Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | Book Review

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | Book ReviewTash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Friendship, Romance, Clean & Wholesome, Computers & Digital Media
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781481489355

From the author of Lucky Few comes a quirky 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?

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee was actually quite good. I mean, okay y’all I wasn’t expecting it to be bad or anything. It just surprised me a little with how much I enjoyed it. This book is the first book I have ever read about a character who is ace (asexual) so I did not really know what to expect. What I got was a superb story about friendship, finding yourself, and yes, a dash of romance and characters that I simultaneously adored but also wanted to help.

The book follows a teenage girl named Tash who has a web series kind of like the Lizzy Bennett diaries that focus on modernizing the story of Anna Karenina. Her web series is called Unhappy Families. Tash Hearts Tolstoy follows what happens when that series goes viral, is nominated for a Golden Tuba award and when Tash meets her internet crush, a guy whose name I forget because well, I do. Anyways, the book also deals with Tash trying to figure out where she’s going to go for college. Her relationship with her sister is going through some turmoil as well.

Tash is pretty awesome. She is so driven. Granted, her grades are not stellar. Still, she’s passionate about directing. Plus she has her own personal Youtube channel where she drinks tea and talks about books and other things. I still just totally adore her. It’s great that she loves classic literature so much. I also learned a little bit about asexuality from her. I 100% don’t know if it’s all accurate, but given the love this book seems to be getting, I think that speaks volumes for it.

Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy is so readable and interesting. I’ll admit that after reading this I wanted to pick up my unread Tolstoy books and give them a shot. Tash is smart but not pretentious. She’s allowed to make mistakes, and hoo boy does she make them. Plus, the scenes with her best friend Jack and Jack’s brother Paul are great. I absolutely rooted for Jack throughout this book and am really glad that I prioritized reading it. When time is a precious commodity, sometimes you need to rank books in order of priority. This one is worthy of that high priority reading.

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