I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 4, 2019
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Modern love plus online anonymity is a recipe for romantic disaster in this lighthearted new romance from the author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love.
How bad can one little virtual lie be?
NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal.
It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?
Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.
Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?
I was super excited to have been approved for this title on Netgalley. I read and loved Sarvenaz Tash’s The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love back in 2016, and absolutely loved it. It was super geeky and nerdy and was all about Comic Con, which is one convention I’ve always dreamed of going to (besides BEA of course, which I still haven’t gone to!). So, I knew that anything else that Tash wrote, I’d need to get my hands on.
I actually really enjoyed Virtually Yours. I found the whole synopsis really interesting. Like, just imagine living in a world where there is virtual reality dating. With the way that things are going now, with Bumble and Tinder, I feel like it won’t be long until VR dating is actually a reality for us. It really doesn’t seem that far off! I think that’s what intrigued me so much about the concept of a main character who joins a VR website, HEAVR, in order to find herself a new match after still grieving over her ex-bf Caleb.
Of course, she ends up matching with her boyfriend, even though he is her number two match. But I mean, I can’t judge her for choosing to try it out with him again under a pseudonym… it was her first relationship, and honestly, I might’ve done the same had I been given the chance! Some people might think this is catfishing which makes it completely wrong, and I will agree that it is catfishing, but it’s just so hard to analyze because I get where she is coming from! Getting over your first breakup is always the hardest, though that might just be my opinion.
So, needless to say, the concept of this book was great. I also really liked Mariam. She was a pretty multidimensional character, and I loved the diversity in this book, since her parents were immigrants, and same with her soon-to-be friend Jeremy’s family.
To be honest, Caleb was the only character who got on my nerves sometimes. He threw Mariam away pretty quickly with the first breakup, and then his feelings just seemed all over the place, especially after finding out that Mariam was using a fake name. At least Mariam’s were straight forward the whole time!
In the end, I loved this book and really flew through it. If you’re looking for a different take on a contemporary for this summer, then definitely check out Virtually Yours!