Holy plot twist! I honestly don’t know where to begin with this book. The second I finished the book my jaw dropped and I went to go see if the sequel was released yet (it has not, but is coming up later this year on June 5th) because I needed to read it. This book was filled with so many twist and turns you won’t be able to keep up.
Follow Me Back by A.V .Geiger is about a girl named Tess who has agoraphobia and anxiety following a traumatic occurrence at a New Orleans arts program and loves a celebrity named Eric Thorn. So much that she has a large collection of Eric Thorn merchandise in her room, listens to the songs all the time, writes stories about him, and even has a huge following on her fan twitter account for him after creating a hashtag #EricThornObsessed.
Eric Thorn is a celebrity and the star that thousands of girls love. He has also been extremely paranoid lately after a fellow celebrity is killed by an obsessed fan and is getting tired of constantly having to do what his label says. So when Eric decides to make a fake troll account hating on himself so that other girls will hopefully become less into him he never expects to have it go on for more than a few tweets. However once he and Tess cross paths and begin to DM the story and lies become even more dark, twisted, and deeper than anyone could of ever imagined.
Let me start off with what I really liked about the story which is definitely the plot. I don’t read a lot of YA thriller books though whenever I do I seem to always enjoy them. This one had to be one of the best I’ve read. While the plot does become even more twisted and sinister as the story continues I never felt like this was something that was 100% unrealistic. Sometimes an author can write a thriller that ends up being similar to a soap opera plot by the end due to all the ridiculous plot twist or reveals. This book’s reveals though will keep you on your toes till the very end.
I really loved the ending and without giving too much away it really comes out of almost nowhere, but in the best possible way. It bind sides you and makes you crave the next book as soon as possible. I honestly need it to be summer now so that I can my hands on the next book and conclusion of this duology.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the characters. I could related a lot to Tess’s love of being in a fandom and the comfort she found in it. I can’t speak much on the agoraphobia because I do not have agoraphobia, but I would hope that it is respectful representation. I did have some issues though with the book causing it to be a 4 stars and not a 5 star.
My biggest issue with the book probably was Eric. I really didn’t understand who making a troll account would turn other fans against Eric. Why would they listen to some random troll account when they could keep loving and enjoying Eric Thorn. I also did not really like how he treated Tess while messaging her. First of all he is technically catfishing her and some of the messages that he writes are things that I felt were way too inappropriate even if he was joking. I really did not like Eric too much and while I understood his paranoia and fear that he would be attacked, I do not feel that he went about it the right way at all and his internal reactions to certain things like girls telling him they loved him felt pretty cruel and dumb seeing as he is a celebrity so you are going to have fans say things like that to you whether you like it or not. Another issue I had with the story was some confusing points regarding a character named Brie. Without giving too much away the last third of the story became a little confusing after introducing that character. While we do see and understand who he is near the end of the book, I felt like between when he was introduced and when we find out who he is the story gets little confusing regarding how Tess reacts and how a social media hacking occurred. Finally, I had a few problems with some other characters that I hope are addressed in the next book namely Tess’s mom and her therapist. Tess’s mom does not seem to understand her daughter’s agoraphobia at all and is constantly treating her horribly and belittling her because of it. There are some small parts here and there in which she actually shows some concern & she does have her daughter see a therapist, but other than that I felt like her mother was a huge problematic character that I hope is called out in the next book or that will see her wrongdoings. The second character I had a large issue with was Dr. Regan or Tess’s therapist. I really liked her until she abandons Tess in a time of need and is more worried about a malpractice suit. It feels like it came more out of nowhere and is something that felt very uncharacteristic for this specific character. I hope we get more answers to those questions in the next book.
Overall I really liked this book. I feel like it was extremely thrilling and leaves me wanting to read more until the last page (and even then I want to read the next book asap). While I can see some issues regarding the characters, story, and some people disliking the ending I personally really enjoyed it and hope you do too.