Don by Eric Smith


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 to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.Gaming is basical...

Details Don

Release DateJan 28th, 2020
PublisherInkyard Press
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Games, Gaming, Teen, Audiobook, Pop Culture, Fandom

Reviews Don

  • 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 sh...
  • 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. A...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    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-f...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 eval...
  • pagesofchapters
    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 ...
  • San
    Review to come
  • Bethany
    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...
  • USOM
    (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 tender...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MSWith 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 i...
  • Aly
    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 ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    RTC—It was good, but Slay was better.
  • Elyse Alba
    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!
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    I absolutely adoredDon’t Read The Comments!It is an ode and celebration of geeky gaming culture and I loved every moment of it! I feel like there’s 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 wasn’t going to back down after being faced with a brutal band of internet trolls, theVo...
  • Karen
    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 Glitch—and of course, being a girl (especially of colour) online comes with misogynistic, racist (mostly) male assholes hiding behind faceless avatars and untraceable accounts. I real...
  • Paula Phillips
    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 come...
  • grieshaber.reads
    Actual rating: 4.5. Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC! I’d like to think I’m pretty down with the young people of today (even though I realize that sentence proves quite the opposite, lol). I’ve been teaching teens for over 27 years and I’m a mom of a twenty-two and a nineteen-year-old. I try hard to remember what it was like to be young (reading YA helps quite a bit in that department) and I’m good at viewing circumstances through the l...
  • Alana Bloom
    I’m not even sure how to write a review that will properly do this fabulous book justice! I picked it up, knowing I had a blog tour review to write in the near future and expected to read a chapter here and a chapter there but as soon as I started reading I didn’t want to stop! To be honest, Young Adult books can be hit or miss with me, particularly the characters, but I absolutely adored Divya and Aaron. Smith managed to construct separate s...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Divya, a popular streaming gamer, and Aaron, a video game writer, accidentally meet on an uncharted planet...while playing Reclaim the Sun. A friendship began to grow between them, but as Divya battled online harassment, doxing, and real-life assaults, she began to rethink her life online.This was not the first book I have read, that tackled issues surrounding online gaming, but I do feel like it was one of the more immersive experiences for me. ...
  • Celia McMahon
    Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to review this title in exchange for an honest review. Well, folks, I found gold in the sea of garbage. Ok, that's harsh, but I have been reading some subpar novels lately and this one came at a good time. I've come to realize how much of a sucker I am for any sort of boo, involving video games. Ready Player and Otherworld are up there with my top favorite books ever so I guess that says a lot. On one side o...
  • Erin
    Ohh my gosh, my little gamer heart adored Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith It was delightfully geeky, diverse and progressive, and I had so much fun reading it! Full review to come (after some gaming) ^.^ ***I received an ARC from Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada), in exchange for an honest review.*** Ohh my gosh, my little gamer heart adored Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith💙 It was delightfully geeky, diverse and progress...
  • Thamy
    Divya has the motto of not reading the comments for the lives she does for a new game. While her popularity grows, so do the haters, but she needs to keep going to help her mother with the house. That's when she meets Aaron, who just plays the game for fun but want to be a game developer one day even though his parents oppose it. Divya prefers to keep the internet world separate from her real life, especially now she's under the attack of cyberbu...
  • 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 ma...
  • amanda
    4.5This was a sweet and surprising read, a modern take on gaming and the troll community surrounding it.Divya is a top streamer on Glitch and works hard on it not for the fame and glory but to support herself and her mother after her parents rocky divorce. Diyva is of Indian descent and a girl gamer so naturally that makes her the perfect target for trolls on the internet who feel that she doesn’t deserve her success and are out to make both he...
  • Julia Ember
    I think this is my favorite of Eric Smith’s books. It is unabashedly nerdy, and a love letter to games, gaming culture, writing, online romances and friendships ... while at the same time never shying away from the true to life toxic underbelly of the mmo world. The romance in this book is super cute, and unfolds mostly in a series of gaming sessions and app messages. Divya is a pro gamer with a huge following (go Angst Armada!), and Aaron is a...
  • Joanna Bennett
    Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for asking me to be a part of this tour! eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.I was really excited to be approved for this title because I am a gamer and thought the premise sounded awesome. There were some good topics discussed in this book and although I can’t talk about the racial issues, I can talk about being a female gamer.I have been a gamer since my family got a su...
  • The Rebel Scribe
    Thanks to NetGalley and to Inkyard Press for sending me an e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review! Divya is pretty famous on the Glitch streaming service for playing the new planet exploration game Reclaim The Sun as D1V. For Divya, streaming isn't just for fun, it's her livelihood and it's how she helps her mom pay rent every month. Aaron is an aspiring video game writer with a Frankenstein's monster of a computer whose parents a...