Friday, June 9, 2017

Book Review: Follow Me Back

Title Follow Me Back
Series Follow Me Back, book 1
Author A. V. Geiger
Release Date June 6, 2017

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.

Follow Me Back was an enjoyable YA mystery with a jaw dropping cliffhanger ending.

While I went into this thinking it was told only through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts it's not. It's mixed format. It ended up working really well. Of course, I'm a fan of epistolary novels and may be a tiny bit biased.

The best part of Follow Me Back was definitely, without a doubt, the ending. It totally threw me for a loop. I had to read it a second time myself just to make sure I wasn't imagining things. If you hate cliffhangers, you'll want to avoid this one until the next book is out as it's a big one.

Though Follow Me Back was a good book, it isn't without its flaws.

Because of time jumps, we don't see the relationship between Tessa and Eric develop. This, in my opinion, really hurts the book. In the beginning, there seems to be a lack of action. Seeing the buildup of their relationship would have greatly improved the book for me.

Secondly, it takes a very long time to find out what happened with Tessa that lead to her agoraphobia. Like, an almost ridiculous amount of time. It was disappointing and kind of frustrating that we had to wait so long to know what happened with Tessa. I feel like if we found out earlier, it would have built a better connection for readers to her as a character.

Follow Me Back was a page turner! If you're looking for a mildly thrilling YA mystery, this is the book for you.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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