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Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. GeigerFollow Me Back by A. V. Geiger
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 1st 2017
Genres: Computers & Digital Media, Music, Performing Arts, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-half-stars
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 murder 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.

Reading Follow Me Back is like opening your favorite bag of candy and eating it all in one sitting. It’s that good. I don’t remember the last time a book had such a high level of suspense that made me want to read it all in one sitting.  This fish couldn’t resist the hook. And this comes from a person who typically avoids all contemporary if I can—and especially anything to do with boy bands or celebrities. So I was 100% impressed.

Tessa has agoraphobia, something I can personally relate to, and uses Twitter and her obsession of Eric Thorn as a coping mechanism. Eric Thorn is a pop singer, feeling trapped by his fame and fans. Fame aside, the two aren’t really all that different. But it’s not easy starting a relationship when one of them is catfishing. There are twists and turns, and none of them are predictable.

I connected so much with Tessa, at her best and at her worst, because I have and still am experiencing what she’s going through—minus a certain situation—but it’s nice seeing this portrayed in a book that doesn’t look down upon the person. As for Eric, I also understood where he was coming from. The ending (omg!!) left me feeling confused and conflicted. What even happened? I have theories but I need answers.

On Books, Goals, and 2017

2016 came and went. It wasn’t my best reading year, but I’m not beating myself up over it too much. I have high hopes of finishing my set goal of 80 or more books this year. Besides reading all the books and becoming focused on my upcoming semester (which is not a goal–a necessity), I have one big goal I want to achieve this year.

–I want to finish writing and editing my current WIP.

Though most likely I won’t get to seriously touch it until May because I am the worst multitasker (which is why I always fail at Nanowrimo–school+writing=wishing to die). That and online classes have ridiculous workloads.

My favorite book of 2016 was:

I wish this was a series. It’s a shame that really great books aren’t the ones to have sequels.

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A tweet that inspired me:

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Currently reading:

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I’m still considering getting a co-blogger to help out with the blog when I’m busy. For me that would take a lot of trust, so hmmm.

I would also like to write more discussion posts this year.

And as always improve reviews and the blog in general. c;