Me while reading this:
Short recap: Eric Thorn, music superstar, only wants to push back on his fans via Twitter. He does not understand why his fans are so obsessed with him and wants to try to dispel some of the admiration. In the midst of doing so, he befriends a lonely fan named Tessa. They strike up the most unlikely friendship and their lives will never be the same.
Awww… sounds romantic in a You’ve Got Mail sort of way, right? Well, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. This story has some super dark, creepy, terrifying, and WTF?! moments. All of which work brilliantly together for one hell of a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even the ending will have you screaming (I know it had me yelling!) The main majority of the story really is endearing and will tug at your heartstrings. Two random people find each other on Twitter and start a friendship. Okay, not entirely true. Tessa started the #EricThornObsessed hashtag, which was linked to her Eric Thorn fanfic. That linked her to many other media outlets and so on. She has a huge following on social media because she is just that good with her writing. Eric Thorn just wants to be left alone and live a somewhat normal life, ignoring the fact he is a music superstar. Eric starts a fake account to trash himself but befriends Tessa. BOOM. Unlikely friendship. 🙂
The characters felt so sincere and unique that I couldn’t help but adore them. Tessa is such a relatable protagonist that I wanted to be friends with her in real life. She was kind, intelligent, and genuine. Tessa is suffering from agoraphobia but is receiving treatment. She copes with being inside by writing fanfiction and being on social media. I had not read a story with a character suffering from agoraphobia before so this was even more interesting. But that’s not Tessa’s only issue, she is hiding something terrible that happened to her months before. She won’t talk about it and it wasn’t revealed until the end what was going on. Holy creepers, Batman! Being able to read from her POV made the story that much more intense. When we are finally told what happened to her, it put a new spin on the story and added depth.
Eric’s POV was just as amazing to read. Being able to read his thoughts, emotions, and Tweets about stardom was pretty awesome. He just wants to share the ugly side of the music industry with someone. He wants someone to know that not everything in his life is puppy dogs, unicorns, and ice cream cones. There is a dark and nasty side to his fame., like crazy stalker fans and back stabbing music labels.
The main thing that had me biting my nails were the plot twists! Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Geiger would throw another curve ball and knock me for a loop. Well done, Geiger! Well done. This is an action packed emotional roller coaster. I promise that once you start this book, you will have to finish in one sitting. There is no way you will be able to only read a little at a time (unless life gets in the way, then you are given a pass). I will warn you again – the ending had me yelling. I was not expecting that to happen! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! In one short chapter the entire story will be flipped upside down and you will lose it. Come back and talk to me about ending. I’ll be here waiting to hear from you.
I need the second book yesterday. It burns me up to know I have to wait an entire year to find out what happens but that is the sign of a damn good author. Geiger has a forever reader right here because damn. This book got me in a way that hasn’t happened before. Please, add this to your TBR if you have not already. Borrow from a friend or library because you need this book. Seriously. Go read it and come back to let me know your thoughts. I want to hear them.