Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

32470611 2Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A.V. Geiger
Series: Follow Me Back, #1
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Genres: Fiction > Young Adult > Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Tessa Hart experienced something traumatic last summer at camp (we find out exactly what happened at the end of the story), and she became agoraphobic as a result. Searching for a way to cope, she latches on to a pop singer, Eric Thorn, and projects all of her emotions onto him. She creates a sensational Twitter fan account dedicated to Thorn (@TessaHeartsEric) and spends most of her time virtually following his every move.

Eric Thorn is tired of his life as a pop star and fed up with his obsessive fanbase. In an attempt to throw some shade on his squeaky-clean reputation in order to dissuade some over-eager fans, he creates a Twitter account called @EricThornSucks. However, he soon finds himself regularly direct messaging a super-fan, @TessaHeartsEric, and their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

I read this book for the first time as an ARC in April 2018 and I LOVED IT — I seriously couldn’t put it down, which rarely happens to me. It is extremely fast-paced and flows really well. The second book in the series was released last month, so I’m rereading the first to get back into the story.

I liked how mental illness was a major plot point in the story, and that it was explored respectfully. Tessa’s illness was not looked down on (except by her mother), and I liked that she was actively getting help.

Eric complained quite a lot and was pretty melodramatic, which got annoying after a while. But I still found his character to be likable overall. True to the nature of a YA book, there were a few unrealistic, cringy, and insta-lovey moments, but really, it was minimal.

The “villain” of the story is introduced rather abruptly and fairly late in the game, and I found myself wondering if I’d missed something both times that I read the book. I think the story could have benefited from hearing from this person’s narrative, rather than just Tessa’s and Eric’s.

Just wait for it — there’s a killer cliff-hanger at the end (pun intended).

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