Reviews for The Astrid Notes:

Jasper and Spice: "There is this thing with this novel, where within the first couple pages of a character’s existence, I fell completely and utterly in love with them, their quirks and relationship with others….Even if [the novel] did break my heart at the start, it was whole again by the end."

Goodreads Reviewer loves The Astrid Notes: "Heaps of emotion. Brilliant voice. Perfect." 

Brooklyn the Bookworm Blog: "I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s just got so much heart and soul poured into it, and coupled with the theme of music throughout and self discovery and not giving in or up, this makes for wholly remarkable and memorable reading!

Instagram Reviewer (_bookworm94_) "Astrid and Jacob. Within the first two chapters they had my full attention and heart."

Lizz Reads Blog "...beautifully written, heartfelt, sad and beautiful all at the same time, and I will be definitely picking up Taryn’s other book, The Harper Effect."

Goodreads Reviewer, talking about The Astrid Notes, says: "A beautifully written story of two souls bound by privilege and troubled by past (and recent) events! There are three main elements that I absolutely fell in love with while reading Bashford’s The Astrid Notes: The tragic backstories, the dual perspectives and the allusion of music."

Reviews for The Harper Effect:

Kirkus Reviews raves that "Details about tennis and the struggles of teens on the cusp of adulthood are nicely balanced. Harper is well-characterized, and the secondary characters, including coaches and parents, ring true. Colt and his backstory are compelling, and the revelations are skillfully handled. The match action is pitch-perfect...A layered romance in a unique setting." (The Harper Effect)

Publisher's Weekly says "debut author Bashford captures the conflicting emotions of a teen facing more than her share of dilemmas. Harper’s struggle to sort out priorities, understand the meaning of love, & emerge a winner will be strongly felt."​ (The Harper Effect)

School Library Journal: "This sports romance will have readers asking all the right questions about growing up. Fans of Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry will enjoy the dialogue and bildungsroman style." (The Harper Effect)

Teen Reads: "A heartfelt story about perseverance, believing in yourself, family and love, THE HARPER EFFECT did not disappoint. Bashford kept me hooked from the first page. I was so engrossed, I ended up reading it in one day." (The Harper Effect)

5 Stars: (The Harper Effect)  “An exciting peek inside the world of professional tennis, this adorable young adult romance will leave you wanting to hit fireballs at your opponent across the court andsnuggling up to your doubles partner after the match!” --Kristine Asselin, author of Any Way You Slice It

5 Stars: (The Harper Effect) "Taryn Bashford has done a marvelous job blending tennis, teen angst and family strife. Harper is a flawed but totally relatable young woman who finds her better self through challenges to her rigid beliefs. I loved how committed and determined she was, yet so clueless and fragile at the same time. Not a single relationship in this book is simple, and that’s a testament to Bashford’s superior writing." --Alice Kaltman, author of WAVEHOUSE

5 Stars: (The Harper Effect) "This novel is the kind of book that makes me want to be a better writer. There are so many wonderful things about this book: a high stakes plot, a gripping love story, characters who breathe and live on the page, details that place us in the exciting and unfamiliar world of professional tennis... Beautifully written, this story will stick with me for a long, long time. I only wish I would have had this novel when I was a teenager." --Tara Gilboy, author of UNWRITTEN.

5 Stars: (The Harper Effect) "We've all faced that moment, when your life is turned upside down and the people, the carefully planned future, everything disappears. What we do in that moment is what makes us human, and that means that this book is, above all, about being human: growing up, coming to terms with who you are, and facing the struggles that make us real. I enjoyed every second of this read, and I know others will, too!" --Caryn Lix, author of SANCTUARY.

5 Stars: "The Harper Effect is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age novel. But at its core, it's a story of resilience. I really appreciated how every character had his/her own challenges to overcome-- and it was fascinating to get a glimpse inside the world of professional tennis. A fast-paced and cinematic read."Ingrid Palmer, author of ALL OUT OF PRETTY 

5 Stars: "The Harper Effect is an unapologetic, realistic novel about an ambitious young woman navigating the tough, complicated world of professional sports. Whether interested in sports themselves or not, readers will relate to Harper, the protagonist, who is tenacious, reflective and authentic – she makes mistakes, but she also searches for ways to fix those, to reconcile with herself, while remaining true to her identity as an athlete, a sister and a daughter, and, above all, a young woman. The novel doesn’t shy away from the topics of disadvantage, class, and access to opportunity – all very important when writing about professional athletes. Feminist, sex-positive, and extremely well-written, this book is an anthem for all determined girls out there, regardless of where in life they find their purpose."--Katya de Becerra, author of WHAT THE WOODS KEEP

5 Stars: (The Harper Effect) “I am such a sucker for people falling in love after being forced to team up!...I loved the family drama, all the sports talk, and of course, I loved Colt. Sexy!”—Vicky Skinner, author of HOW TO BREATH UNDERWATER

5 Stars: "The Harper Effect is an absolute must read, and one I cannot recommend highly enough. It’s a story of childhood connections and memories, of emotional turmoil, of regret, of bad choices, of growing up and becoming your own person, to reconnecting and finding that place of healing. This book has it all.” --Juliann Wallace, author of VANILLA SWIRL

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The Harper Effect grabs your attention right from the first sentence. Harper’s struggles to find her way through the challenges that face her at home, on the tennis court and within her own heart make for engrossing reading, with characters who stay on your mind. Taryn Bashford transports the reader into the world of International Competitive Tennis with ease and has created one of the most thrilling on court face offs you’ll see outside Wimbledon! A satisfying, heartfelt and unique story.


Review by Ellie Royce, Author of The Letterbooks and Amy's Secret Passion for Fashion

The Harper Effect. In the fast paced world of international tennis 17 year old Harper is on a personal quest to prove herself. But first Harper must find a way to overcome a debilitating losing streak and also get along with her mixed doubles partner, Colt, who is handsome, driven and totally infuriating. An exciting story line, intense chemistry, and snappy dialogue will have readers cheering out loud and wanting more.


Review by Elizabeth Kasmer, winner of the 2015 Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award and author of Becoming Aurora.


The Harper Effect is Taryn Bashford’s debut novel. In its formative stages it was a winner in the Varuna House Publishing Pathways Program in association with Pan Macmillan and it’s easy to see why – Taryn’s writing style is fluid, engaging, beautifully paced and the characters are sympathetically drawn. Easy to read, hard to put down, the novel pays great rewards for lovers of tennis and readers searching out inspirational sporting role models. In so far as it’s a classic bildungsroman, it holds great universal appeal. Highly recommended.


Review by Alison Quigley, Secretary of The Sunshine Coast Literary Association



The Harper Effect. This coming of age contemporary drama has all the elements I look for in a book – an engaging theme, romance, complex characters and a capable female lead. It was wonderful cheering Harper on as she learns to defeat her inner demons and become a champion – on the court and off.


Review by Beth Amos, winner of the Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship