Don't read the comments / Eric Smith.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: An elite gamer who uses her status to secure sponsorships to help her struggling family and a fellow player who resists his mom's ambitions for his future find their virtual worlds and blossoming romance challenged by malicious trolls.
    • Other Titles:
      Do not read the comments.
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    • ABNT:
      SMITH, E. Don’t read the comments. [s. l.]: Inkyard Press, 2020. ISBN 9781335016027. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Smith E. Don’t Read the Comments. Inkyard Press; 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Smith, E. (2020). Don’t read the comments. Inkyard Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Smith, Eric. 2020. Don’t Read the Comments. Inkyard Press.
    • Harvard:
      Smith, E. (2020) Don’t read the comments. Inkyard Press. Available at: (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Smith, E 2020, Don’t read the comments, Inkyard Press, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Smith, Eric. Don’t Read the Comments. Inkyard Press, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Smith, Eric. Don’t Read the Comments. Inkyard Press, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Smith E. Don’t read the comments [Internet]. Inkyard Press; 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2

Divya is a gamer with a strong following on Glitch, a streaming service that allows others to watch her play. Aaron enjoys gaming, but he's more interested in the writing aspect, creating narratives to go along with his friend's art for an up-and-coming Indie game producer. Divya's enjoyment of the platform Reclaim the Sun is turned to anxiety as a group called Vox Populi targets her in the game, and soon in real life. Aaron wants to help, but because of her growing mistrust of the online world, Divya is reluctant to let him get too close. With GameCon on the horizon, the dangers of doxing, harassment, and worse, become ever more probable. Smith's protagonists are empathetic, though secondary characters skew static, and some sub-plots lack follow-through. When all is said and done, however, this novel offers a complex examination of racism, sexism, and toxic masculinity in gaming, as well as a celebration of friendship and family. Direct readers craving a nonfiction companion title to Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), 2015. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 November #3

Under the name D1V, Divya Sharma, who seems to be of South Asian descent, uses a platform called Glitch to livestream herself playing Reclaim the Sun from the New Jersey apartment she shares with her single mother. She is just starting to gain sponsors and make some much-needed money from her channel—helping her mom to pay rent—when a group calling themselves Vox Populi begins to harass her. Aaron Jericho, a Honduran-Palestinian teen from Philadelphia, would much rather develop video games than follow his doctor mother into medicine. His big break might be working for ManaPunk, a company formed by a friend who seems to be doing very well. When D1V and Aaron meet online while playing Reclaim, a friendship blossoms, but as Divya's online harassment moves into the real world and she finds herself physically at risk, Aaron feels helpless to defend her. Through Divya and Aaron's alternating voices, Smith (The Girl and the Grove) tackles the difficult topics of sexual and racial harassment online and in gaming communities while diving into the world of live-stream gaming. Aaron is a far more robust character, with motivations and an emotional depth that are missing from Divya's characterization. Still, Smith realistically juxtaposes the benefits of online relationships with the dangers of doxxing and other types of virtual harassment, underlining Divya's strength and determination online and IRL. Ages 13–up. Agent: Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.