I’d seen this one mentioned a lot on twitter in the run up to it’s release and I’ve been dying to read it. I actually finished it in a little over a day and read it on my phone pretty much every chance I got.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy is about seventeen year old Tash, a romantic asexual and Tolstoy lover, whose web series based on Anna Karenina goes viral thanks to a blogger shout out. There’s a good mix of lightheartedness and serious topics and great rep for asexual teens.
I really loved Tash as a narrator. She’s not perfect, a fact made very clear to her by her best friends later in the book, but she tries and her relationship with her friends is portrayed wonderfully. They have their negative moments- Jack and Paul’s struggle to deal with their father’s cancer returning and Tash’s one track mindedness brings about some conflict- but they deal with it as friends should. Tash’s family is also very believable; sisters trying to live up to the pressures they perceive and parents trying their best to do the right thing. It’s nice to see a healthy parental dynamic in a YA novel. They allow their daughters to make mistakes and it’s clear that they never stop loving them.
Suffice to say I loved this book. It was easy to read, well written and with good characters that seemed fresh and unique. There was good discussion of what it means to be asexual and the amisia that can be faced. But it’s also a genuinely uplifting book about friendship and love and figuring out what’s important in life.