Virtually Yours

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About The Book

“Witty and insightful…at once utterly contemporary and totally timeless.” —Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters and Internment

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?

About The Author

Photograph by Robyn Von Swank

Sarvenaz Tash is the author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers), Three Day Summer, The Mapmaker and the Ghost, and Virtually Yours. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up on Long Island, New York. She received her BFA in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, which means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, Emmy Award–winning copywriting, and professional tweeting for the likes of Bravo and MTV. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 2, 2020)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534436671
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL760L

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Raves and Reviews

I'd totally swipe right on Virtually Yours, a book with heart and humor featuring characters you'd want to know IRL. Sarvenaz Tash delivers a swoony story about first love, second chances, and finding out who you are and what you want to be. It's love at first read!

– Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Better Off Friends

Witty and insightful, Sarvenaz Tash's Virtually Yours is a delightful journey into the heart of love. A whimsical romance that is at once utterly contemporary and totally timeless, Tash masterfully intertwines the complexities of falling in love, owning your mistakes, and understanding who you really are.

– Samira Ahmed, New York Times Bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, and Internment

Virtually Yours is a book that delivers more than one happily ever after. It's about finding yourself before you can find the one, and I loved following Mariam's journey as she found both.

– Lauren Morrill, author of MEANT TO BE and BETTER THAN THE BEST PLAN

As funny as it is wise, Virtually Yours is a 21st century delight, taking rom-com tropes that date back to Shakespeare and making them feel fresh and newly relevant. Not only does Sarvenaz Tash nail the feeling of college freshman year—the thrill and discomfort of trying to hold onto who you once were even as you’re becoming someone new—she also brilliantly tackles the question of what makes a relationship real. I loved it. For real.

– Lance Rubin, Author of Denton Little’s Deathdate

Tash (The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, 2016, etc.) presents readers with a young woman navigating life's risks and rewards in a way that will resonate with many readers...A sincere story of self-discovery.

– Kirkus Reviews

[A] hilarious novel that readers will not want to put down. Through snarky, tongue-in-cheek dialogue and hysterical inner monologues, Tash creates characters who are charismatic and engaging. They guide readers on a roller-coaster ride through their discovery of just who is really right for each other. VERDICT Perfect for anyone who likes humor and romance.

– School Library Journal

The cultural aspects of Miriam’s Muslim roots are conveyed organically...As for [her] arc, her realization that she needs to change her handling of relationships as she figures out her values will resonate with older readers and challenge those who haven’t yet settled on who they want to be.

– BCCB

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