Review: “Follow Me Back” – A.V. Geiger

June 14, 2017 Book Review 0

 Review: “Follow Me Back” – A.V. GeigerFollow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
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Published on: June 6th 2017
Published by: Sourcebooks
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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.

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My Thoughts

When I requested this book I was pretty intrigued by the story line. I’m a massive fan of romances between two totally different types of characters and had big hopes. Then I started reading it and I quickly became worried that I was going to hate it.

Tessa wasn’t the easiest of characters to connect with. I consider myself a fangirl of some pretty awesome authors, but I could never even begin to get in the mind of someone that obsessed with someone. Her agoraphobia was an interesting part of the story, but she didn’t seem to develop in anyway throughout the book. She literally spent the entire book as an obsessed fan girl sat in her room.

I really liked Eric and there was some really great emotionally deep moments as he struggle with feeling trapped in his life and his fears from crazed fans. However there was also so much potential for so many more that felt like missed opportunities.

The story is told through alternating POV of Eric and Tessa and for me, Eric’s was the favourite POV to read from, but this might have something to do with the fact that he actually went outside. I really liked that the main story was mixed in with police interview transcripts which really built the intrigue. To be honest, without these I probably would have been a lot slower in getting to the end of the book.

For me the ending is what makes this book and without it I probably would have felt a bit disappointed. It’s not bad, but it’s just not “wow”. Mostly I just feel like it had a lot of potential and Geiger didn’t take advantage of all the opportunities that would have made this a “wow” book.

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Final Thoughts

Overall it was a nice easy read with a fantastic ending!

Re-Readability: Maybe (mostly just for the ending!)

I would recommend this book to: YA/NA Romance, unexpected romance, stories with celebrities, characters with mental health issues, stories with a bit of mystery

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Have you ever read a book with an extreme fangirl/boy character?

What’s your favourite type of romance?

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