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Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when shes playing Reclaim the Sun, the years hottest online game. Divyabetter known as popular streaming gamer D1Vregularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the games vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, shes trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help ...more
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Published January 28th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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jv poore
Its tough for me to write a review for a book I love more than mochas. But, I cant not
share my ardent admiration of Divya, the sensational Glitch streamer in the center of Eric
Smiths spectacular Realistic-Fiction-YA, Dont 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
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 Ive 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
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
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.

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!
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review to come
Vinny —.:* Artsy Draft
.:* 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
laurel [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
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
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 Dont Read The Comments wasnt 100% for me, I try to approach every ARC Im 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 its important to me that I make a thorough evaluation rather than just saying, hm, it wasnt for me.

So with
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
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.


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
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
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 Smiths upcoming contemporary, Dont Read the Comments, is going to transfer you to the magnificent virtual universe of Reclaim the Sun, the years 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
~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
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:

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
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.
Brooklyn Tayla
I absolutely adoredDont Read The Comments!It is an ode and celebration of geeky gaming culture and I loved every moment of it! I feel like theres a lot to celebrate about this book!!
Firstly, the characters are utterly amazing and just written so naturally!! They leapt off the page and their interactions just worked perfectly! I love how Divya knew she wasnt going to back down after being faced with a brutal band of internet trolls, the Vox Populi, who practically want to ruin her!
Its utterly
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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
4.5 stars

So this book really struck a chord with me - the value of online friendships, surviving online bullying and harassment, gaming references and being an influencer (especially a minority being both female and PoC) - all of it. Can't wait to share with you guys my full thoughts about it!

Review to come.

Check out Happy Indulgence Books for more reviews!
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
Autumn Byrd

Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying/cyber bullying, sexism, racism, harassment, assault, stalking, doxing, trauma/PTSD, toxic relationships, anxiety, guilt, implications of cheating.

ARC was given by Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review.

This review is being published after the release date (January 28th, 2020)

This is why you dont read the comments!

Oh wow, this book came at me hard and fast. Readers, I went into this book with no expectations and only the knowledge that the main
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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
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!
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary, arc
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember, so I wholeheartedly support any books with gamers or gaming as a focus.

Divya is a well-known streamer on Glitchand of course, being a girl (especially of colour) online comes with misogynistic, racist (mostly) male assholes hiding behind faceless avatars and untraceable accounts. I really loved the exploration of that part of the gaming
Paula  Phillips
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Reclaim The Sun is a popular online multiplayer game, players from all over the world board their ships ready to explore the universe, colonise planets and mine for resources. For gamer and streamer Divya Sharma, it's how she earns a living. Through sponsorship and revenue to help her single mother make ends meet while she puts herself through college.

Being a female gamer is hard enough, avoiding trolls and online abuse from arrogant males laying claim to online spaces. Divya has tried to
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
A whole lotta yes. A gamer book, tackling big issues of sexism, racism and toxicity, especially online trolling and stalking. The only thing that really shook me was the fact that they are like high school students or just fresh out of highschool. Triggered. But the last 20% of this book had me ON.THE.EDGE.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute book. Our hero and heroine are gamers. They spend countless hours on line playing a popular space game. It's a brilliant concept for a game. People travel through space exploring and laying claim to far off planets that the game invents regularly. It's like Star Trek but in a larger format.
Our heroine earns a fairly good wage with sponsors and our hero writes scripts and stories to be used in games. Enter the bad guys. A group of online trolls who make it their mission to destroy our
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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

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