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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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Really liked this one! It wasn't really what I expected it to be, but I thought it did a good job of exploring some really important topics like harassment, racism, sexism, and gatekeeping in the gaming community, just to name a few. It managed to hit a lot of those serious levels but still be a fun and cute read despite that being the main subject matter. ...more
chan ☆
don't love the audio and tbh don't think it's the story for me. love the concept but video games bore me to tears and i didn't realize that was the main focus of the story. ...more
jv poore
It’s tough for me to write a review for a book I love more than mochas. But, I can’t not
share my ardent admiration of Divya, the sensational Glitch streamer in the center of Eric
Smith’s spectacular Realistic-Fiction-YA, Don’t Read the Comments.

Initially, I find it incredibly cool that this high-school student enjoys playing almost as much as she treasures the comfort and camaraderie of her followers and fellow gamers. Impressive that she is
making money while doing it. Intensely delighted disc
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C.G. Drews
This is such nerdy, internet focused goodness. I feel seen right now, so seen. It's full of gamers and nerd-culture references, pizza and arcades, really sweet and strong friendships with dorky jokes. It has such deep love towards internet friendships. Plus it packs in a lot of important conversations; particularly feature the harassment, cruelty and doxxing that girl gamers are subjected to. Divya is also brown so she gets an added layer of horribleness thrown her way. The book also tackles the ...more
Berit☀️✨
This was a fun cute story, but I am definitely not the target demographic. Some young adult books will resonate with people of all ages. I think this book will appeal more to actual young adults. And it has been a very long time since I’ve been classified as a young adult. Having said that I still really did enjoy the book and I thought the message was timeless. This was a story about Devya A gamer who became famous by streaming her gameplay. As a mother of a teenager it still baffles me that my ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 20%

This definitely feels like one of those "it's me, not you" sort of things, because I have no doubt this book is going to make a lot of readers very happy! That said, this wasn't working for me at all and I frankly don't have the time or energy to devote to books that are grating on me. I had a gut feeling I shouldn't have requested this, and as soon as the author and book name-dropping started in the first chapter, I thought, "Yep, should've listened to my gut..."

Anyways, I dig the div
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Kate (GirlReading)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully geeky story that explores sexism, misogyny, racism, doxxing and toxicity online and specifically within the gaming industry with nuance and candour.

With two strong and unique voices, multiple brilliantly explored relationship dynamics, epic bookish shoutouts (one of the characters has a bookstagram!!), a diverse cast of characters and VR gaming passages that almost made me forget I was reading a contemporary and not a sci-fi (in a good way), this was a thoroughly enjoyable
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
GAHH I really enjoyed this! super cute with a badass female lead and a soft muffin of a male lead. loved seeing influencer culture represented but also the realities of troll culture and what women face in male-dominated spaces. Definitely recommend if you're into gaming at all or if you're into books that discuss online spaces! ...more
TMR
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 17+
Note: Thank you to Netgalley, Edelweiss, the publisher and the author for sending me an ARC copy (ies) in exchange for an honest review.

So here we go.

First of all..

Just got one thing to say to y'all.

"DON'T READ THE COMMENTS." Literally.

But in the day and age, where social media rules your world and others as well, it's impossible not to. It's like a permanent black marker mark on your newly painted white wall.

It just won't leave. It'll stay and eventually you'll have to face it and the real
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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.

Vinny —.:* Film & Fiction
—.:* Quick recap!
☆ This book is about two teens whose obsessed with a VR gaming but the reality might be not as exciting as the online trolls started to attack them.
☆ Read this book if you're a fan of pop-culture and everything video game related!
☆ You might want to consider it because it featured a lot of triggering scenes, from the racism to the female oppression.

My first impression of this book is its outstanding gaming-focused story. It was obvious that Smith is a huge fan of video games
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A few pages into Don't Read the Comments, I'd knew I'd like it, but I didn't expect to *love* it? This was a fantastic and timely story, and such a pleasure to read!

- Follows Divya, an Indian-American popular gaming streamer under the name of D1V who has been targeted by sexist trolls and harassers on her online platform, and Aaron, a Honduran-Palestinian-American teen who dreams of writing games, and the two form a friendship on a MMORPG, Reclaim the Sun.
- I really loved how this story deftly a
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pagesofchapters
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
After finishing this book I had very mixed feelings. This was a very quick read for me and I really liked that it tackled topics such as racism and gender equality, and I think the concept of this book was very unique and interesting. I did however, find myself struggling to really get into the portions of this book that were told through the video game shown. While I do think this book was written well, there was something about it that made me struggle to stay interested in what was going on. ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault (off page), Assault, Doxxing, Harassment, Cyberbullying

Divya Sharma is one of the most popular players of Reclaim the Sun, one of the hottest games of the year. With her #AngstArmada and popular game streaming, she's the best of the best and is using her rising popularity and sponsorships to help pay the bills for her and her mom to survive. Gaming is Aaron Jericho's life, despite his doctor mom's ambitions for him to take over her practice. When Aaron gets an inv
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Bethany
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please go out and read this book!

Don't Read the Comments is a fantastic and timely YA contemporary that tackles sexism and racism in gaming, doxxing, online harassment and bullying, and toxic masculinity. These are such important and relevant issues, and I am so glad that this book is making its way into the world! Plus it's a really sweet story about friendship, first love, and standing up for what is right no matter the cost.

Divya Sharma is a popular streaming gamer known publicly as D1V and
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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.

So wi
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Shreya Karnati
I picked this book up because I haven't really read anything that has to do with the internet and its darker side. I have also been trying to read more books with Indian main characters in them. This story was just so pure and had me almost crying at times. I have heard of trolls and things before but I never realized the true impact they had on peoples lives. Divya and Aaron are so cute together! ...more
viajentreletras
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Aww! I really liked it!
Besides that the romance was so cute, I think everything was so well made, we find important topics here like racism, harassment, sexism, and gatekeeping in the gaming community.
I loved the character specially Rebekah, whose a second character, she's a very good friend even if in a moment it looked like she wasn't but then we found why.
Sometimes I felt like Divya was so stressful for me, but again, I could understand why. So I think this is a positive thing (one of the p
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The Nerd Daily
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS

With a full blast of all-out geekiness, admirable online friendship, and fierce fights with internet trolls, Eric Smith’s upcoming contemporary, Don’t Read the Comments, is going to transfer you to the magnificent virtual universe of Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. The novel is led by Divya Sharma, also known as D1V online, one of the most popular streaming gamers in the community, and Aaron Jericho, an aspiring game dev
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Michelle
Divya and Aaron are two teenagers who make a connection through the world of gaming.

Divya: Since her father left them, Divya and her mother struggle to make ends meet. Her online personality D1v is famous in the gaming industry. She showcases her gaming skills on a streaming site playing the hottest virtual reality game of the year Reclaim the Sun. With the money that she garners from sponsors she is able to help her mom out. Although she has many fans she has learned that social media can be a
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Fareya
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith is a YA contemporary novel that surprised me in a good way and I found myself enjoying it way more than I expected to.

The story revolves around a game streamer and rising star D1V aka Divya. Outside of the gaming universe, Divya is an ordinary, struggling high schooler and this online world is her escape from reality, a fun space that makes her forget real life for a few hours. But this safe haven turns into a complete nightmare when online trolls start mess
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USOM
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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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Rae
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to NetGalley, Inkyard Press and their Publicist for reaching out to me with the opportunity to read and review this book!

Read this review and others like it on my blog here:
http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev...


Don't let my three star rating lead you astray. While I initially struggled with this book, it grew on me as the story progressed. I gave it this rating because in all honesty it was really entertaining and well written, but it wasn't one of my all time favorites. I just coul
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Jessica
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hope this book gets widely read, by male and female readers. This is a deceptively humorous look at the toxicity of being a girl in gamer culture, and of being brown-skinned as well. Divya isn't a pro, she's not the best, most followed streamer, yet a large group of grown ass white men decide that she doesn't "belong" and needs to be taken care of. There is physical as well as emotional and psychological and in-game violence, and if you're thinking, "That wouldn't happen!" it does happen, ever ...more
Annabelle
The inexistent geek in me has just been geeked up.

I'm not a game freak but reading a book about games is exquisite. All the time i was having the joyous feeling i had when watching 'ready player one'.

This book is about geeks. Any other part of the story was just a sideline. Divya Sharma is like the goddess of geeks. She plays a virtual game called 'reclaim the sun'. Online she is only known as D1V where she leads her followers called 'Amarda' in quests to conquer new game universe. Outside her v
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Maureen
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOOOOOOK.

This was so nerdy and fun and exciting and interesting and heartbreaking all wrapped up in one. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I WANT THIS GAME TO EXIST IN REAL LIFE. Divya and Aaron are my bbs and i love them 4ever.
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Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
If you're a fan of online friendships and gaming, this is the book for you. I really loved how this book dived into topics of online harassment, especially the sexism and racism that is rampant in gaming culture.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Blog (Read By Tiffany) | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin
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Lacey
I received this book as a part of the Winter 2020 Harlequin Trade Publishing Blog Tour for Inkyard Press! Thank you to Eric Smith, Harlequin Books, Inkyard Press & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book was written very well. I'm not sure if the genre was for me particularly. However, I think that the young-adult gaming lover is going to find a new love in this book. I don't have a lot of knowledge about the gaming community, but I don't think that
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Shae
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh this book was the cutest! And I’m super impressed with how well it mentions everything that’s relevant to our lives right now. And how accurate it was! From the sexism and harassment towards women in communities or occupations typically dominated by males, to the dangers of the internet, making life decisions as a teenager and trying to support your family. This book has it all. And oh my gosh Aaron’s and Div are just the cutest! Ahh! My heart is so full!
The writing was fantastic and
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Sarah 🌺 Books in Their Natural Habitat
I think this is a book that all the teenagers out there need to read. It is really poignant in the struggles of being young and higher profile. And honestly, it happens all the time to young people in general.

What do I mean by “it”? Running into jerks hiding behind screens… computer screens, streaming devices, etc. We ALL run into them. And being a popular streamer doesn’t help Divya. She’s built a brand and is awesome at what she does and yet other people want to bring her down. She doesn’t alw
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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 eight
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