Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

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Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha "Tash" Zelenka when she creates the web series "Unhappy Families," a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina--written by Tash's eternal love Leo Tolstoy.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2017]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781481489331
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm


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After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fello... Read More »

After Natasha’s web series Unhappy Families, a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, goes viral, her newfound social media fame goes to her head. She clashes with her family and friends and embarks on a romance with a vlogger in this story told in Natasha’s distinctive voice.

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KateHillier May 25, 2018

This too a bit to get into but overall is a strong story about creativity, problematic favs, and relationships. Tash has everything in her web series and in her correspondence with an internet more than friend. She is eager to meet him once the webseries goes viral and her and the crew are nominated for an award. There's hate, there's interviews, and everything that goes along with sudden viral fame.

Meanwhile there's her relationship with her sister changing, decisions her parents have made and how that changes things, and her friendships. Also involved here is her having recently come out to her friends as a romantic asexual. There's drama involving that and her fears about how that effects her internet relationship.

The asexuality takes a bit of a backseat to the larger drama, which is actually encouraging representation wise in its own way, and there is a whole lot of lessons learned here. Lots of growing up for everyone and as much as i'd love to see what happens next, I know it'll all be just fine.

Sep 20, 2017

Not bad, but it didn't seem to know what it wanted to focus on, tried to do too much, and fell flat as a result. It also felt overly long because it was so aimless. Unnecessary drama felt a little forced at times.

The last part of the book did make up for a lot, though I wish the first and middle parts had lived up to it.

Jul 13, 2017

I absolutely adored this book! I didn't want it to end because I didn't want to stop hanging out with Tash and her friends. I loved Tash--her passion, intelligence, authenticity (particularly in her efforts to articulate her asexuality), and occasional (totally relatable) awkwardness. Kathryn Ormsbee created a really special and unique story that was impossible to put down.

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

If you’re searching for a charming, intelligent, feel-good novel with a protagonist you can’t help but love, this one’s for you.

Jun 25, 2017

What a delightful feel-good book! I loved that it was about artists, friends, growing up, changes, being okay and not okay; such good topics and themes that were well done and properly discussed. I learned a lot about asexuality, which was described very well through the eyes of the main character, Tash. At points, the drama was a little high-school-y, but I feel in love with Tash, Jack and Paul. Their dynamic was great and they were complete characters. Also, I loved the modern aspect of it, with social media, the web series, and all of the tech. It was as if it was set in the real world! Sometimes YA stories isolate their characters from those conveniences and I liked that they were central to this story. It was a feel-good book and I highly recommend it.


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Sep 29, 2017

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