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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,250 ratings  ·  1,021 reviews
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
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Emma Giordano
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 Tolstoy features 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
there were a lot of things about this book that were super dope!! asexual representation, most of all. (like seriously when do we EVER get an asexual protagonist in a YA book???)

also, the protagonist's family is (semi?) buddhist, which is dope. half vegetarian. first-, second-, and third-generation immigrants. there's a M/M couple. there's a late-in-life pregnancy. cancer representation. all around this book had a really unique construction for all its characters' lives, which was pretty enrichi
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
this was a cute, lighthearted book. not much really happened plot-wise as it mainly focused on tashs reaction to her new found fame, which felt like your pretty typical YA drama. but the writing was fun and fresh and the characters were relatable, which made for an easy read!

this was a buddy read with the lovely lola - you can find her review here!

3.5 stars
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 g ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 t
Trigger warnings: aphobia, parent with cancer, car accident (in the past), death of a grandparent (in the past).

Yeah, I stand by essentially everything I said last time. This is cute in an incredibly predictable way. Also, I 100% do NOT understand Tash's obsession with Tolstoy because I studied Anna Karenina in year 11 literature and it nearly killed me.

Total sidebar, but I really appreciated that this features a character having a dream university and having people be like "Girl, tha
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss but read a hardcover of it, so this is all from the finalized book.

WELL, Pride Month seems like a good time to finally move this review to Goodreads and let people know not to read this garbage book. tl;dr its ace rep is terrible and seeing it in so many Pride Month photos of YA books has been making me grumpy.

Is it that much to ask for more good asexual rep in YA? Of course not! I figured out I was aromantic
✨    jami   ✨
“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.”

Tash Hearts Tolstoy follows Tash, who, as the title suggests, loves Tolstoy. When the modern adaptation of Anna Karenina her and her best friend Jack are making for youtube goes semi-viral overnight and then is nominated for an award, Tash is suddenly thrust into the fandom spotlight.

This is a YA contemporary with almost everything I love in YA co
Zemira Warner
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 resear
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I 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 be
Emily Mead
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reasons to read this book:

1. Asexual protagonist (and lots of important conversations about being ace)
3. A web series that's an adaptation of Anna Karenina, which is amazing
4. Great, great, great friendships and families
5. Very excellent in general
4.5 stars

I 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
Helena (helinabooks)
This book was fine. It wasn’t spectacular, but I just wanted a nice contemporary I could read to take my mind off exams and this was a great choice. I feel a bit conflicted about it because there were things I really liked, but others that left me a bit meh, so I’ll try to explain myself as best as I can.

I don’t really know how I feel about the main character, Tash. Sometimes I perfectly understood how she was feeling and where she was coming from, but others I found her to be a bit i
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
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 cha
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)
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 c
Apr 12, 2019 added it
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DNF @ 100 pages

I really thought i was going to like this one - a book about internet fame with an asexual main character and (i think?) a f/f romance?? exactly up my alley

but unfortunately i just could not vibe with the writing. The writing was 100% telling and no showing, the dialogue and characters all seemed very stilted/fake and the scenes were very odd - they were all just a handful of pages and didn't flesh out characters at all to the point where half of those 100 pages i was like why is
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
* 1.5 stars *
note : this is an ownvoices story ( the author identifies as demisexual )
another note : this also happens to be an ownvoices review -- i identify as asexual like our mc, but i'm biromantic while the mc is heteroromantic. just saying.

tw : aphobia.

rep :
🎬 heteroromantic ace, semi - buddhist ( i don't know exactly how it works ) mc
🎬 gay indian side character
🎬 bisexual / pansexual side character



tash zelenka and her best friend jack harlow find t
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

Review to come once I have gathered all my thoughts!
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
To see full review click here.

I was really excited about this book since it was suppose to feature an asexual protagonist. And God knows, there’s hardly any rep of that in YA. The thing is Tash Hearts Tolstoy didn’t really work for me. And no, it wasn’t a representation issue.

Though, it’s not even mentioned that the character is asexual until about a hundred or so pages in the book, but that’s besides the point.

Why did I quit this book? Well, to put it bluntly I did not like the main character a
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 favourit
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
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
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forewarning: This is about to get personal and deep, so hang in there.

So I decided the other day at 1 in the morning that I would buy Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katheryn Ormsbee and boy, do I not regret it. I cried happy tears twice and teared up at the acknowledgments. Now, I have read books with ace protagonists before, but Tash … Tash hit home for me.

I felt so comforted and validated reading this book. Tash felt like I did. She was going through the same worries and anxiety I was. This sounds f
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
The 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 g
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
3.5 stars

An 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 life

Tash is also ace and is convinced that would ruin any future relationship prospects. I loved this exploration into her i
may ☆彡
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars.

I really enjoyed this read!! I was so close to loving it with all my heart as well, but... well, I’ll get to that in a moment.

I adored the plot of this book. It was different, and smart, and very funny. The main character, Tash, was hilarious and kind, but also selfish. She seemed like a real human being, flaws and all. And the Tolstoy aspect of the book was so witty and fun, I liked how Tash talked to him whenever she was feeling confused. It was comical but cute at the same time. E
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Kathryn Ormsbee is the author of books for children and young adults, including Tash Hearts Tolstoy and The House in Poplar Wood. Her novels have been critically acclaimed, translated into seven languages, selected for the Indie Next List and Junior Library Guild, and made “best of” lists at Amazon, BuzzFeed, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. She lives in Oregon with her wife and thei ...more

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