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Follow Me Back
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Follow Me Back
Follow Me Back Series, Book 1

"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." —Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series

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 murder 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, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." —Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series

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 murder 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, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 1, 2017
    Battling agoraphobia triggered by an event she refuses to discuss, Tessa Hart defers her freshman year of college and spends her days locked away; social media is her primary connection to the outside world. On Twitter, Tessa finds sanctuary in the online fandom surrounding Eric Thorn, where devotees of this onetime YouTube hopeful turned pop music star follow his every move. Eric himself is jaded, constricted by his celebrity and afraid of his often rabid and obsessive fans. After creating an alternate persona to troll his own fans on Twitter, Eric—under the pseudonym Taylor—begins a friendship and flirtation with seemingly genuine Tessa. As their relationship deepens, identities become less clear and things turn deadly. Debut author Geiger’s social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lydia Shamah, Carol Mann Agency.

  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2017
    Two teens develop a Twitter relationship.White teen Tessa Hart's life has been put on hold. After a terrible incident at an arts camp, Tessa has developed agoraphobia, and her condition confines her to her bedroom. Her window to the outside world is her Twitter profile, @TessaHeartsEric, where she fixates on white teen heartthrob Eric Thorn. Eric is tired of the way his official Twitter handle, @EricThorn, is swamped with adoration from his fans, so he creates @EricThornSucks to have a bit of fun. Eventually Tessa and Eric meet online, and as they send direct messages back and forth, a peculiar friendship starts to form. But not everything is as it seems. This mystery element ends up being the novel's undoing. The author hints at Tessa's dark past here and there, eventually revealing the terrible happening, but understanding her condition is key to readers' empathizing with her, so withholding that information cripples the narrative. On the other end, Eric comes across as a self-obsessed goon. These two teens feed into their own isolation complexes, crafting a truly unhealthy relationship that generates no heat or investment. The cherry on top is a last-minute reveal that will have readers scratching their heads and questioning everything that came before, but not in a good way. A dysfunctional romance about a dysfunctional romance. (Thriller. 12-16)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2017

    Gr 10 Up-Tessa Hart (@TessaHeartsEric) is 18, severely agoraphobic, and an Eric Thorn fan-some may call her #obsessed. Most of Tessa's human interaction comes through sessions with her therapist, who makes house calls, and Twitter. The teen doesn't leave her bedroom. Mystery surrounds the circumstances that got her there and her new Twitter friend, Taylor (@EricThornSucks). Eric Thorn is a popular, adored, and somewhat narcissistic pop star recently made leery of the adoration since a fellow pop star was killed by a fervent fan. In a moment of resentment, Eric creates @EricThornSucks under his middle name, Taylor, and ends up striking up a friendship with Tessa, which unfolds via direct message on Twitter. A nonlinear account of Tessa and Eric's relationship develops, jumping back and forth from past to present, and readers are privy to both characters' perspectives and to the transcript from Eric's police interview. This is a moderately paced, character-focused story in which familiarity with Twitter is helpful but not necessary. Fuzzy details cloud the tale as pieces are revealed one at a time until they all come together at the end-right before everything falls apart before a final, dark twist. VERDICT A page-turner for young adults invested in social media, fandoms, and mysteries.-Sara Jurek, Children's English Library, Stuttgart, Germany

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly "Debut author Geiger's social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. "
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