Synopsis from Edelweiss:
There’s a fine line between fandom and obsession in this debut from Wattpad superstar A.V. Geiger
Tessa Hart’s agoraphobia means she doesn’t interact with man people-except for the online fandom of pop sensation Eric Thorn. She knows it sounds crazy, but he’s the only one who seems to understand her, even though they’ve never met…
Held prisoner by his contract and sick of his creepily obsessive fans, Eric creates a fake Twitter account to mess with one of his biggest followers, @TessaHeartsEric. Instead, they form a bond via Twitter that neither could have imagined. But when the two arrange to meet in real life, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish turns deadly.
About: Follow Me Back is a young adult mystery written by A.V. Geiger. It will be published on 6/6/17 by Sourcebooks Fire, imprint of Sourcebooks, 368 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and mystery. This is the author’s debut novel. Sourcebooks was founded in 1987 by Dominique Raccah and their mission is “to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives” and is one of the largest independent publishers in North America. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Follow Me Back on 5/17/17 and finished it on 5/19/17. This book is suspenseful! Normally a book with too long of a suspense will lose my interest, but this book has other things going on that kept me turning the pages. The plot & characters are interesting to read. I haven’t read a book involving social media, music, and fangirling in awhile and this book offers a fresh and enjoyable read.
In this book, readers will follow Tessa Hart, an eighteen year old who stays all day and night in her room with the windows closed because she has severe anxiety called agoraphobia. This past summer, she attended a summer writing program in New Orleans but abruptly came back and couldn’t tell anyone what happened, even with her therapist Dr. Regan. Her only activity in her room is fangirling over Eric Thorne, a famous singer same age as her over Twitter. Her account @TessaHeartsEric has 30.1k follower is where she fangirl over the singer. Eric Thorne, on the other hand, is having issues of his own. He’s shaken up by the recent tragedy with another famous singer and an obsessed fangirl. He’s unhappy with where is career is going because the fans seems to love him with his shirt off instead. He feels suffocated by the fangirls. Eric couldn’t lash out at them with his twitter handle because it would ruin his career, so he created a fake account to vent. I love the ending. It sums up the two main character’s problem nicely.
This book starts out with investigation interviews, which reminds me of Illuminae. I enjoy reading how people met on Twitter and through this book, I finally know the meaning of DM! It’s interesting to follow Eric Thorne’s mind set about being a famous singer and how he deals with his fans. I like the concept of stalking, it’s uncomfortable to the extreme, yet, being a follower to a twitter, blogger, and instagramer is funnily enough that we are stalking someone’s interests for books. It’s also interesting to follow Tessa’s train of thoughts and learn how a fangirl truly is. I haven’t been a fan of anyone that obsessively yet. I really like Tessa in the end. She handles the situation really well. I recommend everyone to read this book if you are looking for an interesting mystery to read!
Pro: suspense, mystery, social media, fangirl, anxiety, page turner, fast paced, some humor, some romance
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
A.V. GEIGER is a popular online author followed by hundreds of thousands of readers on the story-sharing website Wattpad. As a member of the Wattpad Stars program, her original teen fiction has received millions of hits and ranked #1 in the Mystery/Thriller genre. Her writing career began with celebrity fanfiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with fan culture and social media. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author A.V. Geiger, publisher Sourcebooks, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.