First of all, I have to admit I’m a LITTLE nervous to hop on Twitter after reading this book! It is such a dark, gripping tale that will keep you turning those pages well into the night. I could not put this down until it reached it’s MIND-BLOWING conclusion. This is one psychological thriller that is anything but predictable.
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
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The Nitty Gritty:
- Title: Follow Me Back
- Author: A.V. Geiger
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
- Pub Date: June 6, 2017
- Pages: 368
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 book was so fascinating! I was glued to it from the moment I started reading it and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I did have to put it down. This is probably the best YA Psychological Thriller that I’ve read, because you think it’s going to be predictable and that you totally know what’s going to happen next, and then nothing, NOTHING ends up turning out the way you expected.
Both Tessa and Eric have experienced some trauma and are coping with varying degrees of anxiety, Tessa to the point that she has, understandably, become agoraphobic. The way A.V. Geiger describes their anxiety and panic is so well done and makes you absolutely ache for these characters. You’ll be rooting for both of them from page one.
The mystery that overlies everything is absolutely engrossing, and the way that Geiger has incorporated Twitter DMs and police reports throughout the book is just so COOL! It makes the book feel more authentic and also adds to that feeling of mystery. It also make you more confident that you know what happened, which only makes the twists at the end that much more shocking.
I cannot wait to see what Geiger has in store for us next!
This is a really COOL cover. The way the face is partially obscured is a nod to Tessa’s agoraphobia and how she hides herself from the world as well as to the fact that though Eric and Tessa have a relationship online, they don’t actually know what the other looks like. They’re a mystery even to one another. And it’s SPARKLY. I do love me some sparkly book covers.
If you didn’t know, Eric is a teenage, hunky, rock god. So, yes, he’s incredibly swoon-worthy. Seeing him struggle with his celebrity status and all his mental anxiety makes him a much more complex and interesting character, and the way that he tries to help Tessa through her anxieties is very endearing and swoon-inducing.
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.
When she’s not writing, she also runs the popular Wattpad Obsessed (@FollowBackBook) account on Twitter, as well as her personal Twitter feed @av_geiger.
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Have any of you read Follow Me Back yet? If so, let’s discuss! Will you be adding this one to your 2017 TBRs? What’s your favorite YA Psychological Thriller?