Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Follow Me Back (#1) by A.V. Geiger-- Most Addictive Book of the Year

Follow Me Back

Eric Thorn is a superstar celebrity who can't wrap his mind around his fans' obsession.  Ever since the fan-murder of another singer, Eric can't stop thinking that it could happen to him.

Tessa is an Eric Thorn superfan.  She loves him from afar though because she can't leave her room.  She has agoraphobia ever since she came home from a writing workshop in New Orleans.

Tessa can sense something fearful in Eric-- she can see it on his face in pictures when he thinks no one is looking.  When Eric decides to "troll" a fan anonymously, he chooses Tessa, but soon realizes she "gets" him.  Talking to Tessa makes him feel less alone in the world, and helps him make sense of his crazy life-- but sooner or later he's going to have to tell her the truth.... right??

I have a bunch of other books that I was gonna review, but I read this book over the weekend and decided that I MUST talk about it.  It takes a special kind of book to come along that makes me read it straight through without stopping-- and that's exactly what Follow Me Back was.  I started it Sunday evening and finished it that night.

I could not stop reading this book.  It was so addictive.  I wanted to know what made Tessa scared to leave her house, and I wanted to know what would happen when she found out that she was actually conversing with her celebrity obsession-- but mostly, I wanted to read about these 2 characters and their inner thoughts and fears and passions.

This book surprised me so much because I don't usually go for the whole "normal girl" and celebrity trope.  I was super surprised that there even was a flirty/romantic relationship because I was expecting this to be dark, but there was and I liked it???  I think it's because Tessa was so relatable and I cared about what she had to say.  I felt like I was just as excited to talk to Tessa as Eric was.  I wanted to know how her therapy was going, and I wanted to be her friend.

It was also very interesting to read about the dark side of celebrity.  I don't think I'd go as far as saying I feel bad for them-- but I do know it would be tough giving up so much of your privacy and never knowing if a mentally ill or psychotic fan is going to do something violent or go too far.

The ending:  WHAT???  I loved that this got to that super dark place, and I even kind of loved that this ended with a big question mark.  I have no idea where this series is going to go from here, but I'm dying to find out!!

OVERALL: I think this is my favorite book of the year so far because it was so addicting and entertaining.  I loved both main characters, I loved that I had NO IDEA what was going to happen and I was on the edge of my seat, and I loved the perfect mix of lightness and darkness.  I 100% RECOMMEND!!

Date Published: 6/6/2017
How I got this book: Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Add it to your To-Read List!!

My Rating: 5/5

Character: Tessa Hart
Book: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Tessa's inability to talk about what happened to her was heartbreaking.  I feel like the anxiety that she felt was similar to what Melinda was going through in Speak.  I definitely think she would benefit from reading that book.


  1. This sounds so good!! i just added it to my TBR pile. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Kelly @

    1. YAY!! I hope you read it-- it was such a surprise favorite :)

  2. Great review! I'm so dying to read this, and I'm so glad the characters are awesome and it's addictive & entertaining. I love good YA thrillers. It looks amazing :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  3. I love addictive books like that! I'm gonna need to bump this one up on my reading list now!

  4. Love how dark it sounds and I also love your reaction to the ending. I want to read this SOON!

  5. That ending was insane! I really enjoyed this book as well, and cannot wait to see what book 2 has in store for us. Great review!