I Will Follow

Scholastic. Feb. 2024. 272p. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781339002880.
Gr 7-10–Shea Davison has almost a million followers on TikTok, and she’s always been very open and honest about her life on her account. In fact, she might have been a bit too honest, as one of her fans has tracked her down and abducted her, under the guise of helping her improve her channel. Nora, one of Shea’s first and most fervent followers, is absolutely certain that the two are best friends and the perfect collaborators, but when her plan to abscond with Shea to her father’s remote mountain cabin doesn’t work out quite as she’d planned, how will she react? And can Shea leave clues to her kidnapping without tipping Nora off? Billed as Misery for the TikTok generation, this book doesn’t quite live up to that hype. The multiple perspectives are a nice touch that let readers into both Shea and Nora’s minds, but the rapid and somewhat ambiguous conclusion leaves much to be desired, and the pacing sometimes feels uneven. Nonetheless, fans of April Henry and Natasha Preston will be thrilled by this, and aside from the exciting plot, the novel has a lot to say about internet safety and privacy. Nora can be delightfully creepy and thoroughly chilling, and the moments that show Delancey and Shea’s other friends trying to figure out clues to their friend’s location are well-paced and exciting.
VERDICT Sure to be popular among middle school readers looking for a quick thrill.

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