Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

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Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

Expected Publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

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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.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

Well, excuse me whilst I try and go and sort out my life! This book blew my mind out of the water and I still cannot even begin to get over that ending!! I constantly felt compelled to read on because I just needed to know what had happened… in a sense, and what was going to happen. I had a hunch what was going to happen, and I was right… but not entirely right and I love that!

I think on of my favourite things about this book (apart from the ending which we will get to in a minute) was the way in which the story was told! It was told through Tweets, DMs and police transcripts. I think the police transcripts definitely helped to keep an air of mystery surrounding the whole book and it kept me reading on! I also loved the way it used Twitter as a source because of how heavily Twitter is used by the celebs – which is what this book is all about!

I will admit, Twitter has officially creeped me out just a little bit! I love the way it focused on the fans of a major celebrity and the celebrity himself. It definitely gave an insight into just how crazy some fans can actually be and just how far they will go to get what they want from a certain celeb. I think it was also a good idea to show it from the other side of the coin in the sense that, we all assume that celebs are exactly where they want to be. What of that isn’t entirely true, but we’re too busy fangirling to notice? I’m kind of glad that I’m not a celeb considering the things that happened in this book!

I also really liked the fact that there was no insta love in this book. It followed the development of the relationship between Eric and Tessa and how it grew into what it became. I think the book definitely focused on quite a few important issues – Catfishing being one of them – which I think is definitely unique because there is not a lot of focus on that in YA books.

Ok, I can’t go any further without mentioning THAT FRICKIN’ ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean… I’m still reeling! The plot twist is on the same level as Dangerous Girls and it literally came on the very last page! I re read it more than once just to check that I wasn’t reading wrong or something! I can’t say too much because I absolutely do not want to give the game away – but I don’t think that what we read is entirely what happened… even if thats the way the author wants to lead us! I have other theories about what has happened… but I obviously can’t go into that!

I do think that the focus could have been less on the romance and more on the issue with the murder at the hands of the fan! I would definitely have loved to know more about the case and everything that happened! Also, I want to know more about @MET, because I have a hunch where that twitter user is concerned!

All in all, I absolutely loved this film and I don’t know how I am going to wait until next year for the sequel! This is definitely a must read and I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Hey guys! So, I literally just dropped coffee all over my Mac… Which I guess isn’t really a very good combination! Thankfully, Mac still works and I managed to get all the off of it! *Phew* Anyway… This weeks pick for me is a book that is pretty relevant to today’s society in the sense that everyone does everything over technology! It doesn’t matter what it is, technology is always at play somehow, and it can always bite us back!

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Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Expected Publication: May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 

Sometimes we share too much.

This kind of reminds me of the group Anonymous… I definitely look forward to reading it and the fact that it is so true to society today!

What books are you guys waiting for? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

Wrecked by Maria Padian

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Expected publication: October 4th 2016

Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible–especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

Maria Padian offers a kaleidoscopic view of a sexual assault on a college campus. Wrecked will leave readers thinking about how memory and identity, what’s at stake, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth. (Goodreads)

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I was worried, going into this book, that it would be too much like What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. I shouldn’t have worried because this book is the complete opposite of that one! I really enjoyed this book and I found it to be a refreshing change from the books that we normally get about sexual assault.

This book isn’t from the perspective of the victim or the perpetrator – it from the aspects of the two friends. Haley, who is Jenny’s roommate and Richard, who is Jordan’s friend/housemate. I think reading the book from this perspective changed what would be the normal view of things because we are going into this from the eyes of two people who weren’t there that night. They have no idea what went down that night, but they were stuck on opposite sides of the fence.

I also think this book made a pretty powerful point with the whole gossip and social media aspect of it. I think it represents society today in way that nothing else does. It shows how callous and cruel people can be about women who accuse someone of rape. I obviously don’t want to say too much, but it was a pretty powerful message.

The only problem I really had with this book was that, at times, it was a bit of a slow read. I liked the events unfolding between the alternating perspectives because it was like a slow mystery unravelling itself before changing back to present day. At times, though, I felt almost bored. I felt like the story was going just a little bit too slow and I also question the college and whether the college would investigate themselves. I don’t know the system in America and whether the colleges actually do that, but it wasn’t something I could easily imagine.

All in all, I fairly enjoyed this book and I feel like it conveyed quite a few strong messages about rape culture and social media as well as gossip. I gave this book 4/5 stars.