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