Title: Follow Me, Like Me
Author: Charlotte Seager
Pages: 320 Pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
What do you do when your Instagram romance goes wrong and tries to find you IRL?
When sixteen-year-old Chloe replies to a DM from a gorgeous stranger, she has no idea what she’s inviting into her life. As her online fan becomes increasingly obsessive, her real life starts to come apart at the seams and Chloe realizes she needs to find a way to stop him before things spiral out of control.
Meanwhile, misfit Amber’s online obsession with her personal trainer begins to creep into the real world. But when she hears a terrible rumour about him, she drops everything to try and prove his innocence – even if it means compromising her own.
What a fantastic cautionary tale Follow Me, Like Me is. It is the story of how our obsession with social media can actually be very insidious. What Charlotte Seager has done exceptionally well is that she has presented it from various different angles. We have Chloe who is obsessed with the buzz and thrill of how people liking her on social media makes her feel. It is almost drug like but she forgoes her own safety to get that feeling.
We see obsession from Amber’s side as she becomes fixated with an individual and begins to stalk her prey. Although we feel that her obsession comes from an innocent place we cannot help feel a bit creeped out by her lack of social awareness.
Then we see it from the perspective of the faceless stranger who at first seems lovely but becomes more and more sinister as the story develops.
Follow Me, Like Me is a brilliant story that deserves to be put in the hands of every teen who thinks that they are techno-savvy (and even the ones that don’t) to make sure that they realise the real dangers that lurk in the darkness of the interweb.
Follow Me, Like Me by Charlotte Seager is available now.
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