Followers by Anna Davies

Author: Michelle Krys17381989
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: ★★★★
Read: May 29, 2014


ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley
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To tweet or not to tweet . . . what a deadly question.

When Briana loses out on a starring role in the school’s production of Hamlet, she reluctantly agrees to be the drama department’s “social media director” and starts tweeting half-hearted updates. She barely has any followers, so when someone hacks her twitter account, Briana can’t muster the energy to stop it. After all, tweets like “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark . . . and a body’s rotting in the theater” are obviously a joke.

But then a body IS discovered in the theater: Briana’s rival. Suddenly, what seemed like a prank turns deadly serious. To everyone’s horror, the grisly tweets continue . . . and the body count starts to rise.

There’s no other explanation; someone is live-tweeting murders on campus.

With the school in chaos and the police unable to find the culprit, it’s up to Briana to unmask the psycho-tweeter before the carnage reaches Shakespearian proportions . . . or she becomes the next victim.

My Thoughts

This book got potential and that’s all I can say about it. It started out really nice. In fact, it was so interesting that I almost finished it in one sitting. Almost. However, the second half of the book was very disappointing.

I liked the characters of this book a lot. At least at first. The various personalities made them real and exciting to read. Later on, though, they became kind of stiff, bland and extremely boring. Briana, AKA @alleyesonbree (her Twitter handle), got more annoying as the story progressed. I didn’t like the way she handled things happening to her and other people around her.

The writing, on the other hand, was really confusing. Not that it made the book difficult to understand or anything, but the way the story was told made things seemed more complicated that they really were. I didn’t enjoy the fact that the author made characters who I barely knew seem so important to the story by the ending of the book. Take Zach as an example. He barely appeared more 5 times throughout the book and somehow by the end, his role became quite important.

I really enjoy reading mystery books, trying to guess whodunits before the authors reveal the truths. Well, this mystery in this book was rather depressing. I was so disappointed with the rushing ending. It seemed like the author just didn’t care anymore, just got it over with. I didn’t even know it came to the end if I didn’t see the word Epilogue.

My thanks to Scholastic for this galley.


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