Wednesday Words: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Happy Wednesday!

On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, I share with you all what I am reading this month. I finished A Crown of Wishes Saturday, so I'm finally into something new and will hopefully start reading more than one book a month.

Yesterday, I started Kathryn Ormsbee's Tash Hearts Tolstoy. First off, I love this cover. The juxtaposition of Tolstoy with the girly hearts and font is hilarious, but also the white, pink, and yellow on black really pops (and y'all know I love pink).

The premise is below:

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: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

I'm also on the romantic asexual spectrum, and one of my goals this year is to read more books featuring asexual characters. I actually hadn't read the blurb until I'd already started reading, so when I opened up to a page that looked like credits, I was intrigued. I already connect with Tash, who hints that her sister is the prettier, smarter one. I usually feel that way myself. I'm excited to see if she gains more self-confidence as the story progresses.

There are 400 pages in this book, and chose page 262, so here is an excerpt from that page:

After a week of what I call our "social media fast," Jack and I get back online with a new plan: We will weed through notifications in an efficient manner, disregarding the hate as best we can and responding only to fellow web series accounts or very pressing questions. It isn't ideal, but we agree it's the only way to stay sane.
It's also interesting to read such a modern book. I don't usually read contemporary YA novels, so when I see a character mention Youtube or Justin Beiber, I have to remember the setting is here and now.

What are you reading this week?


Heather R. Holden said...

Ooh, this book sounds fun, and that cover is priceless. Also...there's a romantic ace?! YES. I'm always on the lookout for stories with asexual characters, too. It's like a needle in a haystack sometimes, haha.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Every now and then a list of books with asexual characters floats around on Tumblr. They are few and far between, but on the rise.

Gina Gao said...

This sounds so fun, thanks for sharing!