Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A.V. Geiger
Published: June 6, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Reading Period: November 5-7, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5)
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.
About the Author:
A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns.
Her writing began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits online, posted under the Wattpad username @adam_and_jane, with over 200,000 followers and counting. Her YA romantic thriller, Follow Me Back, was the #1 ranked Mystery/Thriller on Wattpad in 2015. A revised and expanded version of Follow Me Back will be published June 1, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Follow Me Back has been in my TBR for a long time. I hadn’t had a chance to start reading this because of my tight schedule. But one of reading buddies keeps on bugging me to read this book because she could relate to the characters. So, yes, I started reading it and made a Twitter thread about it. I kind of expecting a lot from this book and I must say that this book is under-hype.
Eric Taylor Thorn, a public figure/ celebrity. He is paranoid that someone will hurt or kill him because of what happened to Dorian and that gives him a trauma and to fear his fans.
Tessa Hart, has agoraphobia and use creative writing to release tension. She finds Twitter a comfortable platform. Something terrible happened to her during a camp in New Orleans.
Follow Me Back gives me creeps, made me question myself if I’m still fangirling or already stalking a celebrity but overalll I like this book! This book is mind-blowing.l although some twists are predictable and yet it managed to messed me up. Moreover, there are so many unanswered questions because, yes, the ending is cliff hanging (I do love books with cliff hanging ending).
Another reason why I like this book is because the characters are very relatable especially Tessa especially how she fangirl over Eric Thorn. What surprise me most is how Eric came up with an idea of backlashing his self. Eric’s intention is clean and doesn’t mean to lead on catfishing. I want to hug Eric because of how he feels. He feels tired and suffocated with all the things and people around him. Also, Blair is menacing. I know he has a problem. He wants Tessa. He is obsessed with Tessa. I wonder what happened to him and why he became like that.
On the other hand, I do love Tessa and Taylor’s chemistry. I think they are cute together. The “kilig” is there and I couldn’t help but ship them!
One the reasons why I don’t like going to meet-ups is because of just a thought of meeting “strangers” scares me. I don’t have the guts to meet them in person though it sounds like we’re very close in social media. I haven’t overcome it and I’m not ready to meet “strangers” because I don’t know what to say or the possible topic at hand. I’m scared that if I meet them, I’ll be out-of-place and won’t feel that I am welcome and belong to the group.
Anyways, just a thought that a celebrity followed you back on Twitter means a lot to a simple fan like me. Yes, a simple gesture like that will make a fan scream, squeal and somersault. It gives hope to a fan that they are recognized by their idols.
So what are my final thoughts about Follow Me Back? Well, I must say that this book seems like describing me. Tessa is very me except I’m not agoraphobic. And I guess, any fangirl could relate to Tessa. I’m giving it 4.5 stars because of cliff hanging ending, unanswered questions and for making me crave for second book!
Follow Me Back is highly recommendable if you’re into psychological romance thriller. It’s well-written, page turner novel that will blow your mind.
“You may feel safer exploring your own anxieties by assigning them to someone else.”
“Any kind of social interaction can potentially hold therapeutic value.”
“Taylor: That’s right. A nasty, bloodthirsty leech. With no purpose to your miserable, meaningless existence except to suck.
Taylor: And when he saw you there, sucking, he would shudder with disgust.
Taylor: And he would flick you off with his fingernail.
Taylor: And then you know what he’d do, Tessa? Then he’d forget you ever existed and go about his day.” – This hit me big time.
“I feel like I spent the last three months climbing my way out of a deep, dark hole, and I just lost my grip and fell all the way back down to the bottom again. I don’t know if I even want to try anymore.”
“Taylor: You’re right. Probably wasn’t even him. Because if Eric ever noticed your existence, Tessa, I think he’d be the one DM’ing you.”
“There was a line somewhere between fangirling and stalking”
“Sometimes, just seeing your worries written out can make them feel less insurmountable.”
“How could it be this painful? They always had so much to talk about over Twitter. They could go on and on for hours. But here, in real life, it was almost like sitting face-to-face with a completely different person.”
“A phobia was an irrational fear. It didn’t respond to logic. It had no sense of fairness.”