The follower

Kate Doughty

Book - 2021

" Instagram-famous triplets Cecily, Amber, and Rudy--the children of home renovation superstars--are ready for a perfect summer. They've just moved into the site of their parents' latest renovation project when they begin to receive chilling messages from someone called The Follower. It soon becomes clear that this anonymous threat is more than a simple Internet troll, and he can't wait to shatter the Cole family's perfect veneer and take back what's his. The Follow...er examines the implications of what it is to be watched in the era of social media fame--as well as the lies we tell and the lengths we'll go to uphold a perfect image, when our lives depend on it."--Amazon.

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Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Abrams Books 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
357 pages : 22 cm
ISBN
9781419748011
1419748017
Main Author
Kate Doughty (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Amber, Cecily, and Rudy—known online as the Cole Triplets—present a fun, freewheeling lifestyle to their followers on social media. But between livestreams, their life is anything but perfect. Their father's financial mistakes have forced their mother to constantly uproot the family in an effort to make enough money to stay afloat. The family's latest real-estate escapade brings them to a small-town mansion with a grisly history of murder. The triplets at first treat this fact dismissively. But when a new follower on social media starts to post frightening messages, they are forced to consider whether a malevolent spirit is reaching from beyond the grave to threaten their lives. Following in the same YA-thriller tradition as Pretty Little Liars, Doughty's debut updates the story to focus on the pressure to present an ideal self online. The three characters' POVs showcase different aspects of this dynamic, such as the pressure on Cecily to be inhumanly beautiful. While a slower burn than some thrillers, this book nevertheless hits all the marks for readers who love this subgenre. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—The Cole triplets seem to have the perfect life. They run the popular social media channel ColeTripsHouseFlips, on which their parents buy giant houses and make them over to sell them for top prices. Cecily and Rudy work in front of the camera, while Amber is the digital genius who edits photos and manages their livestreams. But there are cracks in the Coles' public facade: Dad's gambling addiction has left the family strapped for cash. Mom has taken out a big loan to buy a Range Rover to maintain their public image. The triplets are no longer doing the social media gig out of love, but to make ends meet. Meanwhile, Amber is feeling left out; Mom has determined a plus-size lesbian isn't what the public wants to see, despite posts from followers indicating they want more of Amber. Then Dad selects their next project: a small-town haunted house—the site of multiple murder/suicides. The writing style is compelling, including livestream feed comments throughout. The Cole family is white, and the cast includes an Asian police officer, a Latinx contractor, and Amber's love interest, Jada, who has brown skin. VERDICT Teens love a mystery, and this one is definitely a page-turner.—Leah Krippner, Harlem H.S., Machesney Park, IL Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Instagram-famous triplets Cecily, Amber, and Rudy--the children of home renovation superstars--are ready for a perfect summer. They've just moved into the site of their parents' latest renovation project when they begin to receive chilling messages fromsomeone called The Follower. It soon becomes clear that this anonymous threat is more than a simple Internet troll, and he can't wait to shatter the Cole family's perfect veneer and take back what's his"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A spine-tingling YA thriller based on a true story Instagram-famous triplets Cecily, Amber, and Rudy—the children of home renovation superstars—are ready for a perfect summer. They’ve just moved onto the site of their parents’ latest renovation project when they begin to receive spine-tingling messages from someone called The Follower. It soon becomes clear that this anonymous threat is more than a simple Internet troll, and they can't wait to shatter the Cole family's perfect veneer and take back what’s theirs.The Follower examines the implications of what it is to be watched in the era of social-media fame—as well as the lies we tell and the lengths we’ll go to uphold a perfect image, when our lives depend on it.  

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A spine-tingling YA thriller based on a true story Instagram-famous triplets Cecily, Amber, and Rudy'the children of home renovation superstars'are ready for a perfect summer. They've just moved onto the site of their parents' latest renovation project when they begin to receive spine-tingling messages from someone called The Follower. It soon becomes clear that this anonymous threat is more than a simple Internet troll, and they can't wait to shatter the Cole family's perfect veneer and take back what's theirs.The Follower examines the implications of what it is to be watched in the era of social-media fame'as well as the lies we tell and the lengths we'll go to uphold a perfect image, when our lives depend on it.