Book Review

The Ultimate Catfish

Follow Me Back

Follow Me Back

by A.V. Geiger

Young Adult Series (book #1)

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 requested an E-ARC of this book from NetGalley and they kindly sent me a copy. The review below is of course my honest opinion. Book should be released at the beginning of June 2017.

Follow Me Back is a mystery book surrounding a pop-star and a girl with anxiety issues. I know sounds weird right, but it was really good and most definitely different. The story is partially told in the form of tweets, direct messages and interview transcripts. I love that it’s told in this format because honestly it makes the story that more interesting. I can just imagine the format in a physical copy of the book, it’s going to really good, I love notes and that type of thing in books.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’m just going to give some basics. What happens between Eric and Tessa is very odd, the story starts off like how you think they would but then it starts to get a little weird. First Eric is a pop-star and Tessa is a fangirl, things start off rocky but then a friendship develops and soon their relationship becomes more than either believed it would go. Tessa is a fan, don’t date fans, it’s just a general rule right but they have this connection that goes deep and Eric can’t deny it. Their messages to each other help readers see the relationship develop over time. They both are under stress and only really have each other to lean on so I can see how feelings might develop.

Eric is sick of his stardom, the crazy fans, his management and the label, while Tessa is dealing with major anxiety issues that cause her not to leave the house. They help each other out by talking things through and forming a friendship but things come to a head when something happens in their relationship and thing take a dangerous turn. Things start to escalate really fast towards the end of the book and that kinda had my heart racing. What’s going to happen and is everything going to turn out okay? What will happen between Eric and Tessa? Don’t worry the big questions are answered at the end but… Geiger leaves a big cliffhanger ending and I was like what the h***! Yes, something big happens at the end of the book and now I have to wait until the second book to find out what is going to happen.

Geiger wrote a book that was unique, with interesting imperfect characters and had me wondering what was going to happen in the end. Follow Me Back had mystery, mental health issues, romance, friendships, hardships and more. I will be purchasing this book in physical copy and I upset that I have to wait for the next book in the series, but I will be getting it.

Overall 4.5 stars

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