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Follow Me Back

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Follow Me Back

From Wattpad sensation A.V. Geiger comes FOLLOW ME BACK, which revolves around a pop star and a fangirl whose online friendship turns into something else entirely. Adorable yet intense, this captivating novel will mesmerize readers.   

Tessa Hart has spent the past few months confined to her bedroom due to her severe agoraphobia. After a traumatic incident last summer, Tessa has one thing that allows her to escape her small world: the online fandom of pop sensation Eric Thorn.

Eric Thorn can’t help but feel paranoid after a fellow pop star is murdered by an obsessed fangirl. After his PR team refuses to let him hire more security, Eric decides the only way to keep himself safe is to make his fangirls despise him.

"FOLLOW ME BACK was a sensational novel that I would highly recommend to those looking for an adorable contemporary romance novel with a dash of thrill and darkness to it. FOLLOW ME BACK was truly exceptional and unlike anything that I have ever read before."

With no bio, no profile pic and no history, @EricThornSucks sets out on a mission to destroy Eric Thorn’s reputation, which includes trolling one of his most devoted fangirls, @TessaHeartsEric. However, things get complicated when an unexpected friendship forms, and late night DMs turn into a deeper connection. Online secrets never stay hidden, though, and it turns out that a single push of a button may be deadly for Tessa and Eric. 

FOLLOW ME BACK surprised me so much. Going into this novel, I had already formed this notion in my mind that it would be some cheesy yet addictive Wattpad book that wouldn’t exactly be the deepest thing that I’ve ever read, but I have never been so wrong. This novel was mind-blowingly suspenseful, surprisingly thought-provoking and definitely one of my favorites books of the year.

Told through a series of DMs, police reports and actual chapters, this novel was an absolute thrill to read. The story seems quite simple and cute at first; however, while it was super cute, the stakes are raised to extraordinarily high levels, and each chapter seems more dangerous than the one before. No joke, this book was dark at times, yet it only made me want to turn the page faster. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat with my mouth hanging open, dying for the sequel.

While half of FOLLOW ME BACK does follow Eric’s side of things, Tessa was truly the star of this novel for me. She was a spectacular main character, who I adored and sympathized with a ton. Tessa has been through so much before the story even begins, and it doesn’t help that her mom and boyfriend aren’t very supportive of her. It amazed me how strong and intelligent she remained throughout the entire novel as she is pushed into some very sketchy situations. Most of all, though, her fangirl antics were beyond relatable. As a fellow fangirl, I could feel Tessa’s excitement over all things fandom, and it was honestly such a joy to read.

I loved how Geiger utilized social media throughout the novel. Tessa and Eric’s relationship is formed through Twitter DMs, which were super fun to read. I also found it interesting how accurately Geiger portrayed fandoms on social media. While most of the time fandoms do seem loving and supporting, they occasionally become extreme and obsessive, and Eric’s fans were no exception to this. Seeing Eric react to all the crazy things that fans do gave me a different perspective of what celebrities may think of their fans and what one should never tweet at a celebrity.

Overall, FOLLOW ME BACK was a sensational novel that I would highly recommend to those looking for an adorable contemporary romance novel with a dash of thrill and darkness to it. FOLLOW ME BACK was truly exceptional and unlike anything that I have ever read before.

Reviewed by Makayla H., Teen Board Member on July 11, 2017

Follow Me Back
by A.V. Geiger