If you’re a fan of Twitch or Mixer, Don’t Read the Comments is both good advice and a good read.
Divya is a successful “Glitch” gamer who helps her recently divorced mom pay bills from her sponsorship money. [It must be nice to have sponsors. I always laugh when someone at work asks me how much I make from this blog. Eventually, I start talking about how much I’m saving on buying books…] However, online trolls are threatening to dox her (put her real info online for all to see). Her only hope is her online friendship with wannabe game developer, Aaron. Together can they beat the trolls at their own game?
I’ve been a gamer and a Twitch-watcher for many years (as well as being a lifelong nerd). So even though I am far from being a young adult, I really enjoyed reading this book. It has many underlying messages about sexism, racism, and bullying. However, I just liked the two main characters, Divya and Aaron, who are both trying to set their own course in life. Cyber bullies and well-meaning family members block them at every turn but they use their gaming skills IRL to fight for what they want.
Don’t Read the Comments is a sweet young adult romance set in the world of online gaming. 4 stars!
Thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.