I just finished a new novel called Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger. It's a ya suspense novel that tackles twitter, anxiety, and fangirl culture.
|This photo was really hard to take. |
I had to hold my computer backwards & upside down.
A Brief Summary
The novel centers around a love for a pop star named Eric Thorn. There are Twitter pages devoted to those who love Eric, where the accounts post photos of him, essentially stalk him, and believe that they are "friends in the head" with him. One of these Eric Thorn fans is Tessa Heart, who's Twitter handle is @TessaHeartsEric. Tessa is agoraphobic so this Twitter interaction is just about all the communication that Tessa has with the outside world. However, Tessa wasn't always phobic of being outside or with people. How she became agoraphobic is one of the mysteries this novel uncovers.
Eric Thorn also has his own private Twitter...Can you guess what it's called?.... @EricThornSucks. A hate account about himself? Yes. Because Eric hates the Eric that the fangirls love and that his PR team has made him become. The famous Eric is not the real Eric, and the famous Eric sort of sucks. The fangirl nature of this book is explored when @EricThornSucks begins DMing @TessaHeartsEric.
What I Thought
At first I thought I might choose this book as a book club choice for my Adults Who Read YA group, but then I thought "eh...maybe not." If it weren't for the suspense / thriller aspects of this book it could have easily fallen flat while being seen as "too childish" due to the fangirl obsession. However, I really could not put this book down and finished it rather quickly. The more I thought about this book, the more I liked it. However, I don't think I'll be doing it for the next book group... at least not yet.
So Dewey Readers, I leave you with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.
Until the next read!