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Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 1st 2017
Genres: Computers & Digital Media, Music, Performing Arts, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
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.