Book Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

32470611 2Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A.V. Geiger
Series: Follow Me Back, #1
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Genres: Fiction > Young Adult > Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like he’s speaking directly to her… Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies. When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Overview:

Tessa Hart experienced something traumatic last summer at camp (we find out exactly what happened at the end of the story), and she became agoraphobic as a result. Searching for a way to cope, she latches on to a pop singer, Eric Thorn, and projects all of her emotions onto him. She creates a sensational Twitter fan account dedicated to Thorn (@TessaHeartsEric) and spends most of her time virtually following his every move.

Eric Thorn is tired of his life as a pop star and fed up with his obsessive fanbase. In an attempt to throw some shade on his squeaky-clean reputation in order to dissuade some over-eager fans, he creates a Twitter account called @EricThornSucks. However, he soon finds himself regularly direct messaging a super-fan, @TessaHeartsEric, and their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

I read this book for the first time as an ARC in April 2018 and I LOVED IT.  The second book in the series was released last month, so I’m rereading the first to get back into the story (and also so I can have a review for both on here because I’m obsessive like that).

This review contains no spoilers.

Good:

  • This book has SUCH a unique plotline and I think it was executed very well.
  • I’m not sure exactly why, but this book is SO hard to put down. The first time I read it, I seriously couldn’t put it down, which rarely happens to me. It is extremely fast-paced and flows really well.
  • I liked how mental illness was a major plot point in the story, and that it was explored respectfully. Tessa’s illness was not looked down on (except by her mother), and I liked that she was actively getting help.
  • There weren’t very many characters in this book, but I liked the ones that we did meet.
  • Just wait for it — there’s a killer cliff-hanger at the end (pun intended).

Bad:

  • Eric complained quite a lot and was pretty melodramatic, which got annoying after a while. But I still found his character to be likable overall.
  • There were a few unrealistic, cringy, and insta-lovey moments, but really, it was minimal.
  • The “villain” of the story is introduced rather abruptly and fairly late in the game, and I found myself wondering if I’d missed something both times that I read the book. I think the story could have benefited from hearing from this person’s narrative, rather than just Tessa’s and Eric’s.

Final Thoughts:

I still love this book a year later and can’t WAIT to continue reading the series!

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