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Virtually Yours

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Modern love plus online anonymity is a recipe for romantic disaster in this lighthearted new romance from the author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love.

How bad can one little virtual lie be?

NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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julia ♥
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
read my full review on my blog: here
"How bad can one little virtual lie be?"

It's no secret that 2019 has an amazing line-up when it comes to to-be-released books, but a good chunk of those include some diverse contemporary romances with amazing covers. Virtually Yours, then, is no exception. When I got an ARC for this, I couldn't wait to get started reading this!

What is this book about?
Virtually Yours follows college freshman Mariam, who just broke up with her (now) ex-boyfriend Caleb. Both goin
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
4.5 Stars
The older i got, the more I realized I chose optimism. I chose it despite the odds stacked against it, despite living in a world whose currency was much more deeply rooted in cynicism and irony. It wasn't because I was weak and naive; it was because I was strong enough in my convicitions that the world could be all right anyway."
I honestly fell more in love with this story and with Miriam the more I read it. It was constatnly surprising me and just brought me so much happiness!

Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
This is another YA contemporary set in college that is releasing in 2019. I think the concept sounds like it has the potential for lots of interesting drama. I am not sure that I have read a book that features online dating . Looking forward to finding out more about this one!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Based on the description, I wasn't really sure how Virtually Yours would work for me, but I sat down and read this cover to cover almost all in one evening (I stopped with fifty pages left because I have to work UGH).

Mariam's narrative voice is fantastic, and that's what drew me into the story and kept my attention. She's punny and silly and loving but also makes bad choices in a way that's really understandable and kinda relatable. Despite all the lying she does within the pages, she has an hon
Mary H
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Way back in 2015 I came across a book called Three Day Summer and I was instantly hooked on how Sarvenaz Tash tells a story and the characters she creates. I knew immediately after finishing it I was going to eagerly anticipate all her releases and I wasn’t wrong. I have been waiting for something new since 2016
This was a quick and easy read, but it's more a coming of age story than a romance. Which is fine, of course, but it wasn't what I was expecting so that threw me a little.

I liked Mariam a lot, but the deception with regard to Caleb went on too long and then their storyline got dragged out even further when I was much more into her friendship with Jeremy. But as I said, this isn't really a straight-up romance and Mariam's doubts and feelings did feel accurate for her age and what she'd been thro
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Mariam had NOT been making the most of her freshman year of college. This was a time for her to try new things, meet new people, and start looking towards her future. But, she was doing none of that. Instead, Mariam was floating in and out of each day, missing opportunities, as she nursed her broken heart. With encouragement from her roommate, she signed up for a virtual reality dating service, which just so happened to match her with the source of her heartache - her ex, Caleb.
Apr 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
OH GOD I WANT THIS NOW. Talk about a situation you've been in!
Steff Pasciuti
Honestly, I feel like Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash had a pretty interesting premise and a fantastic start. Overall, I was really enjoying the read as I began. After a little while, though, I began to slowly lose interest until I realized that I didn't actually care about any of the characters in the story. Virtually Yours follows Mariam Vakilian, a Freshman at NYU as she navigates the world after her breakup with long-time High School boyfriend, Caleb. In an attempt to move past her first lo ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was super excited to have been approved for this title on Netgalley. I read and loved Sarvenaz Tash's The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love back in 2016, and absolutely loved it. It was super geeky and nerdy and was all about Comic Con, which is one convention I've always dreamed of going to (besides BEA of course, which I still haven't gone to!).
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

I've been a fan of Sarvenaz Tash since her debut novel, Three Day Summer. Virtually Yours sounded so unique, I was very eager to read it. Mariam is a freshman at NYU still dealing with the heartbreak of breaking up with her high-school boyfriend, Caleb. She's finding it hard to move on from the relationship, so when the opportunity arises to give virtual dating a try, she takes a leap. This all sounds like a great idea until one of her three top matches turns out to be Caleb. She decides to
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of Virtually Yours from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was just released on June 4th.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about Virtually Yours, but I did have a lot of fun reading it. I liked it a lot and breezed through it. I liked the characters and all of the new friendships. I especially liked Mariam and Jeremy’s friendship the most. I liked the relationship Mariam had with her siblings and I liked the Iranian culture that was included in the s
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
*Thank you so much Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing me with an eARC of this to review.
DNF- at 52 percent
I will be reviewing this because I did read over half of this book and I did skip around some after the halfway point to see if I wanted to try to finish.

Virtually Yours follows Mariam, a NYU freshman, during her first year of college. Mariam feels pressured to find a new relationship that will be more successful than her previous one that ended in unexpected heartbreak
Susie Chavez
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you had the chance to start your relationship over again, would you? In a fun, futuristic world very like our own, Mariam does just that. Be ready for twists and turns befitting a Hallmark movie - you won't regret it.
Anna Priemaza
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
VIRTUALLY YOURS is such a fun, heartfelt, introspective story. I got swept up in Mariam's complicated love life, realistic family, lovable friends, and sometimes questionable decisions, and finished the book in a single day!
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book based on two main things. One that is realistic in nature of college students. Two that it is culturally diverse a reflection of our society. We love who we gravitate too regardless of where they come from or how they look. Virtually Yours is a wonderfully fun book that older young adults will enjoy just as much as 16 to 18 year olds.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-arc copy of this novel.
Kailey (kmc_reads)
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Thanks to the publisher for my free copy. This was a cute, YA rom-com. If you're not a YA fan, I'd skip. Was it predictable? A little (ok, a lot) but the story was enjoyable overall and a quick read. Interesting look at online dating/virtual reality dating. YA romance fans will enjoy this one.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell head-over-heels in love for this college-set YA. Virtually Yours is my favorite kind of contemporary story: it's hilarious, heartwarming, and beautifully real; from the first page to the last, I felt every emotion alongside Mariam, and I completely related to her dilemmas, whether she was trying to move on from her first love or enjoying the nervous excitement that comes from discovering someone new. Her voice is utterly endearing.

Each relationship in the book felt true to me, from the te
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Virtually Yours is pretty much the platonic ideal of a rom-com: fluffy, funny, and full of great characters.

In the great tradition of rom-coms, the fancy premise is mostly window-dressing for a traditional story where a girl has to pick between the ex that she’s still hung up on and the boy-next-door (or next-dorm in this case). In the process, Mariam finds herself and positively develops all the other relationships in her life. The story is exactly what you want it to be, and Tash executes it p
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
VIRTUALLY YOURS was a fun, fast, and sweet read. It didn’t give me fireworks or butterflies, but it was still a solid YA romance.

Mariam Vakilian is a freshman at at NYU who has a coupon for a virtual-reality dating service called HEAVR. Her high school boyfriend of three years broke up with her, and she is ready to try out something new to get her mind off him. After going through the initial questionnaire supported by HEAVR’s happily ever after guarantee, Mariam sees her results: her #1 match
Laura Gardner
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What did you like about the book? Mariam is an Iranian American college freshman at NYU who signs up for HEAVR (Happily Ever After Virtual Reality) from a free coupon given out at orientation. She's never tried online dating let alone virtual dating, but after seeing her ex-boyfriend Caleb's newest profile picture on social media, she decides it's time to try to move on. Then one of her three recommended matches is Caleb -- despite the fact that thousands of people are in the database and he liv ...more
Jenny {So She Tries}
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, may-reads
Virtually Yours centers on Mariam, a freshman at NYU. She and her high school boyfriend had broken up five months earlier, and as our story starts she's heading into HEAVR, a virtual reality dating company, to see if she can find a match.

Lo and behold, she ends up matching with her ex-boyfriend Caleb (he's one of three choices).

She ends up choosing him over the other two, because Mariam is still incredibly hung up on Caleb. We all know this is catfishing, except Mariam has convinced herself tha
Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of this!

I honestly don't have much to say about this book. Not in a bad way, but I just generally found it...fine.

The story follows college freshman, Mariam who has decided to embrace the world of virtual reality dating that has cropped up recently. After going through the entire matching process, it turns out that one of her options is Caleb, the ex boyfriend who broke her heart 5 months earlier. So, as any logi
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had read and enjoyed Sarvenaz’s other books and I was intrigued by this premise, but it was a little bland for me.

I liked Mariam well enough. Her inner monologue sounded much younger than her age, but she does grow in the story. There is an excellent group of secondary characters and they’re all so supportive. I especially loved Mariam’s roommate, Hedy.

Plot wise, it was all about the VR dating thing and that got pretty stale pretty quickly. I would have loved to see the friendships fleshed o
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
i think this book could've cut out the whole VR dating angle and just focused on the main character trying to navigate college and grow up. now i did find the VR idea very interesting but mixed in with the catfishing and the overall ethical issues, i think it would be left explored to some darker, Black Mirror-style book and not in a young adult book.

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Josh Newhouse
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19june
I am really torn because I had high hopes for this book and it kind of met my expectations and kind of did not. It was a fast breezy read and that was good... I wanted to get a little more there there... there was not enough time to really get to know the characters and the premise never really had time to hit its stride... the satire of society and of online dating and technology likewise had so much potential but kind of fizzled... I would like to have seen more exploration of the darker side. ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

This is an original teen romance, as it’s hard to find a comparable book. Maybe Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Mariam decides to try out virtual reality dating, and when she’s paired with her ex boyfriend who dumped her at the end of high school, she decides to try out dating him without him knowing it’s her. She also finds herself having a strong connection with her coworker. The story took a little time to really amp up as Mariam really seems to be wasting away her
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok

+Jeremy. I liked Jeremy and how he admitted both his feelings and to the (view spoiler). He was open and caring.
+Side characters. Hedy and Rose may have pretty much soundboards to help Mariam with the problems but at least they weren't annoying.

-Story. The story was bland and fizzled out after the first few chapters.
-The ease at which the catfishing was forgiven and moved past. At least Marian felt guilty for it...most of the time.

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Sarvenaz Tash is the author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (an Amazon Best Book of the Year, YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers), Virtually Yours, Three Day Summer and The Mapmaker and the Ghost. She was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, which means she got to spend most of ...more