Follow Me Back
Booklist Reviews 2017 June #1
Tessa Hart hasn't left her bedroom in months, not since the thing she can't talk about happened and she deferred college for a year. Her mother and boyfriend are impatient, and Tessa's only connections to the outside world are her therapist and her Twitter account, where she follows pop star Eric Thorn. Eric has some issues of his own: a fellow musician was murdered by an obsessed fan, and Eric's been paranoid of his own fans ever since (yes, it might be a one-in-a-million incident, but he has 14 million followers). When Eric Thorn fan fiction catapults Tessa into the fandom's spotlight, a frustrated Eric creates a fake profile to troll her and ends up starting a real conversation. But this is the Internet, and no one is who they seem. This tends toward melodrama, and the characters are thinly drawn—Tessa's agoraphobia could have been better researched and better handled. But celebrity culture and Twitter wars will catch the attention of many teens, and for them, this thriller will be addictive. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2017 May #1
Battling agoraphobia triggered by an event she refuses to discuss, Tessa Hart defers her freshman year of college and spends her days locked away; social media is her primary connection to the outside world. On Twitter, Tessa finds sanctuary in the online fandom surrounding Eric Thorn, where devotees of this onetime YouTube hopeful turned pop music star follow his every move. Eric himself is jaded, constricted by his celebrity and afraid of his often rabid and obsessive fans. After creating an alternate persona to troll his own fans on Twitter, Eric—under the pseudonym Taylor—begins a friendship and flirtation with seemingly genuine Tessa. As their relationship deepens, identities become less clear and things turn deadly. Debut author Geiger's social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lydia Shamah, Carol Mann Agency. (June)Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.