dimension, where it’s just not an issue. Because stuck in this particular dimension, I wonder if I’m only ever going to be a disappointment. A not-quite-right human. A girl in need of fixing. Trying to come out as ace is frustrating and exhausting to the point that I often don’t even want to bother telling people because I know they won't understand. Even if they are open and considerate, it still involves the emotional, uncomfortable labor of explaining something that is immensely personal, of having that pressure on your shoulders to explain it perfectly. It's trying to speak up about something that's an innate part of who you are, and being brushed off—either because people think it's a confused phase, or because they think your orientation is some kind of abstinence advocacy. Being ace/aro also means feeling erased in your own community, and having to endure the hurtful ignorance of people who go around claiming that the A in LGBTQIAP+ stands for "Ally". (Quick recap in case you need one—allies aren't a part of the queer community!! Ace people are!!!!) I talk about being bisexual on here all the time, but one of the reasons I don't bring up asexuality as often is because I worry about these things. Bisexuals have enough problems with misconceptions, but in my experience, it's even worse for ace and aro folks because of how lower our visibility is.Basically, Tash’s story meant a lot to me, and I hope lots of other people will feel the same way while reading. This is a warm and wonderful book that felt very lovingly written, and I’m so so SO grateful for its existence.update: please go read em's lovely review as well!!! this book was so special for both of us and I'm very happy we got to share this reading experience ❤ ❤ ❤-------------- hello, my asexual ass is here and ready to be representedbr with em 💙

  • Romie
    2019-04-09 17:19

    Okay yes, but what now? How am I supposed to go on with my life with no more Tash, Paul, Jack and Unhappy Families? It's a serious question, I'm telling you.It was only my second book with an ace MC, and fuck, give me more. I'm 100% there for this content.First thing you need to know about me : I'm a real Anna Karenina trash. Like if you could see the way my first copy looks right now you'd feel horrible for it and probably would want to sue me. My copy looks like it has been read way too many times, like I threw it in my bag without even caring, like I've dog-eared almost every page . . . So yes, Leo Tolstoy is an author I deeply admire, and Tash was just so me. She loved Anna Karenina as much as me and it was nice, really nice to read about.It may sounds weird to you, but both Tash and I loving this book made me feel like I had a connection with her, and I automatically loved Tash Hearts Tolstoy. I immediately knew I would end up being obsessed with it - like I am now - and that I would love every single character - except one who can go to hell I don't care. Like, want to know what the first paragraph of Chapter One is? This first paragraph was written for me. I'm telling you. I didn't need to know more to love this book. That's how it worked.Here is the first thing you should know about me: I, Tash Zelenka, am in love with Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. That is his official name, but since he and I are so close, I get to call him Leo.Tash is probably one of the characters I identified the most with. Except for the fact she's asexual and I'm bi, I have a really hard time trying to find something we don't have in common.She's clearly suffering from the younger child syndrome : not confident enough in her capacities, think her sister is prettier and smarter than her, think she's not taken seriously, keep everything to herself.She's afraid of what's to come, and I know she didn't explicitly said it, but she is : when someone says to her face that she's not good enough to go to her #1 College it feels like a punch in her stomach and she immediately starts thinking people don't have faith in her.“I guess I mean I always feel like I’m . . . waiting. Waiting until I get older so people will finally take me seriously and I can do what I want.”And maybe it's more accurate to say she's afraid of negativity, because she's not good at dealing with it : when she receives a really bad comment on Unhappy Families, she starts thinking non-stop about it until her brain absorbs it as the truth even though it's not. Negativity doesn't do her any good.But you know what? She has every right to be afraid. She's just starting to figure out her identity, what it means to her to be romantic asexual. And it's scary af. It's a gift when you know from day one who you truly are, when you don't have figure out your sexuality. And at first she's confused, everybody but her thinks she's aromantic asexual, and it's not simple for to explain exactly how she feels. But in the end, she learned to stand up for herself and that was so beautiful.“I don’t need any guy out there to tell me what I’m feeling is real. The only reason I told you is because I was trying to be honest with you. Not because I want your opinion on whether I have legitimate emotions or not.”Some of the side characters were pretty amazing - I'm looking at you Paul, my bae, my sunshine, my precious son - and some were huge assholes. Let's be honest, I had no sympathy whatsoever for Klaudie, Tash's big sister, she was mean for the sake of being mean and wow she needed someone to hold up the mirror in front of her to see how bad she was. I'm glad this someone was Tash.Then there is Jack . . . I'm conflicted, because she was a pain in my ass, some people would call her a Ice Queen bitch, but I have a sister who is the exact same, who doesn't show her emotions, and it doesn't mean she feels nothing. But it's true that Jack wasn't afraid to say the harsh truth.But Paul is one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much, seriously. He's a constant presence in Tash's life, always by her side, and the way he makes her feel safe is just everything. I have to admit I imagine as a human puppy, because he's precious ^^I also really enjoyed all the filming scenes, probably because it's Tash's element and you can see how happy and proud she is of her webseries, it's her very first love and will always be. Sometimes I had the feeling Tash was more invested in Unhappy Families than she was in her own life, and yes I know this webseries is part of her life, but it's not ALL there is. And I'm glad she realised it.If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads,then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts- LEO TOLSTOY, Anna KareninaDo yourself a huge favour, and read this book.P.S. : if you haven't read Anna Karenina, and maybe would like to read it after this book, or just one day, I have to tell you that THT spoils the end. Now you know :)Around the Year in 52 books 2017.38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature.

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    2019-04-05 20:25


  • Vitor Martins
    2019-03-31 00:14

    Logo de cara eu me apaixonei pela personalidade da Tash e acompanhar a sua jornada foi muito divertido. Esse foi o primeiro livro com protagonista assexual que eu li e essa história é tão importante. Achei muito honesta a maneira como a autora criou essa adolescente de 17 anos que é ace. Todas as dúvidas sobre isso que eu tive como leitor, foram explicadas atrás das dúvidas e conflitos que a própria Tash tinha. Nenhuma informação é jogada na nossa cara como um artigo de wikipedia.A sexualidade, apesar de importante, não é o principal tema em Tash e Tolstói. Acho que essa é uma história muito mais sobre crescimento e amizade. Se você lê bastante YA, já deve ter lido QUATROCENTOS LIVROS sobre crescimento e amizade, mas as relações descritas aqui são tão, tão reais. A amizade da Tash com a Jack acontece de uma maneira muito "olha, estou puta com você mas a gente é amiga então vamos resolver isso juntas porque não quero ficar brigada, mas QUE FIQUE BEM CLARO QUE ESTOU PUTA COM VOCÊ" e é assim que eu lido com todas as minhas amizades. Foi bom ler personagens que, como eu, dosam bem o drama nos relacionamentos HAHA.Com uma escrita muito boa e madura, eu imaginava uma autora mais velha. Quando li na orelha que ela nasceu nos anos 90, fiquei surpreso e ao mesmo tempo compreendi como ela conseguiu retratar a adolescência moderna tão bem, com personagens tão bem construídos. Tash e Tolstói também fala sobre família, relacionamentos entre irmãs, expectativa e realidade na hora de conhecer um ídolo e aquela sensação estranha que bate quando a gente não sabe se está apaixonado de verdade.A edição brasileira conta com um glossário sobre sexualidade no final, uma tradução muito boa e uma capa original LINDA (nas cores da bandeira Ace, AMEI????). Leitura mais que recomendada!

  • may ➹
    2019-04-19 18:05

    I’m honestly super torn over how I feel about this story. It was cute, had great ace rep, and talked about the amazing INTERNET, but it was also slow, almost kind of boring, and just ?? I DON’T KNOW. Something huge was missing for me, but I really don’t know WHAT.L I K E S- ACE REP!! There is DEFINITELY not enough ace rep in YA and it was so refreshing to read a book with that. I feel like it was done very well (tho I can’t speak from experience), and the reactions to the fact that Tash is ace were realistic too.- I love Paul. (Actually I don’t remember if that’s his name but we’re calling him Paul okay.) He’s just so sweet and kind and supportive and dorky and just ?! Love him.- There are great female friendships in here! Or at least one, between Tash and her best friend. I think her name was Jack???? They had their fights, sure, but it was realistic.- They talked about the internet. I love when books have a lot of internet-life in them because it’s RELATABLE. I go on the internet every day??? Plus it was great to see the negative side of the internet (aka the trolls) that usually doesn’t get talked about.- The writing voice/style was easy to read. I mean, YES sometimes the MC got annoying, but overall I think I read everything pretty quickly and it was enjoyable enough.- It was cute. I can like cute stuff.D I S L I K E S- THERE WAS A LOVE TRIANGLE. It wasn’t obvious to Tash because The Female Protagonists Are Always Blind To A Close One’s Love For Them But Doesn’t Recognize Their Own Feelings For Said Close One And Instead Pines After Some Random Person,,, BUT IT WAS OBVIOUS TO ME. And I was so frustrated. I hate love triangles.- It dragged. And it was slow. And it was boring. There were some really pointless parts of this story that could’ve been cut out. It was sooooo looooong and it didn’t need to be!! - Tash was… kinda annoying. I don’t know what about her was annoying, but definitely something with her personality?? I DON’T KNOW. Sometimes I cared about her, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I liked her, and sometimes I just didn’t.- I also had another issue with it, though I really don’t know what it was??? Which is why this rating is so ODD. Because I did enjoy the book but something was just… off. Missing for me.Even with all my dislikes, I still think it’s a pretty good book! Definitely not AMAZING, and definitely not enough for 3.5 stars as I’d originally rated, but still okay. Cute story. Cute characters. Read if you want, I guess.

  • Kate (GirlReading)
    2019-04-05 21:18

    4.5* Tash Hearts Tolstoy is the kind of book that's impossible to put down. It is so easy flowing that, before I knew it, I found myself almost finished, having to force myself to stop reading because I had to 'life' instead. There were so many aspects to this book that are unfortunately not all that common in YA and I loved them. It had a cast of characters with various religions, sexualities, upbringings and individual stories. The MC was asexual which was fantastic to read. This gave such a great insight into a sexuality which is so often overlooked. I think my favourite part of this book was following Tash's journey of discovering and coming to terms with her asexuality, it was written in such a natural way and intertwined with the rest of the plot with such a brilliant balance. I also absolutely adored reading about her relationships with her family and friends (especially Paul, oh how I adored Paul!) As someone who's on YouTube a lot, it was so much fun to have that as such a prevalent storyline and all the different elements that were touched on within that. I loved that it wasn't presented in a wholly negative way and instead showed how much work can go into creating, no matter how big or small your channel may be!Overall, this was such a lovely read. It touched on so many individual topics, in a way that created a comfortable, easy read but one that was also incredibly informative and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would without a doubt highly recommend it.

  • Ava
    2019-04-01 19:19

    Edit, based on reread 6/14/17 - YES, 4.5 stars. TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY is an incredible, fluffy addition to YA that I know many readers that love SIMON VS or ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS will fall in love with. This book features a cast of realistic characters that you'll adore in some parts and relate to in others. Tash, our main character, is asexual, and this book adds much needed representation in YA that I loved to read about. Even though the book does not exist as an info guide to asexuality, I think many readers will learn things they didn't know before, and even more importantly, asexual teens will see themselves represented. Although I am NOT asexual- I'm arospec- I loved reading about this ace teen, and it helped me and my identity feel accepted, too. The plot, with the TV series Tash makes based around Tolstoy's works, was engaging and new. I'd never read a book with a story like that, and I loved it. I loved the characters, as I mentioned before. I adored reading about a character who had a passion that was obvious. Tash LOVED Tolstoy and loved making her web series, and it was apparent. That passion made it more interesting to read about, because everyone has passions - it made Tash herself relatable and interesting. Each character felt unique and real. I also adored the family relationships in this novel. In real life, family is a huge thing, but in YA, we don't see that very often - and that wasn't the case here. The friendships were also amazing - I loved Tash and her best friend together, as well as the scenes with all of the friends and actors/crew/etc. The writing was good, simple without being boring. It fit the story perfectly, and kept me reading. Overall, I am going to be recommending this to everyone I know. I can't put in words how much I adored it, although I attempted. This is a much needed addition to YA, and literature in general, and I can tell it's going to do so much. I don't have anything negative to say about this book - I loved it.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-04-05 00:09

    Trigger warnings: aphobia, parent with cancer.4.25 stars.I was SUPER excited when I heard about this book. Like...a YA contemporary with an asexual main character that's coming out of a major publishing house? WHAT IS HAPPENING I HAVE TO SCREAM FOREVER AND EVER. So obviously, I read it pretty much straight away. And it was cute. Super cute. I highlighted decent chunks of it, and I'm not a highlighter when it comes to books. The ace rep is good. The characters are fun. The story was compelling. I liked the writing. It made me want to rewatch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The romance side of things was adorable, and I loved that it went out of its way to emphasise that asexual people CAN STILL HAVE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS. However. It was...predictable. Like, I really really enjoyed it. But I also knew pretty much everything that was going to happen well before it happened. Especially where the romance was concerned. So...yeah. (Also, I really wish it had been mentioned way earlier how her name is pronounced. But that's a pretty minor niggle)

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2019-03-30 21:08

    OMG! A book about an asexual character?! GIVE IT TO ME, RIGHT NOW!Finally! I'm not alone in this world! I've only read one ace YA book so far. Don't even know if there are others out there. I'm so glad these books even exist.*after reading* One of the biggest surprised of 2017 has been Tash Hearts Tolstoy. It has so much heart I honestly can't give it anything less than 5 stars. As an aro asexual individual, I'd like to say most of the things Tash said were spot on. Ormsbee really did her research or she's a fellow ace herself. She sheds light on things like attraction; both mental and sexual, most common misconceptions of what it means to be ace and the shit we have to go through on the daily basis. Google is your friend. Asking questions is important! Don't just assume things about people! No one's experiences attraction the same.

  • Emily Mead
    2019-03-30 18:18

    Reasons to read this book: 1. Asexual protagonist (and lots of important conversations about being ace)2. SO MUCH INTERNET3. A web series that's an adaptation of Anna Karenina, which is amazing4. Great, great, great friendships and families5. Very excellent in general

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    2019-04-15 21:21

    Full review originally posted on my blog: Word WondersI got this book when it first came out and was super excited to read it but then arcs and responsibilities and OTHER books got in the way and I only got to it four months later. Oups? Anyway, better late than never, right? So I finally read it and I gotta say, I’m not exactly disappointed because I still really enjoyed it but I was underwhelmed. I don’t know what exactly I expected but this wasn’t exactly it and that is alright because it’s still an important, good, quick read.The writing isn’t really the kind I like to read, it didn’t pull me in, it was there, it was simple -sometimes too simple for my taste, there wasn’t anything about it that really retained my attention which to some extent is okay because I didn’t hate it either. There were a few bits about it I really liked, some sentences that were really well written and struck a cord but not enough for me to ignore the unnecessary descriptions and the telling rather than showing. That being said there were a few things about it I straight up disliked. Not in the structure but in the word choice.First, it was the ableism. Words like crazy, insane and stupid were thrown in there way too much for my liking (and my liking is zero, or as close to zero as we can get). And second, the language that rubbed me the wrong most is of this kind:“Paul’s a guy, and… and I’m a girl. I still like guys.”Jack is very quiet. “You like Paul?”“No, that’s not what I said. I mean you don’t have to talk like I’m sone sort of… robot”So. Yeah. Aromisic language right there my friends. Like? Not experiencing romantic attraction doesn’t mean people are robots? And that was just the one that struck me the most but I felt like some parts of the book weren’t very aro-friendly. To be honest, at this point in life, I’m just very wary of picking up books with alloromantic asexual representation because of this type of things.Tash hearts Tolstoy is very character driven, it follows Tash while she tries -and fails many times- to navigate overnight fame, new feelings, and her sexuality and I gotta say that eventhough at some points there’s NOTHING happening I really really enjoyed how the story unfolded especially with Tasha messing up so many times, it was genuine and realistic because fact is, teenagers don’t have their lives together as they are so adding new changes is bound to need some figuring out before things fall back into place. She fought with people she cared about, understood that things don’t always turn out the way we want. It was, in my opinion, all around true to the teenage experience.Besides Tash, I felt like the characters needed a bit more depth, they were a bit two dimensional. I didn’t *like* Tash as a character but I appreciated her, she was authentic, messed up quite a lot, turned selfish and self-absorbed when fame hit but that made for great character development material which the author didn’t fail to use by having Tash realize her mistakes, learn from them and do better. At the end, I can say that I started liking her and the decisions she made a bit better.Now to explain why the other characters fell flat to me. Jack, one of her bestfriends, is depicted to be this rude ass person to EVERYONE with no real reason whatsover and like, that’s all she was, there was no other side to her and I don’t think that’s how people work? Especially since she’s not a mean or bad person, she just felt really caricatural to me. Paul on the other hand, is the complete opposite, such a sweet soft guy (whom I loved by the way) but here again, I needed there to be more to his character. I also felt like his relationship with Tash needed a bit more work done to be more believable.The only character I truly hated is her sister Klaudie, she was just egocistical and truly awful to everyone, especially Tash and their parents and I disliked how by the end everyithing just sort of slided back into normal without her ever apologizing for her behavior.All in all, this book has good and bad in it but it still is an important book because asexual rep is pretty rare so I’d recommend reading it especially if you’re looking for that.

  • Aleksandra
    2019-04-01 23:29

    Splendid and engaging contemporary for all your contemporary needs!Tash Hearts Tolstoy is a story about Tash Zelenka, who's producing a web series modern retelling of Anna Karenina with her friends. Prepare for light-hearted and realistic story, full of production shenanigans, self-discoveries, focus on all kind of relationships (with parents, siblings, friends, coworkers etc)Tash is the protagonist. She's ambitious, determined and very passionate about filmmaking. She's well-crafted complex character. It was great to meet her and I think we'd be friends in real life. Also Tash is romantic asexual. The story isn't centered around Tash's asexuality, it's a prominent element of the story as much as it is in Tash's life.I liked the whole cast of secondary characters.Jack and Paul are the greatest and my faves. I loved Jack's stoicism and composure, Paul is literally fluff impersonated. Without going in too many details, both of the multi-layered characters and aren't here in the story just as props for Tash's ascend into greatness and fame.I enjoyed discussions about art and life, future and career prospects. The author has managed to talk is her characters about lots of social and family issues, seamlessly weaving it into the narration.Special kudos for focusing on Russian classics and talking about Lev Tolstoy. Recently Russia hasn't had such great rep in the media because of our current politics and I just want to say we are not our government, we have rich history and culture and we aren't in our entirety bad guys, to put it simply. Having a book like that out here is very important to me.The pacing of the story is wonderfully done, going from scene to scene, from topic to topic very smoothly. The main conflict and its resolution felt natural. You know, sometimes the author gives us the "necessary" drama just for the sake of it. In Tash Hearts Tolstoy everything feels like a logical consequences of previous events.Although, it took me about hundred pages to get really invested into the story. When I got familiar with the cast and the major plot lines, I was 100% in and I struggled to put the book down to do adulting and such.If you're thinking that Russian literature and its modern adaptation isn't your thing, worry not. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is first and foremost about Tash and her life. Thoughtful and endearing coming-of-age story.Highly recommend!

  • Stacee
    2019-04-10 17:27

    4.5 starsI love love loved the premise of this book and had seen a few people gushing about it, so I was wary about it. I really liked Tash. I loved being in her head, even when she's maybe being neurotic and super type A. I really enjoyed reading her struggle to figure things out --which sounds weird, but it was realistic to see it. Jack and Paul were fantastic and their friendship was one of the highlights for me. Plot wise, there were parts that were a little slow. I didn't quite care for all of the technical film parts, even though they were interesting it was still a bit boring. {Does that even make sense?} There are a lot of threads to this story, but it never felt like too much or overwhelming or unnecessary. For me, it was the characters who carried this book. I couldn't do anything but root for them. Overall, it was a great story with character growth and excellent representation. **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Kay
    2019-03-31 00:15

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review. Tash Hearts Tolstoy excels in its representation. The YA community has been hyped about this book for quite some time now. The main reason is the fact that this book features an established asexual character. There is no reading between the lines, this chapter is ace (pun intended). In fact, the word asexual is mentioned eleven times in this book. This is the kind of rep the asexual community deserves. The conversations surrounded Tash's sexuality are *very* true to life. They are conversations that I have found myself having almost verbatim and the feeling of seeing that rep on page is unlike any other. There are a few throwaway lines that made me a bit uncomfortable but in general I do not think they detract from the overall experience. Oh, and one thing no one mentions is there is confirmed bisexual rep.Despite enjoying the rep I strongly believe that this book suffers from pacing issues. This may be primarily because this is mainly a character driven vs plot driven novel, but I found myself feeling generally very apathetic and willing to consume this more slowly as opposed to something I wanted to read in one go. I found that the plot dragged up until the conflict and then just kinda sputtered along until then. This book is however, perfect for fans of Tolstoy as there are a number of references to his life and work, particularly Anna Karina. In addition, this book relies on a particular trope that I desperately wish would die. It just needs to die. Turning to the characters: I didn't like any of them. I love the representation but the characters themselves were, for the majority of the novel a bit bland. The novel centred a lot on Tash while the supporting and side characters seemed far removed from the periphery so much so that while they were central to the plot i don't know if I got a sense of their personalities. I constantly confused the side characters. I felt like they were just names on a page as opposed to fleshed out characters. However, this is definitely an opinion that may change as I ruminate on the novel some more, having just finished it under an hour ago. Overall, I enjoyed Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I would recommend for anyone looking for positive and more importantly, accurate asexual rep.

  • Jill
    2019-03-28 16:08

    *3.75Review to come once I have gathered all my thoughts!

  • rin (lorenzo)
    2019-03-24 00:11

    dnf @ 50% because the mc is obnoxious af and i don't like the story also ace representation feels icky but maybe it's just me~~~~(i fucking hate leo tolstoy tho)

  • Eric Novello
    2019-03-27 20:06

    Às vezes é importante nos vermos representados em uma história. E às vezes é importante ver pessoas próximas de nós representadas nessas histórias, já que a literatura ajuda no exercício de se colocar no lugar do outro. "Tash e Tolstói" segue o que chamo de literatura do cotidiano: eventos do dia a dia que vão simplesmente acontecendo, sem que haja um grande inimigo a ser vencido, fim do mundo se aproximando ou coisa parecida. Mesmo o objetivo final da história - no caso: viajar para a premiação da Tuba Dourada - não é tão importante quanto os relacionamentos que o livro vai construindo. Apesar de ter personagens legais, o destaque mesmo é a protagonista Tash: > Ela é assexual, e é interessante ver o modo como ela lida com isso e como a reação das pessoas a afeta. > Ela é uma das criadoras de uma websérie de sucesso - na verdade, o sucesso da websérie acontece logo no comecinho do livro e é o que coloca a história em movimento - então precisa lidar com fãs, algo bem específico da situação dela, mas também com exposição na internet, haters, comentários escrotos, o que é algo comum a todos nós.Comecei achando que seria só uma leitura agradável, não sei se por minha causa ou pelo começo do livro mesmo. Mas no fim achei um dos young adults mais divertidos que já li. Tá na categoria Young Adult mais pro Y do que pro A, e também na categoria "nada de choro e desgraças pesadas", embora existam problemas sérios a serem enfrentados aqui e ali pelos personagens.Então se esse é o seu tipo de livro, fica a recomendação. De bônus, você ainda pode ver Tolstói de testa franzida todos os dias na sua prateleira.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-07 21:19

    This book was soooo cute. It was adorable and funny and *sigh*Tash Hearts Tolstoy follows Natasha “Tash” Zelenka and her friends who become famous overnight. Tash is obsessed with Tolstoy and decided to create and direct a webseries that retells Anna Karenina in a modern way. After a famous Youtuber gives them a shout-out they find themselves going viral with 40,000+ new followers. I loved all the supporting characters. But I’ll admit it took me a while to figure out who was who. I feel like all these characters were mentioned within a few chapters and I was lost for a little too long. But when I finally got them all straight they were great, especially Jack and Paul, siblings and Tash’s best friends. Tash, Jack, and Paul’s friendship is definitely one of the best parts of the book. Paul and Jack are complete opposites, but both amazing and precious in their own ways. (Paul is literal sunshine.) Like these are the friends you wish you had.There’s also a lot of focus on familial relationships. Tash’s parents were amazing, like YA is sorely lacking from great parents. Tash’s dad is a chef so obviously he’s my favorite. The whole reason I picked this up was because the main character is asexual. ( I. Am. Here. For. It.) Tash is romantic asexual, and she struggles a lot with this when it comes to terms of what it means for her and future relationships. She’s insecure and confused about her sexuality and hurt when other people doubt that asexuality is real. (The A in LGBTQIAP stands for Asexual wtf.) While the story isn’t technically about her sexuality it is a big part of it. I loved how the author made a point to explain what being ace meant for Tash specifically because obviously it doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. FYI, there is aphobia here, but it’s never condoned and it’s mostly stereotypes and misconceptions when it comes to asexuality.Also I’ve heard that this is one of the most accurate representations of Youtube. Like having a channel and all the work that goes into it, or keeping up with social media accounts, and what to do when that hate starts to roll in. So if that interest you definitely try this! Bottom line, this was really great. It’s very relatable and funny, all of you should check it out.

  • Lucie
    2019-04-01 00:13

    This book means the world to me. I want to cry because it's the first time I've felt close to a representation of my sexuality, because I'm demisexual and so many of Tash's experiences were similar to mine. I loved how Tash said Tolstoy was her 'dead Russian boyfriend' and how she talked to her poster sometimes. I loved how she was a vegetarian and sometimes ate snacks because there was no vegetarian options. I loved how she had a YouTube channel where she drank tea and talked about her favourite classics adaptation. I loved how she was lost about her sexuality, as I still am and want to cry about it. I loved how she created a webseries adapting Anna Karenina. I loved how she made me feel valid.I am so grateful this book exists and it might not be perfect but it has such an important place in my heart. Full review to come.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2019-03-31 22:20

    3.5 starsAn adorable and fluffy read about unexpected online fame after starting a web series. There are so many ideas here that I found relatable as a blogger:- how more followers affects your craft- dealing with online trolls- meeting online friends in real life - sharing the love for what you do with others- meeting your blogging inspirations- vloggers online vs in real lifeTash is also ace and is convinced that would ruin any future relationship prospects. I loved this exploration into her identity and what it meant with her interaction with friends and other guys, as she learns, everyone's experiences with being ace are different.All the side characters were also adorable, especially Paul and Jack who are Tash's best friends. I loved Jack's cool indifference to most things, even though she could be annoyingly emotionless at times, she tempered the fire in Tash. And it definitely didn't mean she was less passionate about the web series.At a certain point, Tash meets a famous vlogger who kept on getting her name wrong, despite having watched her vlogs (where she pronounces her name). I've had this before and it really grinded on my nerves! There are 7 actors who are a part of the web series, and each and every one of them had their own quirks. From the one who is a jerk but is great at acting, to the very professional and the ones with an unexpected talent, I thought it was really fun exploring this. Check out Happy Indulgence Books for more reviews!

  • Clara
    2019-04-15 22:23

    You can read my full review on my blog.(...) Here we are. Sure, I wasn’t in the best mood to read it and yes, it is cliché and Tash can be annoying and not many things happen and you don’t really see her vlog and stuff but it is important. I know it helped many people and I hope it’ll continue to do so. It is a very simple, yet beautiful book that now has a very special place in my heart.I am so glad I read it, well I am glad my friend Lucie pushed me to read it, and it will stick with me for a very long time. So thank you Tash for taking the time to chat with me and making me feel loved, welcomed and normal. Tolstoy would be proud of you.

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    2019-04-02 22:14

    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.3.5/5"Sex is a normal part of life. We're all sexual beings." And all I could think was, Not me, why not me.When I asked for recommendations of books with asexual characters, my friends really did help me out. This is just the first I'm reading of them and I fully plan on reading more at some point.This book, basically, follows Natasha (who goes by Tash) Zelenka and her rise to fame. Along with some family, friend, and romance problems. I'm not a YA person in the least, so most of my complaints stem from that aspect. I think that this book offers great representation for a little talked about part of the LGBT+ community. Hell, I thought the A in LGBTQIA stood for "ally" until I was in high school and realized that I'm ace.At times, this book felt like reading a textbook about asexuality, especially when Tash went on her angsty rants at her friends for not understanding her or it. There were times when I cringed over those rants. I mean, I've known I was ace since I was 15 and I'm 21 one now. When Tash just went on and on about the differences between sexual attraction and physical attraction, or sexual attraction and romantic feelings I just wanted to shout because I know all of this. There were some acephobic characters in the book, reflecting common beliefs and thoughts people have about asexuality. So, for someone who is open to the ace community and doesn't know a lot or even perhaps holds some of those views, this is a great introduction.For the romance, there wasn't too much. It was hinted at and gradually introduced throughout the book. Tash and Thom's relationship was sweet until it wasn't, which I can't discuss too much because of spoilers. Then, full disclosure, there is a love triangle. It's not disgusting or in your face and full of insta-love, so thank gods for that, but it was there. Didn't annoy me and I sort of enjoyed it. It wasn't horrible.The characters, at times, didn't feel fully fleshed out. Probably because there were a lot of them and most were background characters. Tash, for me, was annoying sometimes. I didn't hate her, but she wasn't my favorite. It was just all the angst that did me in. There were also things -- such as her vegetarianism or Buddhism -- that were great to toss in, but it didn't add anything to her character. Probably because I know quite a bit about Buddhism and, well, it didn't ring quite true to me.As for the plot, it was good but wasn't the best. I liked it when it was purely about the YouTube series rather than her relationships and friendships. I'm just so past high school by now that it usually annoys me when all of the characters are obviously in high school. It shows good writing by the author, but, for me, it comes down to personal preference. I love conversations about identity, but ones that are quiet and honest rather than angsty shouting matches.What I'm left with is a book that I liked but didn't love, and one that I would recommend but I wouldn't read it again. Certainly better for people around the ages of the characters and for people who don't know a lot about asexuality.

  • Immacolata
    2019-04-02 19:14

    4.5 stars!I'm not that kind of person who rates a book high just because of diversity.If the book 's going to represent something it should do it really good.THIS book?This book is a blessing from book gods to their ace worshipers!Tash,the MC,is an ace teenager who LOVES Tolstoy and makes a web series,with her bestfriend Jack,that is calledUnhappy Families.Unhappy Families is adapted from Tolstoy's book,Anna Karenina.This book is not only AMAZING at representing asexuality,but the way that shows the good and bad sides of the internet,how there are always people who don't like things you share,rude comments etc. is so real.and then we have an unexpected pregnancy that i loved how it came in the story and how it was talked about the problems about,I never thought of this kind of unexpected pregnancies in books.In the meantime we read really real stuff about the fears you have about starting university,worries you have while having someone with cancer,problems having with your own sexuality,friendship and… all of these are SO well written,SO GOOD.what i want to say by writing a review for this is that is not hard to have a story idea,it’s hard to write it and make it believable.Kathryn Ormsbee knows how to write.and it's not only her style but is the way that she gives different dimensions to every character,how she KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS the things she's writing about and wants to represent.The only reason this is not a five star book is…(view spoiler)[the fact that Jack and Tash think the reason Paul is in love with her is so easy to understand cause they were friends since childhood and they should’ve expected it!i mean,you can be really close with someone since childhood but not loving him in that way,just because you were friends for a long time doesn’t mean you should’ve known it!Even if in Paul’s case it was obvious he loves Tash :D (hide spoiler)]Read this book,you really need this in your life;and i hope you enjoy it as much as i did :)

  • Alison
    2019-04-05 17:08

    2.5 STARSThe more I think about this book, the more I don't care for it.First of all, I can't get over how unrealistic this book is. As someone who has been making youtube videos for almost two years, I was expecting to appreciate the effort shown by a vlogger in a book. Instead I felt cheated. First of all, our main character makes it fairly clear her family doesn't really make much money and that she only works a part time job in the summer. That being said, where on earth did she managed to get a camera, lighting, MIC, etc, without much money? I apparently need to learn something here because that stuff is so not cheap at all. Especially when you have basically just started your channel. On top of that, they have not one, not two, but several talented UNPAID actors. Who were not her friends to begin with. Who had to audition for their parts. Does this happen in real life? I've never heard of that. The hate comments too were well too thought out to be real. Have you seen youtube hate comments before? They don't tend to be well thought out paragraphs and they usually just focus on people's looks. Besides the unrealistic youtube stuff, their were "plot twists" or whatever you want to call them here, that felt just throw in for "shock" purposes. They didn't really enhance the storyline and I felt it could have been way better without them. Saying all that, I was able to block out a lot of the unrealistic things and focus on the story and characters. I did really like the characters. I felt we really got an understanding of what they were like and each showcased their personalities and talents differently. I couldn't help but love them. There is a romance aspect though and it fell flat for me. You can predict what's going to happen a almost immediately. While I can't say much on the asexual representation, I felt for the most part the main character's thoughts and emotions mirrored a lot of experiences I've heard asexual peers talk about. The overall actions happening though didn't feel very positive and it didn't really feel like a happy ending kind of book which worries me in a way. I feel that might send a negative message.Overall, I was able to suspend most of my disbelief and I was able to enjoy the book. It was quick paced and I really enjoyed the interactions between Jack and Tash and Paul. What a great trio honestly. But I felt I could have skipped out on this book and been pretty okay with it.

  • Jenna
    2019-03-20 19:31

    This book is me. In almost every sense of the word. I'm so incredibly grateful I got to read it five months early!!! What don't I love about Tash? I think my only criticism is that the author references revealing the gender of a baby instead of sex. Otherwise, I'm pretty content. Was the love interest obvious? Sure. Was it a little cliche at times? Maybe. Do I care? To quote my dear friend Ingrid Michaelson, HELLLLL NOOOOOOAs far as ace rep, this book did AN AMAZING JOB! Now if you're aro/ace it may not be the same for you, but I saw myself in these pages. Also it was great bc it made me imagine what I would do in Tash's shoes. Her fiasco with Thom is literally something I think about on a daily basis. What would I do in her situation? Probably the exact same thing. I just pray I never get a response like Thom's. If you are not ace and you felt like Thom did, or even to some extent Jack and Paul, plz check yourself. We aces are not robots. Also if a guy ever told me he'd rather hug me than be with anyone else I'd probably just swoon and cry a little. I am a combo of Tash/Jack. Heteroromantic ace, repressed emptions, vlogger/YouTuber, Nashvillian. You couldn't write a book that caters more to who I am than this. I loved every second of it!! I felt so well represented and the whole thing drew me in. I fell in love with all of it. Wasn't a huge fan of the baby twist and I wish we didn't have the cancer plotline, but otherwise I enjoyed it a lot!!! Thom kinda made me wanna claw my eyes out, but we all knew it was her and Paul in the beginning anyways. KATHRYN KILLED IT

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-03-29 20:07

    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds3.5 starsTash Hearts Tolstoy was a perfectly lovely, diverse read with epic friendships and awesome parents (!) that I probably should have loved a lot but instead... I'm kind of swaying on that thin border between love and like and hoping I don't fall to my death on someone's torch or pitchfork. Because yes, this book had lots of awesome things that I loved but it also had things I had issues with and that make me wail in agony because I wanted to adore this book. But I just kind of loved it. Which makes me sad.I really want to start out with saying that I really enjoyed the writing and it was super easy for me to get into. I have had the author's other book Lucky Few on my TBR for a while now but have never gotten to it, which I should probably fix asap. Especially now that I've read this book because her writing is really my style and I've heard good things about it so what am I waiting for really? For my TBR to shrink down to a reasonable and managable size? Because that's never going to happen ever. Nobody should expect their TBR to do that because it's a hopeless cause. This review is the perfect example because I'm giving you another book to put on yours. You're welcome.Another win in this book is the diversity because there's a lot of it! Tash is asexual, which is AMAZING, because I need more ace rep in YA. Being of the ace spectrum myself. But there's also a teeny tiny gay romance in the background which I honestly would like to read about more?? Maybe we can have this book from their perspective? YES PLEASE. Also I'm 99% sure Tash is biracial too. And her dad is a chef. This doesn't really relate to diversity except for the diverse foods that are eaten in this book, which, let's be honest, is very important diversity as well. Food is important, people. It's nice to see people in books actually eat.We also have a very accurate rep of the effort it costs to maintain a blog/youtube channel and handle the social media, especially the trolls. Because it's a LOT of work and there's a lot of mean people out there in the interwebz. I'm lucky enough to not be famous and popular (*cries*) so I really haven't experienced that side of things myself but I know others who have and I see it a lot. It was nice to see that it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine for Tash and Jack.Speaking off, I loved the friendships in this book a lot. I am a big fan of positive friendships in YA and think books need that more. Like a lot more. Jack and Paul are siblings and Tash's best friends and they were the best. I loved Jack, who is not very good at the emotional stuff but that kind of made her adorable in my eyes? I know, weird. Paul is the most precious of everyone and I just wanted to cuddle him. Also awesome parents. YAY. Yes please! I loved Tash's parents. Her father is a chef. I mean... Obviously I love him.BUT HERE IS WHERE THE TROUBLE STARTS. Because while I did love Jack and Paul and their sibling bond is the best thing ever... I didn't really love Tash herself? Like... I liked her and stuff, but she was so frustrating sometimes and I didn't really think she changed all that much? Also I spent like 80% of this book pronouncing her name wrong in my head. It wasn't until she explained how to do it to another character that I found out myself. WHAT IS THIS. MY LIFE IS A LIE. (view spoiler)[I also kindly want to stab Thom with a rusty spork for the comments he made when Tash told him about her asexuality. Like no. No dude. Just stop. Go fling yourself through the window. Please and thank you. (hide spoiler)]Also the cast of the web-series was not THAT big but I did get confused sometimes keeping them all apart? But I didn't have trouble with the two guys that end up being an item because of course I wouldn't get confused by those two. I still vote for this book to be rewritten from their perspective and also released like next month or something. That'd be lovely.Aaaand unfortunately I wasn't into the romance the whole time. It was kiiind of a love-triangle that I didn't like and found frustrating until the third person was out and it was just the main ship and they got their act together. So I liked the romance at the end. But up until then it was just... nope for me. And sometimes things got a bit too dramatic and I don't like unnecessary drama, people. You know this.And lastly, I didn't really see the point of Klaudie?? Like... yay for sisters and siblings and all but what was the point of her? WHY did she suddenly act all stupid? Just to add more drama to the story because if that's the case... Again, unnecessary drama + me = no. So yeah. I didn't really see the point of her being there. Sorry?Overall I did really enjoy this book a lot. I even mildly and cautiously loved it. But I had issues with it that stopped me from really loving like I wanted to. I still thing you should read this if you're a fan of YA Contemporary AND especially if you're a youtuber/vlogger and very active on social media and the likes. Because this might just be super relatable to you. And also yay ace rep because we need more of this! So go read this book at your earliest convenience.