Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went to Coney Island and rode one of the oldest roller coasters that’s still running!

Song of the week:

It’s probably not any surprise that Taylor Swift’s new song is the song of the week…


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Book review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Purchased

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 had seen a lot of hype for this book when it first came out and when I saw the author signing at a book festival I went to last year, I figured I might as well buy it. It was probably the most awkward encounter I’ve ever had in my life, which I don’t fault the author for since it just illustrates what happens when you throw two introverts who’ve never met before together and expect them to interact. Anyway, it took me a while to finally pick it up, and… I have some thoughts.

First of all, Tessa is not like other girls and Eric is always taking off his shirt to show off his six pack, so it’s basically the same two characters as every other YA book that’s come out over the last decade. Sure, there are some differences. Tessa is agoraphobic and Eric is famous. They mostly converse through Twitter, and Tessa doesn’t know that the person she’s been talking to is actually her celebrity crush.

I didn’t think that I’d have a problem with the premise, but I kind of do. I don’t necessarily mind that a celebrity is hiding his identity when he talks with a fan for the first time. I get that. But Eric lets it go on for so long and he doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not okay to lie about who he is when he and Tessa become close enough to consider meeting in person. Eric also had such an attitude about his fans that I found it surprising that he would even entertain the idea of befriending one of them, especially a superfan like Tessa.

The side characters in the book are absolutely ridiculous. Tessa’s mother is a blatantly horrible person. (Like most YA parents, I guess.) Her therapist is awful. The person from her past that she’s so scared of? Something was definitely missing because that whole story didn’t make a bit of sense.

The “cliffhanger” at the end is actually painfully obvious if you’ve paid attention at all to what’s happened throughout the book. I even went ahead and read some spoiler-filled reviews of the sequel to confirm that this story ends exactly as I expected it to.

I can’t think of anyone I’d recommend this book to. I’m glad it’s off my shelf, but it’s already in my donate pile.

#killingthetbr: ten months on shelf


Have you read Follow Me Back? What about the sequel?
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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: A Most Imperfect Union by Ilan Stavans
  • Review: Gothic Tales of Haunted Love by Hope Nicholson & S.M. Beiko
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite books released in the last ten years
  • Review: Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable
  • Let’s Talk About: Books I loved with low ratings on Goodreads
  • Review: Bloom by Kevin Panetta

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • If everything goes according to plan, I should be on a train to New York for BookCon when this posts! I am so excited for the panels, the signings, and all of the books I’m going to add to my collection! I’ll also be there tomorrow!

Blog hopping:

  • Vicky shared a list of underrated queer novels.
  • Kaleena shared ARC request templates!

Song of the week:

I’m going to see twenty one pilots in a few days and I’m so excited! I’ve been listening to Trench a lot so that I hopefully won’t embarrass myself by not knowing the lyrics. One song I haven’t seen them do live that I already know isn’t on the set list is Fall Away. I love this song so much.


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • Yesterday was my birthday! I had a great day with my boyfriend ending with dinner at my favorite restaurant. ❤

Blog hopping:

  • Siobhan talked about author interaction etiquette!
  • Vicky shared a beginner’s guide to bookish acronyms!

Song of the week:

I want to wear his initial
On a chain round my neck, chain round my neck
Not because he owns me
But ’cause he really knows me
Which is more than they can say


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Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 debuts that I’m excited for

Happy first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017!  Today’s theme is ten 2017 debuts that I’m excited for*.  There are actually a ton of debuts I’m looking forward to this year, so it was kind of hand to pick ten. I changed my mind a couple times (sorry to the authors I left off the list!) and finally settled on these books.

* I did not list books that I’ve already read.  2017 ARCs that I really loved will show up on my best of 2016 lists!

Goodreads links below:

WAIT FOR ME // WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE
SEVEN DAYS OF YOU // THE HATE U GIVE
ONE OF US IS LYING // CARAVAL
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME // HOW TO BREAK A BOY
FOLLOW ME BACK // THIS BEATS PERFECT

Which debuts are you excited for?