Follow Me Back is the YA Psychological Thriller You’ve Been Waiting For

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.


Wine Pairing

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Try pairing this Apothic Crush Red Wine with A.V. Geiger’s upcoming book, during which a harmless crush just might take a turn for the dark and dangerous.

*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


The Nitty Gritty:

  • Title: Follow Me Back
  • Author: A.V. Geiger
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Pub Date: June 6, 2017
  • Pages: 368

GoodReads Description:

32470611Tessa 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.

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My Review

four-stars

 

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!


Cover Rating

four-stars

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.


Swoon Worthiness

four-stars

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.


 About the Author

option3-headshot1A.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?

59 thoughts on “Follow Me Back is the YA Psychological Thriller You’ve Been Waiting For

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you! There certainly aren’t enough in the YA genre just yet, but I’m happy to be seeing more of them, and this is definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that was cringing when the words “followed you back” popped up on their screen. Yikes! That’s how you know this book did a great job!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It is definitely a unique story. At least in my reading experience anyway. I don’t get creeped out easily either, and this one had me a little on edge, which was a lot of fun!

  1. bookishinbed says:

    I’m sad to say this book didn’t end up grabbing me until the very end. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! I do have to say that I was not expecting that ending at all. I was very surprised and probably will be reading the second book when it comes out solely because of that. Great review!!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you! No need to be sorry. We can’t all enjoy the same books equally, which is why the comments are so much fun! I did not even kind of see that ending coming, which was great! I’ll definitely be reading the second book as well. I am so intrigued to see where she takes the story next.

  2. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    I kept sitting here, going, but wait, didn’t Krysti post about this before? Aren’t I have deja vu review right now? But then I realized you just posted about it and not an actual review. Good to know I’m not losing my mind completely. Fantastic review! 😀

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I think they can be really hit and miss, just like any psychological thriller really. There are so many components that have to tie together perfectly for the plot to be believable in that genre. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to try and write one! I did really enjoy this one a lot!

  3. Angela JC says:

    Ooo this sounds so good! And I’m glad to read you liked it because I love YA psychological thrillers but they never seem to be as good as they sound. I’ll have to check this one out!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I hope you like it! Psychological Thrillers can be really hit and miss. There are just so many elements that have to come together for them to work, but I think they totally did in case!

  4. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    For some reason, I don’t remember this book being about this type of plot at all… But it sure sounds super cool and intriguing! Unpredictable YA thriller? I think I’m up for that! 😀
    Awesome review, as always, Krysti! I’m not a fan of the genre but I think it will be easier to transition if it’s YA. How interesting that the author started with fanfiction! I love it and am always glad to see writers making it big 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I really liked it a lot. I haven’t read a ton of YA thrillers honestly. Not my usual genre, but I’m SO GLAD I read this one. I do LOVE to see writers achieving goals like this, and it makes me even happier to love and support the book in whatever small way I can. 🙂

  5. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Yikes! This book sounds fabulous– but I’ll be passing. You’re right, Krysti, after reading this I might never get on Twitter again. Thrillers aren’t my thing, but I still love reading reviews for them. Well written!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! I finished it late at night and I was so creeped out to check my Twitter notifications afterwards. Yikes! But it is a really fun book. She did a great job with it. Thank you. 🙂

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