I saw a comment on Goodreads saying that Follow Me Back reads too much like a fanfiction piece and… yeah.
Expected rating: ★★★✰✰
Actual rating: ★★✰✰✰
Read if you… want to read something in a slightly unusual format + in the contemporary romance/thriller genre. Most of all, read if you’re okay with not taking everything too seriously, it may roll nice if you just let it.
Why I read it: I wanted to see what it takes to be a sensation on Wattpad and be published as such.
Read it in: 3 days struggling and skipping pages towards the end (359 pages)
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 saw a comment on Goodreads that said Follow Me Back reads too much like a fanfiction piece and… yeah.
Don’t get me wrong, I love
and write fanfiction, but Geiger’s style is one of those that tell a lot and don’t really show much. Wig for the format (even though more and more books are appearing with DMs/tweets/text format, like Unhoneymooners or Dear Aaron, this one included police scripts, which is new to me), but the story juggled foreseeable and improbable moments (the password thing? um…), which made it far from being a page-turner. I didn’t really enjoy the thriller either, since most of the twists were rather out-of-the-bluish. I skipped pages at the end because I still wanted to get to the hyped plot twist (which didn’t meet my expectations).
TL;DR: Not my cup of tea.
- I learned about agoraphobia and… thank you. Sometimes, it’s only when you read books that you can understand certain topics.
- STARS. DO. NOT. HAVE. AN. EASY. LIFE! Celebrities don’t live in a 24/7 glamorous Hollywood movie. They put work into what they do, just like the rest of us, and this book shows it from Eric’s POV. It feels good to see some realistic point of view on this topic.
- It’s set during Christmas, and the New Year surprise is sofT.
- I like the romance between Tessa and Eric. It’s a little clumsy, and quite cliche but not too cliche. There really was some build-up to it, and… falling for someone over chat? I can relate.
- I thought the whole book (or at least a more considerable part) was going to be in unusual format, but we got less of it than I would have wished. It might have boosted the whole a little more.
- Tessa is a tad whiny, and it gets tiresome to relive the same complaints over and over like listening to a broken CD
who even has CDs these days, Alice?
- The characters are very two-dimensional.
- Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that no one seemed to take into account Eric’s anxieties? Or that his manager made fun of his concern about his personal security?
- Tessa has a pathetic excuse of a boyfriend, but boys like this exist, alas.
- The police transcripts didn’t feel very… police-y? I’m absolutely not an expert in the field, but sometimes the inspector was a lil thick, or at least he made it seem that way.
- I hoped for something else as a final twist/cliffhanger. It wasn’t very convincing, a little too thrown-in to really leave a doubt as to what has happened. Having been inside the characters’ head for the whole book, it sort of was not possible to believe the ending (unless the author had been covering some of their mental aspects during the whole book, which would just have been distasteful).
All in all, I feel a little sorry for not liking it. I wish I could have, because the idea is appealing and it’s easy to feel the author’s love for her story (I relate), but it was just too hard to see past the eye-roll-worthy moments.
I will not add it to my rec pile.
Have you read Follow Me Back? Would you like to? Let me know!