Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
First published June 6th, 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
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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, 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?
I absolutely loved this! I was really excited to read this, but being about filming, I was also afraid I wouldn’t relate so easily with the MC. Well, I was wrong. I loved every moment of this story that made me cry all through the last 50 pages.
This is the story of Tash, a youtuber who, with her friends, created an adaptation of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The web series ended up going viral and she now has to deal not only with the good part of it but also the less nice ones like the haters and the pressure. She is also in the middle of trying to understand herself as an asexual person. She knows how she feels and what she wants, but how should she tell other people that, when she likes them?!
The asexual representation, in my opinion, is done well – I don’t have much to compare it to, but it felt real and genuine. We got to see her struggle to make people understand it, and for her to understand herself too. But this book had so much more to it than that! That was an important part, yes, and one of the things that made me want to read the book, but there’s so much more!
This book has some amazing friendships in it. I absolutely loved the characters’ interactions doing the web series, and especially Tash and her two best friends Jack and Paul. Jack is a freaking amazing character! They are all super different from each other, but you can totally feel their love, it was just so emotional! Also, I loved Tash’s family. They were amazing and it felt realistic and beautiful!
Being about youtube and art, this book also touches on themes like “hate”. There’s always someone that will take their time to be mean, there’s always someone that won’t like what you produce, and so on. And like we all know, negative comments always stay more in our mind, than the sweetest of them. And like everything else, that hate has in a lot of times, repercussions. So I loved that Tash managed to ultra pass that hate with her friends, and focus on the good things, like her love for filmmaking and all the fun they had while creating.
There’s just so much I want to say about this book! I loved so many things about it and the writing style is terribly addictive! There wasn’t much I didn’t like, I was expecting to see more of the Golden Tuba moments but, all in all, I loved this!
This is a book about friendship, family, internet life and a lot more! It’s quite a modern type of book, talking about everything that surrounds us nowadays. It has amazing characters and tons of emotional moments! I loved it and definitely recommend it!
Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!