Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A.V. Geiger
Published: June 1st 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 320+ pages
Source: NetGalley eARC
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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 his 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…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.
I was super intrigued to read this book when I found out that it was originally published on WattPad. Like authors Taran Matharu and Estelle Maskame, Geiger has found an audience in the millions before her book has even been traditionally published and after reading it, I can see why.
Tessa has been agoraphobic ever since that incident during the summer in New Orleans. She can’t and won’t talk about it, instead obsessing over teen rock sensation Eric Thorn. Eric is tired of living on the edge of a knife when it comes to obsessed fans after hearing the news that a fellow singer was murdered by a so-called super fan. When Eric decides to take down the fandom by destroying his image, it backfires and he ends up connecting with one of his biggest fans in a way he never thought possible, but Tessa dark past is racing to catch up to them and neither of them has any idea.
This book is amazing. I loved that it was partially written through police transcripts and Twitter DMs. I always find it really interesting when authors use this set up and I find myself enjoying the text more because of it.
Told through dual POV, as readers we get a great insight into the psyche of both Eric and Tessa as their relationship flourishes and hits unexpected bumps along the way. I really enjoyed seeing Eric’s growth, in particular. He’s not just the vain superstar he’s made out to be, or the complete douche that he tries to make himself appear. He’s just a teenager who has a wealth of fame he doesn’t really want.
The police transcripts instantly had me on edge to know what the crime was. There’s transcripts from both Tessa and Eric so it got my brain thinking overdrive as to what could possibly have happened to make them be at a police station. Obviously, Tessa’s dark secret from New Orleans was my first thought, but boy… I was not prepared for how it all went down.
The last quarter of the book is edge of your seat panic at times. My heart was racing the entire time and I just wanted to wrap the poor babies up in a blanket and save them from the nightmare.
And then there’s the twist. Geiger is an evil genius. I got to the end of this book and tried to keep turning pages because while the ending was brilliant, I needed to immediately know what happened next. Obviously, that’s not possible and the wait will be excruciating, but I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
A love story for the internet age with all the darkness that goes along with it, Follow Me Back is a fluffy love story wrapped around a dark centre. This one should be on everyone’s watch list for the summer.
About the Author
A.V. Geiger writes contemporary young adult fiction. Her debut novel, FOLLOW ME BACK, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in 2017.
A.V. is a popular author on Wattpad, where her original fiction has frequently ranked #1 in the Mystery/Thriller genre. Her writing career began as a hobby, posting celebrity fanfiction online, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with fan culture and social media.
She lives with her family in New Jersey.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads