Series: Follow Me Back #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Well I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this book, to be honest. I liked parts of it a lot… But then there are other parts that I really didn’t like that really kept me from enjoying this book more than I wanted to. With that also comes that I completely did not relate to the characters at all. Which is tragic, let’s be honest.
To start off, I’d like to mention that I was not aware this was going to be a series when I started reading this book. So when I finished, that cliffhanger caught me completely off guard. It’s also very unfair because what the hell? How can you end a book like that? WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON? But then… that was probably the point. If so, good job to the author. Your mission is accomplished. Now give me the sequel. Please and thank you.
So obviously the book succeeded in getting me hooked. Keeping me guessing. I LOVED the mystery aspect to the story and how it played out. And I loved the epistolary parts of the book. The police transcripts and tweets and DM’s. I use Twitter daily so that was also VERY relatable to me. But with this also comes that someone that doesn’t use twitter and reads this book, MIGHT be a tad lost? But I loved how the story was told and how the mystery aspect played out. I read this book in one sitting just because I needed to know what was going on. But then that last chapter happened and WHAT EVEN DUDE. WHY?
Ahem. So yes, that part I enjoyed tremendously. But… sadly I didn’t really like the pacing a whole lot? Like… the interview transcripts were cool and I liked them… but they were often used to fast forward through time and move the story and the relationship between the MC’s along. Which sucked because I didn’t connect to the romance at all because of it. Though it didn’t help that I generally didn’t really connect to the MC’s at all.
I get fandoms and being a fangirl, but I’ve never understood how some people can go so far in that. I’m not THAT much of a fangirl for anyone. So that didn’t help me connect either. I did feel bad for Tessa and wanted to know what happened that she can’t leave her room anymore. But in the end I felt like that part of her story was a bit… Well, near the end it felt like it got fixed sort of to get everything set up for that cliffhanger? Could be just me though. I also didn’t really connect to Eric. I don’t know why, but Tessa and Eric just didn’t feel developed enough. Also, Tessa’s mom is a classic absent parent. I don’t even know what happened with her dad or where he is. He’s never mentioned. But her mom makes an appearance once or twice and she wasn’t very understanding so. Eric’s parents are never even mentioned.
WHY can’t I have more parents in YA? Seriously.
Overall I loved some parts of this book, but mostly I was a bit disappointed. I also went into this book assuming it would be a standalone so the cliffhanger threw me. But obviously I need the sequel now. I mean… I need to know what happens, okay?