Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 6th 2017
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.
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger is a debut novel that just released last week with the sequel to come out next year. No title or release date has been set yet and this will be a duology.
When I first heard about this book about two weeks ago I knew this would be a book I would want to read when it came out. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised that Chapters actually this book sitting on their shelf when I went looking for it. This was a fairly quick read for me because once I started it I couldn’t but it down. There was so many twist and turns. It literally felt like you were riding a roller coaster because you had no idea what was coming next.
Follow me back is told in a duo point of view and through twitter form, direct messages and police reports. This is a format that I really enjoy reading.
One of our main characters Tessa has severe agoraphia. This all developed when she suddenly left her a summer program in New Orleans and has not spoken to anyone about it. She refuses to speak about the incident even to her therapist. So you really have no idea what happened to her but you will discover this slowly as the story progresses. She is living at home with her mother and since being back has basically stayed in her room 24/7. Her mother and her boyfriend to the best they can but you can tell at times its very trying on them.
To deal with it she starts obsessing over Eric Thorn who is a teen sensation and big in the music world. Through that community she meets fans and forms friendships with something that her therapist thinks is good for her. Being online is her only real escape and something she has complete control over.
Eric on the other hand is not very happy with his lack of freedom, privacy and his fame and I think this has a lot to do with crazy fans killing their idols like we have seen so many stories in the past few years. Tessa picks up on his unhappiness and voices her concerns on social media but no one really listens to her.
Eric is frustrated how crazy the fans are becoming and it doesn’t help that his management is encouraging him to give them what they want. For Eric it just takes one fan rushing the stage to him and he is set on destroying his image and that means going after his number one fan with the most twitter followers @TessaHeartsEric which by the way is a real twitter account. He is set on trolling her but in the process he begins to form a relationship with her but she doesn’t realize who he really is because he is using another twitter account @Taylor . This is like an episode of Catfish..
Eric needs to come clean to Tessa because he is starting to have real feelings for her. So he sets up this elaborate contest of a private concert on New Year’s Eve in her home town. He convinces her to enter and when she does he picks her.
With his plan in motion things suddenly go wrong and he has to save her before its too late for both of them. How will Tessa react when she discovers who Taylor really is? Will this set her back further?
I really enjoyed the book and that cliff hanger agh its killing me. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for the second book.