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Play It Again

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…

When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look No
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2019 by Carina Press
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☆ Todd
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok

*Le Sigh* I really wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. : (

I've read a few YouTube star stories before and was pretty entertained, but here, although several things happened, very few truly "exciting" things made their way into this book.

Instead, I found myself feeling as though I'd inadvertently stumbled into an informational seminar on how to deal with becoming an Internet celebrity, both the good and the bad.

With a bit of romance on the side. Which bored me and made me anti
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 why the fuck does this keep happening to me stars

Aww man, I really wanted to like this book; but since I really did not want to read pages upon pages of texts exchanged, a litany of apologies for everything and anything (which honestly was annoying as fuck), and an instruction manual to how to "YouTube", I loathed it.

At least I tried eh? Even if I did skim through the last 45% of it.

anna (readingpeaches)
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There are books that have great blurbs, absolutely fantastic sounding blurbs and then. They just. Disappoint you in every possible way. This is one of those books.

TL;DR (like I wish I could have done with this book): this is more a (boring) how-to guide on becoming a successful youtuber & dealing with that success than a novel. The characters are utterly forgettable, the tension doesn’t exist, there isn’t a
I adored this romance. Very tender and funny. And just lovely.

I am a huge nerd so I watch a lot of Let's Plays more on Twitch than You Tube but this long distance love story between a Vlogger and gsmer really worked for me.

Dovid is charming and so is Sam is a much more sweet way. They both crush hard on each other and its so fun. They become friends and then the romance blooms.

The connection is what this book is all about with some weaving in of consent culture, a disabled hero with full agenc
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“I think I always feel like being kissed by you...”


{2.5 stars} This was such a fast and soft read, I flew through it! Although it wasn't without its flaws, Sam and Dovid were nerdy-cute jellybeans. Also, !!!YES!!! for ace representation <3


short and sweet Play it Again follows Dovid and Sam as they find each other through YouTube. Dovid is a blind extroverted YouTuber that documents restaurant reviews, vlogs and the lives of him and his sister, Rachel. One day, Rachel stumb
Seema Rao
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet ~ Realistic

tl;dr: Love is something everyone wants and deserves no matter how many hits they get.

Dovid had a rare disorder and lost both of his eyes, but that didn't stop him from becoming a YouTube sensation. Through his global presence, he meets and falls in love with Sam. Love ensues, though with a few speed bumps. This was a very sweet book with well-done characters and realistic situations (though most of us won't enjoy internet fame. It's worth noting that there are some important
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Update: 06/03/19
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Title: Play It Again
Author: Aidan Wayne
Genre: Contemporary romance
My rating: 4 stars
Trigger/content warnings: anxiety, bullying (past), emotional abuse by a parent
Representation: blind, Jewish and bisexual main character, homoromantic ace main character and aroace side character.

This story is told through dual narrative 1st person perspective by our two main characters, Dovid and Sam.
I've been pleasantly surprised in the past by Aidan Wayne's novellas Loud and Clear and Counterbalance and was intrigued by the blurb for "Play It Again." However, this book just did not work for me, for a number of reasons.

Dovid and his sister Rachel are Seattle-based social media stars with a very popular YouTube channel "Don't Look Now" that provides restaurant and product reviews, as well as commentaries and interaction with their legion of subscribers. Dovid is blind so his restaurant revie
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
2.5 Stars

First off, I'll confess that I skipped most of the actual video content narrations in the book.

Sam was exceptionally nice but there was no way was I reading through actual paragraphs of a "Let's Play" YouTube channel especially for a game I don't follow. Now, if it was for a "Plant Vs Zombies 2" Let's Play, I would've been ALL over it but as it wasn't, I skimmed those parts.Additionally, although Dovid's content was more interesting, I ended up skipping a lot of those as well. There
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
After reading the premise of this story I was expecting something super sweet. Unfortunately that wasn’t the reality and what I got was very different to the story I thought I was getting.

Let’s start with the characters - of which there’s really only 3 in the whole book. They were likeable enough, but they were so awkward, and the dialogue between them all was stiff and disconnected with a billion sorrys and no that’s okays, and thank yous.

The writing was very tell, with not enough show, I fou
3.5 stars

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Play It Again is a M/M romance by a nonbinary author that involves YouTubers and social media, and one of the main characters is blind - at least that was how much I found out based on the blurb and the author's bio. As the story went on, I was very happy to find out that Dovid and Rachel are Jewish, along with Rachel being (aro)ace and Sam being ace. (Rachel is only called sex-repulsed ace in the book as far as I reme
*Received ARC via NetGalley*

This is just a perfectly sweet, no angst, nice romance. There's no drama. There's no curveballs. The characters are decent people. Nothing bad happens to them (well nothing major or permanently bad). Dovid and Sam were really sweet and good together. Rachel was a great character, supportive without being smothering or nosy (okay she's nosy but it's in a fun way not an obnoxious entitled way). But it's a tad boring for me and my current mood. And so it ends up feeling
Aelin Galathynius
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars! This was an extremely sugary sweet book. In theory, this should've been the book I've been waiting for all my life... but that clearly did not happen here.

I had a few issues with the book. Not gonna lie, it started off great! we have a super sweet Irish Lets player who people seem to think is very ADORABLE, and we also have this blind YouTuber who is A TWIN! and he seems like a genuinely nice guy who knows his food, isn't insecure about his shortcomings and is plenty independent. Yet
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at about 53%. Not going to lie, this was the worst book I've read so far this year. From the use of diversity done so poorly for disability representation, awful dialogue and one of my personal pet peaves, opposite sex twins*. This feels like it's been written by some one who has only ever read fan fiction written by 13 year old girls. This is almost as bad as Jerkbait, almost...

Due to the poor quality of this book, the author is going on my DO NOT READ list. Avoid at all costs.

*Where the ga
I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book has a lot of good ideas but lacks execution.
Let's start with the characters. In general, I liked them, they were solid protagonists - but Wayne made them seem stiff and boring. We barely went skin deep when it came to their habits and fears and any interesting relationships (e.g. Sam with his parents and brother, Dovid and Rachel) were brushed over with the romance. Which was also a letdown. I was not
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5

I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I wanted to love this so badly. I was very excited about there being no less than two asexual characters. And that's also the part I liked about it the most.

But I'm sorry to say this book was just really poorly written. In some ways, it's more of a how-to guide to getting internet famous than it is an actual novel. There are so many detailed explanations, of technicalities, of video content, etc.
Joyfully Jay
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.5 stars

Dovid and Sam were both perfectly likable characters, but this book was not the one for me. Dovid is a highly successful YouTuber and that is how he and his sister make their living. We are told they have over 6 million subscribers, but their videos lacked any kind of excitement for me and although Dovid and Rachel are twins and the best of friends, they lacked chemistry between them on the videos as well.

When Rachel is looking for a gaming channel, she stumbles u
2.75 stars rounded up

I enjoyed stories by Aidan Wayne before -- but this one didn't quite hit the mark. First, Dovid and Sam are separated for most of the book. Second, the fact that Dovid is blind also doesn't feel like it being fully explored. Which is like a potential that is left behind.

I admit that this might be love story in the age of social media; where our heroes connect more on DM, chats, YouTube comments, et cetera; in exchange to falling in love with letters from the yesteryear. But,
This book was really sweet and fun, with a bit of angst, and an all-around enjoyable read.

Read the full review on my blog!
You know when you read a book that feels an awful lot like how you imagine taking a bath in melted cotton candy would feel? That was this book. Pure fluff; like hurt my teeth fluff. So sweet it was gross fluff.

Dovid and Rachel Rosenstein are the well-known duo of the Seattle-based YouTube channel, ‘Don’t Look Now’, that has varying content ranging from restaurant reviews, vlogging, and cooking shows—all with the unique appeal of the fact that Dovid is blind and Rachel stays behind the camera. Th
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2019
A long-distance romance between a new Youtuber and a Youtube celebrity, what could go wrong? This one did, unfortunately.

2.5, but it deserved being rounded up for the healthy message it includes, and the first part actually went well.

Dovid—not David!—is a Youtube sensation, mostly for his reviews on accessibility and the fact he's blind but can still joke about his situation. Sam is a gamer who's just starting on Youtube and is really happy to have his hundred followers to interact while he play
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, lgbtqia, a-spec
This is without doubt the most adorable book I've ever read.

Content warnings include: (view spoiler)

From the very start I couldn't help smiling at this book. It's just so cute and wonderful in its entirety and made me feel cozy and warm all the way through!

And the best thing is: the characters feel it too! Dovid is absolutely smitted with Sam from the very beginning and the feeling be
Emma Kiely
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely adored this book!
This has to be one of the cutest and most adorable books I’ve ever read.
These characters were so complex and sweet I instantly fell in love with them.
The writing was amazing I love the fast paced storyline.
Overall I have to give this books 5 stars because it made me so happy.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Xan West
Content Warnings: (view spoiler)

Overall, I am so glad I read this book, it was lovely in a great
Danielle Chambers
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
I really, really loved this book more than I thought I would after starting it. I didn’t expect it to be so heavy in the actual YouTube aspect of things. It goes into pretty decent detail on how things work.

But Dovid and Sam were so lovable. 95% of this book is sugary sweet and I loved it. It wasn’t too over the top with anything. I wish Sam were real. I loved him so much.
absolutely heartwarming. i loved the rep, the characters, the modern love story.
i love reading about long distance romances and/or romances with or through technology and this was both! it was im crying im so happy great to read about a disabled mc that is so active and so many things besides disabled. somebody who is a voice but not an inspiration. a whole person. im so grateful
i also loved the discussion/negotiation of sex, which is something we rarely see but should definitely be included mo
Chris, the Dalek King
When YouTube star Dovid Rosenstein gives a shout-out to a rather unknown Let’s Play creator, Sam Doyle, it is the beginning of more than even Dovid could imagine. Yeah, now Sam has thousands of new subscribers, and a lot more pressure on him, but that kinda comes with being a rising star in the YouTube game. What Dovid never expected was to find himself falling in love with the shy, kind, sweet, and funny Irishman as Dovid helps him navigate the confusing and sometimes dangerous minefield that i ...more
3- Stars

I read this and my thought pictured Brandon Farris and his shenanigans - the only social media persona I knew and whose posts I’ve watched a few. Aidan Wayne upped the ante by bringing forward two characters that couldn’t be more different. Dovid lost his sight (and eyes to be more precise) yet he exudes confidence and quite charming, he even joked about his blindness to the millions of followers on social media. Across the pond, Sam was a shy man who started his own channel as a way to
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Aidan Wayne lives with altogether too many houseplants on the seventh floor of an apartment building, and though the building has an elevator, Aidan refuses to acknowledge its existence. They’ve been in constant motion since before they were born (pity Aidan’s mom)—and being born didn’t change anything. When not moving Aidan is usually writing, so things tend to balance out. They mostly stick with ...more
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