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Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships t ...more
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Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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    Kelly
    This is so nerdy and delightful. If you love gaming, stories where brown kids at the main characters, sweet romance, and a real exploration of the insidious nature of trolling, this is your perfect read.

    Elyse Alba
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely love this book and the message it sends out! D1V is a great main character strong fierce everything I love in a female lead. Beks made the story more down to earth and realistic. He story line was perfect for the story! I also loved how the author portrayed a women's struggle while still showing how awesome some guys can be. It was a perfect mix highly recommend!
    Mary H
    Jun 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
    GIVE ME THIS NOW.
    Paula  Phillips
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

    When I saw this book title on my Kindle Paperwhite, I figured it had something to do with Social media hence the word 'comments' in the title but wasn't 100% sure of what the book was about since I get hundreds and thousands of books to read and review. In Don't Read the Comments we delved into the world of two gamers - one a female gamer who has her own Glitch channel stream and lives for the sponsorship to help pay bills and survive as she comes from a single mother household and her mum is al
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    Celia McMahon
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to review this title in exchange for an honest review.

    Well, folks, I found gold in the sea of garbage. Ok, that's harsh, but I have been reading some subpar novels lately and this one came at a good time. I've come to realize how much of a sucker I am for any sort of boo, involving video games. Ready Player and Otherworld are up there with my top favorite books ever so I guess that says a lot.

    On one side of the tracks we have Div, a popular streamer from
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    Brenna Clark
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you so much to Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book! I have been following Eric Smith ever since I saw him at a book festival, and the way he is so down to earth and into the online community spoke volumes to me, and I knew from seeing the synopsis to this novel that it was going to be very genuine. I had been counting down the days for an ARC to be released, and I loved it more than I knew I could. The storyline is so here and now. It feels young, honest, and real. I haven't seen ...more
    Joanna Bennett
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    There is definitely some great topics talked about in here and I don't have much complaints about it.

    Review to Come Closer to Publication Date.
    Corinne Morier
    I really wanted to like this one. I really respect Eric Smith as a literary agent (and goodness knows, he is good at his literary agent job). I suppose I was thinking along the lines of "Since he's a literary agent, he'll probably be able to edit his own work just as well!"

    Nope. It's like book reviewers (most of them) being able to see the flaws in someone else's writing yet not being able to apply what they say to the books they themselves write. (I could technically do a whole video
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    Erin
    Yay! I received an ARC of Don't Read the Comments from Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada), in exchange for an honest review :D
    Zoe Perzo
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Eric Smith's Don't Read the Comments is a gripping and sincere novel, following Divya and Aaron, two very different teens who connect over the massive online game Reclaim the Sun (a No Man's Sky style universe exploration game). Divya is a famous Glitch streamer who uses her income from sponsorships to help her mother make ends meet. Aaron, whose Honduran mother and Palestinian father want him to be a doctor, would much prefer to make a living writing video games.

    During streams, Divya (D1V) sha
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    Molly Mason
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    **Thank you to Inkyard Press, Eric Smith, and Netgalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

    Divya is a high school student who spends her time on Glitch, a gaming website where she is an influencer. She has thousands of followers and plays the game, Reclaim the Sun, a space exploration gaming program. This is her income as she attempts to support her mom financially through grad school after her father leaves them to start a new life. Divya is known online as D
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    Steph
    Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Mindy
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    **Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    Honestly, I don't really know much about the gaming community, but I'm glad I'm not part of it. This book gives a good perspective on the life of a gamer, whose life contrasts greatly to her gamer persona. Divya is a strong girl, who is financially barely scraping by with her single mother. She games with her best friend Rebekah and together they battle against online haters who target th
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    Teri
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I may not be a gamer (unless you count playing the Harry Potter Lego game on my old Xbox 360), but it's not a prerequisite for understanding and enjoying this book.

    So many important issues are addressed in this story - online safety, internet trolls and bullying, and doxxing, to name a few.  Divya is a victim of online harrassment, which is a criminal offense.  What happens to her is frightening - but what's worse is things like this happen every day.  The haters are out there, folks
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    Carro Herdegen
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: kiss-the-book
    Language: R (142 swears, 43 swears); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13
    For Divya, video games aren’t just for fun -- streaming for her channel and sponsorships help her and her mom pay rent. Even though she has been very careful not to put personal information online, Divya is being attacked by trolls both online and in real life. How do you fight back against anonymous and dangerous foes?
    Smith raises a lot of issues through this story that we all need to be more aware of, includin
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    Jen
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Internet can be a cesspool, which can make navigating comments, and occasionally life, a bit dangerous in Eric Smith's Don't Read the Comments. 

    To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.

    Divya is better known as streamer D1V, where her Glitch streams playing Reclaim the Sun have gotten her some celebrity status and a following known as the Angst Armada, as well as sponsorships that help keep her and her mother afloat. Aaron enjoys gaming and watches D1V's st
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    Rachel
    Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    A timely and impactful YA novel about gaming, life on the internet, and fighting back against abuse.

    For video game streamer Divya, AKA D1V, video games aren't just a fun release or hard earned skill--they're a means to pay the bills for herself and her single mother. And her successful Glitch stream means her mom can finish her degree and they can still pay the rent. But when a group of trolls begin an organized hate campaign to terrorize her off the platform (and in real life), her mantra of "
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    USOM
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Don't Read the Comments is a story that even after finishing makes you want to immediately start again. Whether it be the YA book shout outs, our mutual love of enamel pins, or Divya's love for her mother, you will want to jump right back in. I read Don't Read the Comments in one sitting because not only are there moments of tenderness and hilarity, but it's emotionally gripping.
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    Sandra
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Note: I read this as a free eARC from Netgalley. Divya or as she's known in the gaming community D1V as she plays Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game, as if her life depends on it. Maybe her real life does not, but real life would suffer much more if she didn't have the income from her sponsorships for playing the game. Virtual life and real life takes a curve when Aaron Jericho enters the picture and finds Aaron finds himself on the same remote planet as D1V, the famous gamer. They ...more
    Vinny
    Thank you Inkyard Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


    Jennifer
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Net Galley, for this opportunity!

    I"ll admit that I'm not a gamer and didn't understand 95% of the tech talk in the book... but I still loved it! There's the development of a romantic relationship but it happens online - and it's completely believable and sweet. I was surprised by the amount of hate directed towards a girl because she plays a game online and films it... guys were telling her
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    Nicole
    Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
    I received a free copy from Edelweiss for an honest review.

    It's rare to find a male author who just gets the female perspective. It can be scary out there as a female; Smith perfectly portrays the female experience and how it feels to be attacked by strangers who are emboldened by the anonymity of the internet. He also touches on the topics of female empowerment, friendship, trust, internet safety, and bullying. The characters are relatable and I found that I truly cared about the ou
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    Elyse Alba
    Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I absolutely love this book and the message it sends out! D1V is a great main character strong fierce everything I love in a female lead. Beks made the story more down to earth and realistic. He story line was perfect for the story! I also loved how the author portrayed a women's struggle while still showing how awesome some guys can be. It was a perfect mix highly recommend!
    Nicole
    Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Review to come soon!
    Amanda Yates
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Adults and teenagers alike need to read this book!!! It is an amazing tail of what your actions can start and who it can touch. It definitely needs to be a must read.
    Katie
    Sep 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs-to-read
    My rationale for requesting this arc is pretty much limited to "hey, I recognize that guy from twitter," so let's see if that strategy pays off
    Suzi
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I am totally not a gamer so at first I didn't think I would find this book to be interesting. But I actually enjoyed it very much. A good book for anyone to read, gamer or not.
    Jami Engel
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I love Eric Smith! I listen to him on Book Riot's podcasts constantly and I think he is such a joy hear reviews and suggestions from. This book was a 4.5/5 for me and it had a lot of personal connection to my life. My husband is an avid video game player and I recognized and laughed at all of the Twitch and video game references and TOTALLY just get it. It was hilarious and Smith's voice just shouted through the pages for the entirety of the read. It lost a half star because the ending fell a ta ...more
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    Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Elizabeth, New Jersey.

    His Young Adult books include the Inked duology (Bloomsbury), the anthology Welcome Home (Flux), The Girl & the Grove (Flux), and Don't Read the Comments (Inkyard Press).

    His first non-fiction book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013. It was an Indiebound bestse
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