Individual Rating: 3.7/5
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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.
I know I say this a lot, but I was thoroughly intrigued. I wasn’t sure where this book was going to take me, and I felt like it was a little confused of its own identity along the way, but it turned out pretty good. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was hooked from the beginning. I actually finished it in only one day. It was a pretty quick read. I liked the characters and their struggles, but I felt a disconnect from Tessa and Eric as a couple because I didn’t really understand it. I didn’t understand how Eric, someone who was just complaining endlessly about his superfans, would talk to and fall in love with once.
The fact that Eric actually liked hearing about how she was so ‘obsessed’ with him really showed about who he is as a person. Ultimately, I did like his character, but that whole thing seemed a little unbelievable to me. I guess that’s why it’s a book. Other than this, there was a lot going on, and near the end I was extremely confused. I didn’t understand the characters interactions at the climax, and I didn’t understand who some of the characters were. It all pretty much evens itself out in the end, but it was confusing for a little bit there.
Another thing I had to learn to like was the random police interrogation reports separating the chapters. I wasn’t sure what was going on at first until I realized the police reports happen at the end of the book, months in advance. Once I got used to it, though, I really did enjoy the setup.
All in all, I really did enjoy this book. It was a quick read, and I am really looking forward to the second in the series. I’d probably recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for something short and sweet with a John Green touch of drama.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Author: A.V. Geiger
Price: $2.51 (Kindle Store)