Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Teen Tuesday: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. 384 p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, June, 2017. 9781481489331. (Review from finished copy borrowed from public library for discussion at Bookfest@Bankstreet)

Tash, pronounced "tosh" because it's short for Natasha, is a budding director. She hosts a vlog and is in the middle of writing, producing and directing a web series called Unhappy Families based on the novel, Anna Karenina written by her hero, Leo Tolstoy. Her "perfect" sister is off to Vanderbilt at the end of the summer and has decided that she needs to have a "memorable" summer that doesn't include Tash or their parents.Tash may or may not be crushing on a fellow vlogger, Thom, with an "h." When a web celebrity give Unhappy Families a shout-out, Tash and the cast have to deal with the hate as well as the love that comes their way. If you are a teen who likes smart novels featuring smart, quirky teens or if you heart Tolstoy the way that Tash does, this is the novel for you.

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