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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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 ...more
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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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.

Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, fun read!
First of all, I love the title and the theme for the book. People can be so cruel, especially online where they're anonymous and reading the comments only serves to infuriate me. The message in this of just being yourself and try not to worry what other people think you should do or be is awesome. If you can surround yourself with good people, the haters won't win.
The story was fun, I liked the relationship Divya and Aaron built. It was slow and sweet and felt real.
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!
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
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.
Mary H
Jun 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
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.
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Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

The author
Julia Ember
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of Eric Smith’s books. It is unabashedly nerdy, and a love letter to games, gaming culture, writing, online romances and friendships ... while at the same time never shying away from the true to life toxic underbelly of the mmo world. The romance in this book is super cute, and unfolds mostly in a series of gaming sessions and app messages. Divya is a pro gamer with a huge following (go Angst Armada!), and Aaron is a casual player with aspirations of writing RPGs.

Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ms-appropriate
I am sure I would've liked this book even more if I had even one ounce of interest in video games. Even with my zero interest, I appreciated this well-written book, and I'm sure students will love it.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is basically a perfect YA book.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sooo good. Review soon
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 on that.
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)
Madison Lessard
Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advance digital copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

While Don’t Read The Comments wasn’t 100% for me, I try to approach every ARC I’m lucky enough to read pre-publication without being influenced too much by my personal preference. This is sometimes difficult, because reading is an inherently subjective activity, but it’s important to me that I make a thorough evaluation rather than just saying, hm, it wasn’t for me.

Beth Cato
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

Don't Read the Commends is a YA book that is incredibly timely, realistic, and well done.... but wow is it a hard read at times. Frankly, this book is a horror novel about what the internet and social media are like for women in this era of Gamergate and trolls. Don't get me wrong--I loved the book and I am absolutely adding it to my shortlist for the Norton Award for next year--but I also pushed through reading it as fast as I could because
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 D1V, and is
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 them for some
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, including how online
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'sDon't Read the Comments.

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Divya is better known as streamer D1V, where her Glitch streams playingReclaim the Sunhave 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
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
Katie Mac
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From a gaming standpoint, I think this book does a good job of conveying the seriousness of online trolls a la Gamergate. The terror and anger I felt while reading the harassment Divya and Rebekah went through was palpable, though Divya's ultimate resolution seemed like she was giving up, conceding to what her harassers wanted. The romance was also pretty well done--Aaron and Divya's relationship was a nice, slow
Sharina Welch
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for providing me an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

With aspects of Ready Player One with some Kasie West, I would recommend this book to fans of both.

I loved this book. I read it while at work and my friend turned to me and said, “I kind of want to read it based off your reactions.” I was laughing, gasping, I think I even said, “Oh no they didn’t” once.

Divya uses the online game, Reclaim the Sun, as a way to earn money to support
Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: Don’t read the comments by Eric Smith (3.5 stars)

Don’t read the comments by Eric Smith
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This story is told in alternate POVs and I felt that it was very relevant to the current day and age. I love that we get a gamer girl as one of the protagonists and an aspiring game
Kelcy Davis

I loved that this book included diverse characters, discussed current issues, and put forward the idea that good will triumph against the trolls. Divya faces some serious harassment online that quickly impacts her personal life. She's struggling to support herself and her mother. She is an incredibly strong character who continues to do what she loves until she doesn't love it so much anymore. She ends up fighting back to prove that she won't give up, then stepping back after she's won to
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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 bestseller and has sold into