Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review.
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
Thank you to NetGalley, Inkyard Press and their Publicist for reaching out to me with the opportunity to read and review this book!
Don’t let my three star rating lead you astray. While I initially struggled with this book, it grew on me as the story progressed. I gave it this rating because in all honesty it was really entertaining and well written, but it wasn’t one of my all time favorites. I just couldn’t bring myself to rate it up there with some of the “greats” in my all time favorite four and five star reads. That being said, I still really liked this book! I kept thinking that it seemed like a less in depth version of Ready Player One, and for that I felt like in some ways it was lacking a little bit in certain areas. I also made the mistake of listening to the audio books for Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl at the same time I was reading Don’t Read The Comments which resulted in a LOT of different stories based around Cons, which lead me to being confused as to what happened at which Con and who did what?! (Which is solely my fault for picking so many similar books to read at the same time.)
Aside from my own self demise and trying to not relate this book to about a million others, when I took it in its own context, I really did like it and think that it focuses on some real life issues that females still face presently especially in male dominant social circles like gaming. Its so easy for anonymous people to say awful and hurtful things when online because there are almost no repercussions. Hiding their identities and lashing out through a screen is about as impersonal as it gets, but sometimes this gives the bad people all the freeway they need to destroy what they don’t comprehend is a real person on the other end of their anger. And like in the case of this book, sometimes they even take it a step further and bring it into real life situations. Harassment and bullying are becoming easier to accomplish with little effort on the bully’s part and that’s exactly what we see happening to the main character in this book and as sad as it its, its also true. Things like this do happen in real life and its a good topic to bring to light.
The romance in this book was super sweet and I really loved the connection that Divya and Aaron made even though they had never met in person. This is becoming more and more common in real life and I think its sweet to see the better side of this situation pan out. They got to know each other from real communication and personalities first. Letting them form a true friendship and opinions based not off of what others think but through their own personal experiences with talking to each other. I know I have a few friends that I truly cherish that I’ve never met in real life and while they aren’t romantic, they are still so meaningful to me and this was such a cool aspect of this book that I really did enjoy.
Once I got into this book it was a pretty quick read but I had to let my mind stop trying to figure out what it reminded me of to get there. And once I did, I enjoyed it so much more. Like I said above, it would have been nice to see a little more gaming since that’s kind of what its about, but even so, I think that it flowed well and kept my attention for the most part. The topics in this book are all very relevant to the younger audience readers today. From online bullying to cyber relationships this can be a book that quite a few people can connect with and I think for that reason alone it will be a great read for those growing up right now. Just don’t forget to enjoy your life offline too!
If you liked this book:
When I was reading Don’t Read the Comments the one book that kept popping up in my head was Ready Player One, so of course that will HAVE to be my recommendation to read. The main difference between the books would be the immersion in the game. Ready Player One takes you fully into the game and that’s most of the book while Don’t Read the Comments is more about the impact gaming can have on females and online bullying. Both have a sweet romance in them though that keeps you rooting for the characters and enough action in the games to keep your imagination flowing! I think that this book would be a perfect follow up if you want to keep in that gaming mode!
Do you have any other gaming books that you have read? What’s your favorite? Do you game in real life? I just recently got my brother’s old xbox so I’m figuring it out and loving it!!! Let me know your gamer tags if you do!!! Hope things are well with everyone and Happy Reading!