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Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line. Fell Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line. Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist. When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?


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Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line. Fell Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line. Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist. When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?

30 review for Love, Comment, Subscribe

  1. 5 out of 5

    nitya

    Maybe the frenemies to lovers trope DOES deserve rights This was really adorable and engaging. I wanted more tbh, the social media/mental health commentary is needed. Content warning: sexism, racism (microaggressions), explicit sexual scenes

  2. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    absolutely charming main characters. they "felt" younger than they really were bc they were dealing with high school shit, but it's still super cute. absolutely charming main characters. they "felt" younger than they really were bc they were dealing with high school shit, but it's still super cute.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    I really enjoy this book. It has it all. The rom com, the silly yet smart banter. I like the conversation between Tobin and Lily. They are so sweet together. Miss Yardley done a good job spotlighting issue such as social media. Being influencer is a job. It comes with stress. A real stress. The pressure to keep up with how many votes can be really frustrating. The romance aspect is what makes Love, Comment , Subscribe so much fun to read. 4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    Love, Comment, Subscribe was such a cute book featuring two characters who are influencers. In this case, Lily is a beauty vlogger while Tobin is a Youtube gamer! I have always had a strong love for influencers in books~ I don't know, it looks so much fun, and I love seeing them use all the social media in their daily lives. I love seeing in this book that being a youtuber (and also a blogger and other social media job) is waaaaay harder than people think because yup the planning, the imaginatio Love, Comment, Subscribe was such a cute book featuring two characters who are influencers. In this case, Lily is a beauty vlogger while Tobin is a Youtube gamer! I have always had a strong love for influencers in books~ I don't know, it looks so much fun, and I love seeing them use all the social media in their daily lives. I love seeing in this book that being a youtuber (and also a blogger and other social media job) is waaaaay harder than people think because yup the planning, the imagination, the creativity, the burnout, the collabs - it's a lot of work and Cathy Yardley illustrates it perfectly. ♡ Frenemies to lovers ♡ They've known each other since kids and they never got along ♡ Now they have to collab in some videos and they get closer ♡ Snuggling!!! ♡ There are balls tightening in this book *eye emoji* I would say this is a slow burn but it's so beautiful. I love the organic nature of how the relationship develops ~ it's so soft and adorable! And when they finally kiss it's like everything is right in the world and you, as well as the characters, have been waiting for it impatiently lmao. And then it turns hot and oh boy it's so great. ♡ This book was so much fun!

  5. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.75 stars read on my blog rep: Taiwanese-American protagonist, biracial (Vietnamese, white) protagonist with ADHD, gay side characters **I received an ARC from the author through Netgalley (thank you, Cathy!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I was already interested in this book because of the summary, but then I read that the hero was half-Vietnamese. I’m always interested in reading about more Vietnamese characters in romance, so I was even mor 3.75 stars read on my blog rep: Taiwanese-American protagonist, biracial (Vietnamese, white) protagonist with ADHD, gay side characters **I received an ARC from the author through Netgalley (thank you, Cathy!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I was already interested in this book because of the summary, but then I read that the hero was half-Vietnamese. I’m always interested in reading about more Vietnamese characters in romance, so I was even more excited to read this book because of that. Love, Comment, Subscribe follows a sweet romance as well as examines the endless grind of being a content creator. Once high school frenemies, Lily and Tobin are now relatively big YouTubers, Lily a beauty vlogger and Tobin a miscellaneous jokester. When an opportunity arises for them to collaborate, they reluctantly set aside their high school animosity to expand their subscriber counts. They quickly realize that the two of them have more chemistry than they previously thought, as they grow closer with every video. I really liked the protagonists! Lily is organized and ambitious, while Tobin is more willing to go with the flow. They have to reconcile their different posting approaches while collaborating. This felt realistic when you think about the way Youtubers have different posting schedules and video types. Despite their differences, their chemistry is clear; I enjoyed reading their scenes together. Lily and Tobin were in the same friend group in high school but were always bickering. Even now, they bicker but I liked how they had those same experiences and memories to build on. What I found really interesting about this book was how it details how exhausting yet fulfilling it is to be a content creator. You have to work constantly to come up with ideas, then set up your idea, then actually carry them out. In their case, they have to edit the videos and post and promote them. It’s an endless cycle, and I liked how this book handled burnout and recovering from it. Representation-wise, Lily is Taiwanese-American and Tobin is is half-Vietnamese and half-white. He has ADHD, which I think is well-handled in the story. Love, Comment, Subscribe was a fun read. I think this book is the first in a series, and if the next book is about the couple I think it’s about, I’m very excited to read it. If you’re looking for a frenemies-to-lovers romance about content creators, I think you should definitely check Love, Comment, Subscribe out! original review: deep dive into what it takes to be a content creator and how that affects your life + romantic life! v cute too

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (2.5 stars) - A very contemporary romance novel... ... just so you have an idea of what you're going into. How well you like this will depend on what you consider romantic. So right off the bat we meet the protagonist at a low level influencer party with her trans makeup artist sidekick. She's trying to finesse some tickets to a bigger deal party with a mega-influencer who's apparently made it so big that she uses plural pronouns. JK. Now I know there's a vocal minority who will insist my annoyan (2.5 stars) - A very contemporary romance novel... ... just so you have an idea of what you're going into. How well you like this will depend on what you consider romantic. So right off the bat we meet the protagonist at a low level influencer party with her trans makeup artist sidekick. She's trying to finesse some tickets to a bigger deal party with a mega-influencer who's apparently made it so big that she uses plural pronouns. JK. Now I know there's a vocal minority who will insist my annoyance with that is because of hate or bigotry, but no, it's because I love words & how they allow us to express ourselves. We need words to mean what they mean, so that we can communicate in a shared language - that being the whole purpose of developing language in the first place. Better to make up your own instead of confusing people by trying to force new meanings on long established words. It's a small thing, but it's an illustration of the effort the author has put into writing a romance that's acceptable to cancel culture. There's the villain Jeffrey who's white, sexist, shallow & corporate. She even throws in a mention of some evil white youtube guys who make fun of political correctness while also being racist - because, they'd just have to be, wouldn't they? 🙄 It's sad that 10 years later, Lily is still desperately trying to join the popular kids, as the story begins with us watching Lily working hard to be part of the popular crowd. And Tobin is adrift looking for direction, struggling with the YouTuber equivalent of writer's block. Now, I like reading books that introduce me to jobs that I don't know much about. The problem is that the story more or less confirms the stereotype that social influencers are basically just varying levels of numbers-obsessed, hold-my-beer popularity chasers. Desperate to find or be the next big thing. Which is a shallow, meaningless existence. And boring. (I know there are plenty of exceptions, but what I'm saying is that I didn't learn that here) At 25% into the story, it's still setting things up, and I'm so not getting into the story. Finally, chapter 12 begins their collaboration & the story picks up a bit. Lily's sympathetic but not especially likeable until Tobin starts bringing out her more relaxed side. Which helps. Some. Then we get into Lily's need to scratch her sex itch. Bleh. Yes, talking about sex as an animal urge that needs to be satisfied is as engaging as talking about being hungry and wanting to eat. Way to make sex boring, too. They're getting together because they're both sex starved, in proximity, & their subscribers are shipping them. How sentimental. Wait! 66% in and Lily wants more than a shallow, meaningless hookup - I'm kind of pleasantly surprised, but waiting to see what that translates to in contemporary romance terms. Their paths converge and then they diverge. Well that's a classic romance development. Sure, Lily is self-absorbed in not seeing Tobin's needs, but Tobin actually told his followers his news before he sprung it on her which seems pretty crappy. Surprised that wasn't an issue, but I guess that's normal for media influencers? After devoting the entire book to being carefully PC and in touch with the zeitgeist of the age, the end turns all Hallmarky (plus another sex scene added on) which I thought was pretty unintentionally & ironically funny. There's actually a decent traditional romance plot mixed in with all the other stuff. Whether or not you enjoy it will depend on how you feel about all the other stuff. *Potential Content: Fairly frank talk; several graphic descriptions of sex PC gender fluid & gay stereotyped characters Medium level use of swears, including 31 f-bombs Some 8 dozen disrespectful & insensitive uses of God's Name, including 4 as curses

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)

    Tobin and Lily were unexpected and super adorable! I will not lie I did have some reservations about Lily! She was so rigid and by the book but I think that’s what the author was going for! Lily really had a lot to figure out and learn. I liked being a part of that journey and seeing her grow into a very confident woman! It’s amazing how much we got to know about both Tobin and Lily in their few weeks together! The author did an amazing job at character building! I feel and hope there are more N Tobin and Lily were unexpected and super adorable! I will not lie I did have some reservations about Lily! She was so rigid and by the book but I think that’s what the author was going for! Lily really had a lot to figure out and learn. I liked being a part of that journey and seeing her grow into a very confident woman! It’s amazing how much we got to know about both Tobin and Lily in their few weeks together! The author did an amazing job at character building! I feel and hope there are more Nerd Herd books in the future because I need to know some more about these amazing characters. I love that one of the themes we see in the book is to not give up on yourself! Both characters had many doubts about themselves and in the end they just needed to have faith and believe in their vision! I think this book is a great read and was very enjoyable!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Martin

    I went into this book almost completely blind. I had read one book of Cathy Yardley’s previously, and loved it. I knew I was going to get a well written story, with characters that I would love. As a book reviewer and blogger, I found so many parallels about how utterly hard it can be on social media sites, to constantly be original and try and increase numbers. This author did an excellent job of portraying that. I am so glad that the author included mental health as part of this book, and the I went into this book almost completely blind. I had read one book of Cathy Yardley’s previously, and loved it. I knew I was going to get a well written story, with characters that I would love. As a book reviewer and blogger, I found so many parallels about how utterly hard it can be on social media sites, to constantly be original and try and increase numbers. This author did an excellent job of portraying that. I am so glad that the author included mental health as part of this book, and the need to take a break. Lily and Tobin definitely have the enemies to lovers trope going for them, but that underlying attraction peeked out right from the start, and it hooked me right away. I was able to relate to both characters, each in their own way. Since this one book already has a series title, I’m beyond excited to see where the next book will take us, and which side characters (which were amazing), will be featured!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily Neilsen

    I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I opened it and couldn’t put it down until it was done or at least until one of my kids needed something from me. The chemistry between Lily and Tobin is off the charts. The way they are friends but not really and definitely not enemies but just the spark that grows between these two is outstanding. I just adore Cathy Yardley and her writing and I just am so glad I got to read this and cannot wait to read more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    One thing I love about being a prime member is that I get Amazon First Reads, which is a book that you receive a month before it's available to others which is how I grabbed my first ever Cathy Yardley book. I had received an ARC of this book the week before, funny how things work out it was like the universe was telling me I had to read this book and soon. I didn't have a chance to read it before the release but once I was able to sit and enjoy it I downloaded the audio version so I would be su One thing I love about being a prime member is that I get Amazon First Reads, which is a book that you receive a month before it's available to others which is how I grabbed my first ever Cathy Yardley book. I had received an ARC of this book the week before, funny how things work out it was like the universe was telling me I had to read this book and soon. I didn't have a chance to read it before the release but once I was able to sit and enjoy it I downloaded the audio version so I would be submerged into the world of Love, Comment, Subscribe and I'm so glad I did because Jenapher Zheng and David Lee Huynh did a wonderful job of bringing Lily and Tobin to life. This book is such a reflection of the times we are living in. You have bloggers and vloggers all trying their hardest to get noticed and believe me when I tell you it isn't easy. Lily and Tobin will show you just how hard it can be in this sweet and sexy read. Lily Wang wanted to be popular in high school but she wasn't one of the cool kids, she was part of the Nerd Herd along with Tobin Bui. They each have their own vlogging channels on YouTube and are always looking for something new to do to entice new viewers to Love, Comment, and Subscribe to their channels. We are taken on the journey to not only find new followers but so much more. I not only loved Lily and Tobin but all of their friends from their High School days that we have met and I am really looking forward to continuing this series. If you enjoy New Adult Romances, Contemporary Romances, RomComs or Friends-to-Lovers Romances I would recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)

    I connected to this book on a lot of levels.  I loved both characters and empathized with them, but more than anything I loved how they brought their unique brands together to collaborate and create something that both of their audiences could enjoy. Uniquely brilliant! Lily and Tobin are both influencers on YouTube. While what they vlog about are completely different things, Tobin is more of a gamer and unique commentator on random events and Lily is into beauty and fashion, how in the world cou I connected to this book on a lot of levels.  I loved both characters and empathized with them, but more than anything I loved how they brought their unique brands together to collaborate and create something that both of their audiences could enjoy. Uniquely brilliant! Lily and Tobin are both influencers on YouTube. While what they vlog about are completely different things, Tobin is more of a gamer and unique commentator on random events and Lily is into beauty and fashion, how in the world could these two worlds ever combine to form a partnership in a collaboration? Especially when they can hardly stand to be in the same room together for a few minutes. It's actually that premise that pulls their viewers in and makes the clicks and comments roll out. Fiery chemistry that began long ago when they used to banter back in high school. Would they kill each other or make out like mad? The entire concept pulled me because honestly, I had to know that answer just like their viewers. I seriously wanted to know what these two were going to do to entertain two entirely different vlogging audiences and also if Lily and Tobin were going to take things further. There was no creativity left behind because what these two came up with was pure brilliance!! Every moment between Lily and Tobin was fantastic. Not only were these two vloggers a unique collaboration, but it also ended up changing the trajectory of both of their lives. Is there love involved...it wouldn't be a romance if somebody didn't fall, right? But, more than that, these two completed the other more than they ever thought possible. When they should have ended up killing each other, they end up...well not. It's sweet and funny and all things fun that I love in a great book. I'll definitely be picking up another Cathy Yardley book again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Lily is a beauty Youtuber. She is doing pretty good for herself, but she needs to get her stats up to get a company to pick up her makeup line. When here agent suggest she collaborate with another Youtuber she realizes getting her stats up will need to take some work and popularity. The hard work part is easy, she has been working hard her whole life. But the popularity.....well that one is going to take a miracle. Tobin has been doing humor his whole life. But he is in a slump. Trying to top th Lily is a beauty Youtuber. She is doing pretty good for herself, but she needs to get her stats up to get a company to pick up her makeup line. When here agent suggest she collaborate with another Youtuber she realizes getting her stats up will need to take some work and popularity. The hard work part is easy, she has been working hard her whole life. But the popularity.....well that one is going to take a miracle. Tobin has been doing humor his whole life. But he is in a slump. Trying to top the last hot viral video he has released. He has the support of fans and his friends, but it feels like that is just not enough. Imagine his surprise though when Lily contacts him out of the blue wanting to collaborate. She was the determined one of the Nerd Herd in high school. It seems nothing has changed there. With loads of doubt and a push from his agent he embarks on a journey that he is positive will end with her killing him. This book was a huge surprise. When I picked it up and started reading it I was skeptical. It started off a tad slow. I almost put it down, but then I got past the first two chapters and it slapped me in the face. I could not put it down. It was a extremely well written story of overcoming low self esteem. This book touches on many subjects that help readers relate to life. And life is not pretty. It is hard and everyone is supposed to have this image. An image that if you don't have it, then you are not in the popular crowd. It touches on how all people are special and if given the chance to really know them you will love them. Overall this was a beautiful and very entertaining story. It is filled with love, pain and struggles. The characters are unique and interesting. I love Tobin and his personality. He is a real fun loving guy who seems to live life to the fullest. Lily is a beautiful girl and her struggles are heart breaking. Her desire to be popular could cost her everything. This creates a world for a series, with many stories intertwined into the main story. I really enjoyed all the characters in the Nerd Herd. I would love to see more from them. I especially hope that Emily and Vinh get a book. Their story seems very intriguing and heart breaking. Looking forward to more....

  13. 4 out of 5

    annabutgonerogue

    to quote this book “i wanted to yeet him into the sun”. just replace “he” with “this book” and it sums everything up quite nicely. 2.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Love, Comment, Subscribe By Cathy Yardley How could I have not read a Cathy Yardley book before. This book is my first and definitely would not be my last. I happen to be an #ownvoice reviewer for this book and love the representation of a Taiwanese American protagonist. The story is about Lily and Tobin who knew each other in high school but not really fond of each other. Many years later, both are rising social media stars and could really help each other gain the following, hence the collaborat Love, Comment, Subscribe By Cathy Yardley How could I have not read a Cathy Yardley book before. This book is my first and definitely would not be my last. I happen to be an #ownvoice reviewer for this book and love the representation of a Taiwanese American protagonist. The story is about Lily and Tobin who knew each other in high school but not really fond of each other. Many years later, both are rising social media stars and could really help each other gain the following, hence the collaboration. Their chemistry together heats up as their videos become viral. I thought the writing was engaging and I enjoyed the characters and their never give up attitude and to believe in themselves. The character building was amazing to read and see their arc throughout the story. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deonna

    What a pleasant surprise! Thanks to my Amazon Prime membership for giving me early access to this novel coming out October 1, 2021. Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley follows Tobin (GoofyBui) and Lily (EverLily) to successful YouTubers who've just happened to know each other basically their entire lives. While Tobin was always silly and a go-with-the-follow type of guy, Lily was always by the book and driven for success and popularity. This obviously caused a lot of banter and teasing thr What a pleasant surprise! Thanks to my Amazon Prime membership for giving me early access to this novel coming out October 1, 2021. Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley follows Tobin (GoofyBui) and Lily (EverLily) to successful YouTubers who've just happened to know each other basically their entire lives. While Tobin was always silly and a go-with-the-follow type of guy, Lily was always by the book and driven for success and popularity. This obviously caused a lot of banter and teasing throughout the years between them. However, years go by, things change, and people drift apart. At least, that's how it usually goes until Lily offers up an opportunity that just might shift their relationship to a whole other playing field. Lily is tasked with trying to build her subscribers so that she can start getting more opportunities and boosting her career while Tobin is suddenly uninspired with the content he's putting out and is stuck in a rut. However, Lily brings an unlikely collaboration to his doorstep that might just win the hearts of their viewers and each other. Throughout this book, we watch as Tobin and Lily participate in their usual banter as if they haven't been away from each other all these years and uncover things about their relationship and each other that they might've never noticed otherwise. Such a cute romance showing that YouTube couples aren't always cringy. I really enjoying Tobin and Lily's dynamic and how easily they fit together. Although Lily was rather annoying in the beginning, I loved how Tobin smoothed out some of her rough edges and helped her realize the importance of taking a break and self-care. I think that's one of my favorite parts of this book and why I resonated with Tobin in the end because he advocated for himself regardless of what anybody else thought and really made sure to take care of himself when it got too much because working until you burn out or just can't anymore isn't the flex a lot of people in the hustle culture think it is. I also thank the heavens and Cathy for not including the god-awful miscommunication trope. I hate that trope so much and I was very scared when I was like 250 pages in because I didn't want it to get to that point but it didn't and for that I am grateful. We also get introduced to another couple (no spoilers on that) and I'm super excited for them because I think I'll love their dynamic and history (probably even more than Lily and Tobin, oops.). Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book a lot and I hope you all are on the look out for October 1, 2021!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    She's a beauty influencer. He's a gamer. They each have millions of subscribers. However, it does not seem like enough. Needing to create more content to keep the momentum of likes going higher and higher, Lily Wang (EverLily) and Toby Bui (GoofyBui) begin a collaboration between their channels. This will not come easy for either of them, because although having known each other since grade school, they are enemies and their memories of their pasts is not good. How will their first reaction vide She's a beauty influencer. He's a gamer. They each have millions of subscribers. However, it does not seem like enough. Needing to create more content to keep the momentum of likes going higher and higher, Lily Wang (EverLily) and Toby Bui (GoofyBui) begin a collaboration between their channels. This will not come easy for either of them, because although having known each other since grade school, they are enemies and their memories of their pasts is not good. How will their first reaction video go? They are opposites in just about every way. Will their different take on things cause everything to crash and burn, or will they hit the ground running? He is energetic, and has ADHD. She is calm, thoughtful, and not one to improvise. Considering these differences, and their vastly different content, this is a huge risk to both of their social media presences. Love, Comment, Subscribe is a New Adult novel that will definitely appeal to a large audience. The story is relatable and quite enjoyable, with a few surprises along the way. While Toby and Lily certainly had their differences, it didn't take them long to move past feelings of negativity and dislike to see something underneath. Something compelling. How they got there was a delight to read. As much as I enjoy social media and truly think that I could never live without it, this book gave a terrific window into the hard work that keeping up a strong presence requires. Exhausting, but rewarding. This enjoyable read had diverse characters and the frenemies to lovers trope was handled quite well as the scenarios were compelling. There was more than one message in this book such as bringing attention to mental health when one's life is in front of the camera. I love that this is the first book in a new series and I can't wait to see what's next. Many thanks to Montlake and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    One thing I love about being a prime member is that I get Amazon First Reads, which is a book that you receive a month before it's available to others which is how I grabbed my first ever Cathy Yardley book. I had received an ARC of this book the week before, funny how things work out it was like the universe was telling me I had to read this book and soon. I didn't have a chance to read it before the release but once I was able to sit and enjoy it I downloaded the audio version so I would be su One thing I love about being a prime member is that I get Amazon First Reads, which is a book that you receive a month before it's available to others which is how I grabbed my first ever Cathy Yardley book. I had received an ARC of this book the week before, funny how things work out it was like the universe was telling me I had to read this book and soon. I didn't have a chance to read it before the release but once I was able to sit and enjoy it I downloaded the audio version so I would be submerged into the world of Love, Comment, Subscribe and I'm so glad I did because Jenapher Zheng and David Lee Huynh did a wonderful job of bringing Lily and Tobin to life. This book is such a reflection of the times we are living in. You have bloggers and vloggers all trying their hardest to get noticed and believe me when I tell you it isn't easy. Lily and Tobin will show you just how hard it can be in this sweet and sexy read. Lily Wang wanted to be popular in high school but she wasn't one of the cool kids, she was part of the Nerd Herd along with Tobin Bui. They each have their own vlogging channels on YouTube and are always looking for something new to do to entice new viewers to Love, Comment, and Subscribe to their channels. We are taken on the journey to not only find new followers but so much more. I not only loved Lily and Tobin but all of their friends from their High School days that we have met and I am really looking forward to continuing this series. If you enjoy New Adult Romances, Contemporary Romances, RomComs or Friends-to-Lovers Romances I would recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!!! Read an Excerpt here: http://bit.ly/NBReviewLCS You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    This was super cute and I really loved the main characters. It’s kinda sorta a second change book but maybe not really? All I know is they’ve known each other for 20 years and they are only 28. They danced around each other back in high school-only back then they were closer to hate than love. You know that hate and love are pretty close or so they say. Toben definitely had a crush back then but never told her. Now apart for several years, maybe it’s their time finally? Both are Asian or part As This was super cute and I really loved the main characters. It’s kinda sorta a second change book but maybe not really? All I know is they’ve known each other for 20 years and they are only 28. They danced around each other back in high school-only back then they were closer to hate than love. You know that hate and love are pretty close or so they say. Toben definitely had a crush back then but never told her. Now apart for several years, maybe it’s their time finally? Both are Asian or part Asian, both like gaming online and both are successful YouTube influencers only in totally different areas of interest. Things get really interesting when they decide to work together on each of their pages in order to up their ratings. What could go wrong/right? Fun read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Fong

    Love Comment Subscribe is a cute Frenemies to Lovers, angsty story with plenty of heart. Lily and Tobin are young adults in the virtual age. She a vlogger, he is a gamer. Lily is the extrovert, Tobin the introvert, the list of why they shouldn’t be together is vast and long. The struggles to keep up affect us regular every-day users too. The attraction is apparent and the interactions adorkable. I am excited to see where book 2 take us.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Green

    I loved this! It's incredibly cute. Maybe my favorite thing about this was the in-depth look at what the influencer life can entail if you'll be pursuing it as a full-time career. The algorithm, the constant struggle to produce new content, growing subscriber count, keeping the subscribers you have - all the not-so-sexy parts of being online-famous were explored with depth here and it helped to bring Lily and Tobin together. They really understood each other, and despite being enemies of a kind, I loved this! It's incredibly cute. Maybe my favorite thing about this was the in-depth look at what the influencer life can entail if you'll be pursuing it as a full-time career. The algorithm, the constant struggle to produce new content, growing subscriber count, keeping the subscribers you have - all the not-so-sexy parts of being online-famous were explored with depth here and it helped to bring Lily and Tobin together. They really understood each other, and despite being enemies of a kind, they both had something real to gain from their cooperation, which you don't always find in enemies-to-lovers books. On top of that, the whole thing was just so sweet! It was a slow burn for sure, but time was spent building the relationship and when they finally got together there was a real sense of a payoff for previous setup. Can't wait to read more from Cathy Yardley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    charming, light, frenemies to lovers trope - loved it! 4++

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 STARS This was the light, fun read I had anticipated. Tobin was adorable! I sometimes had a difficult time relating the social influencer world. Also, I was disappointed people in the late 20's still focused so much on high school events. Overall, it was charming. I will definitely continue with the series. Audio - The beginning was bizarre and two/three chapters repeated themselves. I hope the kinks are adjusted. 3.5 STARS This was the light, fun read I had anticipated. Tobin was adorable! I sometimes had a difficult time relating the social influencer world. Also, I was disappointed people in the late 20's still focused so much on high school events. Overall, it was charming. I will definitely continue with the series. Audio - The beginning was bizarre and two/three chapters repeated themselves. I hope the kinks are adjusted.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sasa

    4.5 I loved this book so much. It's combines everything I love about adult contemporary romances and the star power of East/Southeast Asian influencers like OfflineTV and Friends and Michelle Phan. I docked points because being in Lily's head was so annoying sometimes. She was incredibly selfish, awful to her friends until the end, and most chapters from her POV were "telling and not showing." Even now, I don't know anything about Lily besides the fact that she's hardworking and she really wants 4.5 I loved this book so much. It's combines everything I love about adult contemporary romances and the star power of East/Southeast Asian influencers like OfflineTV and Friends and Michelle Phan. I docked points because being in Lily's head was so annoying sometimes. She was incredibly selfish, awful to her friends until the end, and most chapters from her POV were "telling and not showing." Even now, I don't know anything about Lily besides the fact that she's hardworking and she really wants to run with the "it" crowd. Well into adulthood, she spent the majority of the book trying to prove her worth to the popular kids—people who don't give a shit about her. I'm ride-or-die for my friends so I can't even imagine being that desperate for attention from a group that won't matter after high school. However, I did love Tobin Bui. He's a sweet, mixed Vietnamese himbo and I loved how soft and loving he was to Lily, even when she didn't deserve it. The inevitable third act breakup scene made me really uncomfortable mostly because I hate the trope, but the ending and the lessons Lily learned kinda made it worth it. Love, Comment, Subscribe should be made into a movie because I'd love to see more East/Southeast Asian romcoms and give nods to the East/Southeast Asian influencers who made a name for us. I also love all of the social commentaries sprinkled throughout the book. I can't wait for more from this series. I really wanna know what's going on between Emily and Vinh and I hope it's just as juicy!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Outstanding! This is my first book by this author and the first prime reads I've read before the book is released. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the premise and love the multicultural aspects of the characters. I can totally relate to how they feel. This book is relevant with the times with social media and influences being a big thing nowadays. I enjoyed the banter between Toben and Lily. The collaboration was hilarious and incentive. It was great seeing their relationship grow and how g Outstanding! This is my first book by this author and the first prime reads I've read before the book is released. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the premise and love the multicultural aspects of the characters. I can totally relate to how they feel. This book is relevant with the times with social media and influences being a big thing nowadays. I enjoyed the banter between Toben and Lily. The collaboration was hilarious and incentive. It was great seeing their relationship grow and how good they are for each other. There were so many lessons in this book. Self-care, being yourself, finding true friends, and understanding others. It was a delight reading this book. I'm not sure why many complaints are about the vulgar words in the book when there are shows much worse and I'm sure everyone has cursed in their heads and if they haven't, they're lying. The book did not have excessive curse words. The steam factor was pretty good too! Toben and Lily have had years to build up the foreplay and chemistry. Overall, I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one day. It was a sweet and quick read with such a great story with so many life lessons. I'm definitely am excited to read more from the other characters. I totally am hoping the next book is about Emily and Vinh. And I'll totally be dropping everything to read that!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Thoroughly enjoyed it! Fun contemporary romance, 2 half-Asian leads, enemies-to-lovers, diverse cast of friends, great ADHD rep (imho) This is a super fun, enjoyable read. The story flows easily and while it is a bit stereotypical at times, overall this is a cute, feel good romance. I liked the set up - high school friends/enemies meet 10 years after graduation when their agents suggest they do a collaboration for their youtube channels. I don't really follow any youtubers and I found the behind-t Thoroughly enjoyed it! Fun contemporary romance, 2 half-Asian leads, enemies-to-lovers, diverse cast of friends, great ADHD rep (imho) This is a super fun, enjoyable read. The story flows easily and while it is a bit stereotypical at times, overall this is a cute, feel good romance. I liked the set up - high school friends/enemies meet 10 years after graduation when their agents suggest they do a collaboration for their youtube channels. I don't really follow any youtubers and I found the behind-the-scenes very interesting. I liked both Lily and Tobin and I found I could relate to their struggles regardless how different they were. They were opposites in many ways but had more similarities than appeared on the surface. I really liked how they brought the best in each other. For a light-hearted romance this story had unexpected depths - undiagnosed ADHD and how it affects every aspect of one's life, family expectations and pressure, demands on content creators to produce new, imaginative, fun/clever content all the time. As a long-time blogger I felt some of their struggles very close to me. It's just a hobby for me, they make their living via Youtube but the pressure they were under felt very real to me. I liked their diverse group of friends (enemies), both MCs are half-Asian and there are a bunch of queer characters as well. It read very natural too me, nothing felt force or out of place. The greatest strength of the story for me was the idea of finding a balance in your life and making a relationship work despite the odds. Both Lily and Tobin need to put in the work to overcome their personal issues. Being together was no miracle cure though it did put things in perspective for both of them. I admit to liking him a tiny bit more than her, she came off more closed off. His whole storyline was richer, more developed than hers imo. I appreciate the way his creative block was presented and his struggles to admit it and finally deal with it. He prioritized his mental health over work/fame/success and that is a such a powerful message to me. my only complaint is that the ending was too neat, all issues were resolved in more or less fairytale manner. There are also some stereotypical representations in the story that could have been avoided. Still, overall I enjoyed this book a lot and can highly recommend it. CW: undiagnosed ADHD, burnout

  26. 4 out of 5

    ✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

    Genre/Tropes: Contemporary, RomCom STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥 I tried to like this one but honestly, I felt like this was a bit heavy on PC/Cancel Culture. Add in the fact that I was in it for the romance and instead I found a social-media obsessed central conflict and very little believable romance, and I can say that while I didn’t hate the book, it was just okay. I get it. We all have our own opinions about things but this book had every issue from trans representation, pronouns, bad white men…I mean whew. Genre/Tropes: Contemporary, RomCom STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥 I tried to like this one but honestly, I felt like this was a bit heavy on PC/Cancel Culture. Add in the fact that I was in it for the romance and instead I found a social-media obsessed central conflict and very little believable romance, and I can say that while I didn’t hate the book, it was just okay. I get it. We all have our own opinions about things but this book had every issue from trans representation, pronouns, bad white men…I mean whew. I read non-fiction to escape. I don’t need that stuff in my books. I’m not saying any more because this is a me thing but it’s a BIG me thing. The FMC was whiny and self-absorbed. The MMC was fake and childish. I already roll my eyes at most “influencers” IRL, so I wasn’t sure what to expect here but I found myself doing the same thing. I also love smut. I also love YA. This was somewhere in between and a bit awkward. But the writing is good, so credit is due.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was pretty cute. Well written, fun characters, good story. I wanted a fluffy book to read, something that was easy to read and didn't require a lot of concentration (if you know what I mean). This fit the bill perfectly. Lily went to Ponto High School and aspired to be one of the popular girls. Instead she was friends with a group that called themselves The Nerd Herd. And while she loved her friends, she felt they would take in anyone... like the were all friends because they had all be This book was pretty cute. Well written, fun characters, good story. I wanted a fluffy book to read, something that was easy to read and didn't require a lot of concentration (if you know what I mean). This fit the bill perfectly. Lily went to Ponto High School and aspired to be one of the popular girls. Instead she was friends with a group that called themselves The Nerd Herd. And while she loved her friends, she felt they would take in anyone... like the were all friends because they had all been rejected by everyone else. Her senior year she was determined to break into the popular group. She wore the perfect outfit, had the perfect makeup, and was still rejected. 10 years later Lily is a beauty influencer on social media. She has a good, loyal, following but she still had a way to go to be the success she wants to be. She has a rigid schedule where she records her video, edits, and posts. She's never missed a posting in 5 years. She goes to influencer parties to make contacts and potentially collaborate with someone. She can tell her material is getting stale and she needs to do something. Tobin was part of the Nerd Herd in high school and he loved to torment Lily. Everyone was sure that she would kill him one day. He also was into putting content out in social media. His channel focused on game reviews or funny clips and videos. He put one together that referenced LOTR and it went viral. Lily was at a party and Tobin's video was referenced and she mentioned that she knew him. Desperate, once again, to fit in to the popular people at the party, she was put on the spot and called him. It was awkward but wasn't as bad as she had thought it would be. Then she was told by her agent that she needed more followers to get the sponsors she wanted. As weird as it might seem, a collaboration with Tobin might be just what she needs. She showed up at his house (she had moved to LA, about 2 1/2 hours away from Ponto) and gave him her proposal. He told her it would never work. Humiliated she returned home. But she had no new ideas on what to do. Tobin soon realized he also was in a rut and had lost his inspiration. His agents were pushing him for ideas and after rejecting all of them, in desperation he mentioned the collaboration with Lily. And they actually liked the idea. So he sucked up his pride and told Lily he changed his mind. They agreed to do 6 videos, 3 on her channel and 3 on his. Tobin went first and had Lily over to his house to play a dating Sim. But as she's playing the game, all of a sudden in turned into a horror/slasher game and it scared the crap out of her. (which was Tobin's hope as he knew they would get a ton of views off her reaction). But she was pissed that he made her look ridiculous, and when people start scaring her in real life Tobin realized he may have gone too far. Lily's video was a makeover, to take Tobin from nerd to 'Hawt'. And it worked. Viewers were noticing the chemistry between the two of them. And Lily and Tobin were finding it hard to deny it. Video 3 was filming sleepover ghost stories. Video 4 was giving each other makeovers. Video 5 was a reaction video of Lily watching a scary movie. By this point, they have undeniable feelings for each other. They've been making out and can't wait to see each other. Video 6 was a video where they are saying how they are definitely not a couple, while they are doing things that make it seem like the opposite. (feeding each other food, rubbing on sunscreen, taking a bath together, and getting into bed together). The video went viral. But Tobin was burnt out. He was in love with Lily but he needed a break. He decided to take a month or two and travel to Australia. He told his agents, he told his parents (who he always struggled with accepting his profession) and finally he went and told Lily. She had just gotten a big break with a sponsor deal and was excited her career was finally starting to take off. And Tobin shows up and tells her he wants her to go with him. He doesn't want to do any filming, he mentally needs a break and recharge. Lily is baffled because his career is taking off. He has offers to do voice acting, tours, and other collaborations. She knows that taking two months off when you are 'hot' is career suicide in their world. So she pushes back when he talks to her about the trip. Besides, he doesn't seem to care what it would do to her career. This all goes down at their 10 year high school reunion. Lily had hoped to show the popular kids that she had made it and was successful. Instead they made her feel like crap and then she had her fight with Tobin. But talking to her friend Emily made her realize that she had dismissed Tobin when he was telling her that his mental health was suffering. And he needed this break. And Tobin realized that it wasn't fair to just spring a 'give up on your career and come with me to Australia' request on her. Lily took to her social media and put out a post. She told her followers that she was going to be making changes to her content. It wouldn't be as rigid with her posting and and she would be getting more 'real'. Lily had finally had her epiphany about 'being popular' and realized that it really didn't matter. And then she put out a public apology (and love confession). Tobin's friends alerted him to her posting, so he quickly diverted his plan and went to Lily's house. They talked. They made up. They came up with a new plan. She went to Australia with him for a couple weeks, but she did film content while she was there. He stayed longer, came back rejuvenated. A year later she had moved to Ponto (into Tobin's house, though they were going to look for a new house together) and they were figuring things out. They were both doing well with their careers. Like I said, cute story. I know almost nothing about inflluencers. I don't have any interest in that kind of stuff (Gen X here) but I do acknowledge that it is very popular with the younger generations and it was interesting reading about it from an influencer point of view. Definitely confirmed that is not the life for me. I would definitely recommend and I'll probably keep reading this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LaShawn Wiltz

    Too cute This was too cute! Perfect ROM com material and I was rooting for both of the characters! And I can totally see where the next book is going

  29. 4 out of 5

    InkSlinger PR

    InkSlinger PR is excited to be working with Cathy Yardley on the release events for LOVE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, book 1 in the all-new Ponto Beach Reunion Series! You can sign up for the release events here: http://bit.ly/IS-LoveCommentSubscribe InkSlinger PR is excited to be working with Cathy Yardley on the release events for LOVE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, book 1 in the all-new Ponto Beach Reunion Series! You can sign up for the release events here: http://bit.ly/IS-LoveCommentSubscribe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Love, Comment, Subscribe is a frienemies-to-lovers, there's only one bed (twice!) story, and I was here for it! Lily and Tobin have known each other for 20+ years, and have been fairly antagonistic for a good chunk of that. Lily, who was always interested in fashion and beauty (and, unfortunately, also in what everyone else--especially the "popular" kids--thought of her), left their small town as soon as she could for LA to start a career as a beauty influencer while Tobin stayed in their small Love, Comment, Subscribe is a frienemies-to-lovers, there's only one bed (twice!) story, and I was here for it! Lily and Tobin have known each other for 20+ years, and have been fairly antagonistic for a good chunk of that. Lily, who was always interested in fashion and beauty (and, unfortunately, also in what everyone else--especially the "popular" kids--thought of her), left their small town as soon as she could for LA to start a career as a beauty influencer while Tobin stayed in their small town--though interestingly enough, he also made a living making YouTube videos. When a collab between their channels is first proposed--Lily's hoping to take her brand to the next level, and Tobin's looking for new inspiration--neither of them thinks it could possibly work...or could it? I loved seeing what ideas for videos they each came up with--never have I ever wanted an instant book-to-screen conversion more, because OMG they all sounded fabulous, and I was almost afraid my imagination couldn't do them justice! (No shade on Cathy Yardley's writing abilities--she did a great job, but honestly it might have been too good, because I had a burning need to see Tobin in that suit in the flesh...;)) Their channels' current stats and most recent comments at the beginning of many of the channels was a fun touch too; I especially liked seeing followers from her channel join his and vice versa, and how commenters on both channels stuck up for both Lily and Tobin when things got dicey. Seeing Lily and Tobin on the page together, it wasn't at all shocking to find out that their friends had thought for years that their relationship had the potential to turn into something more, despite their antagonism--their chemistry is fantastic! For a lot of the book, though, it does seem as if an actual relationship might be beyond their reach. Her life's in LA and involves going to all kinds of influencer parties and launches, and his is 2+ hours away before taking LA traffic into consideration and involves a whole lot of playing video games and pranks. Their approach to their businesses are seemingly incompatible too, a factor that will play a major role in their relationship's dreaded black moment. I loved these two together. Their chemistry! The videos! The cuteness! I loved that Tobin wasn't afraid to admit he enjoyed things that aren't usually considered masculine, like cuddling, and that he was completely OK with letting Lily use him as her canvas for millions of their viewers to see. And the fact that he is self aware enough to know what he needed to take care of his own mental health and didn't shy away from letting everyone else know about it? 100% here for it. I also loved the way they resolved their differences in the end, with both of them admitting the roles they played in it but the person who was really more in the wrong making a truly touching gesture that showed just how much they had grown. I cannot wait for more of this series! We get some teasers here about who might also be paired up thanks to the Ponto Beach Reunion, and it's gonna be great! Rating: 4 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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