Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera!
CeCe Ross is kind of a big deal. She and her girlfriend, Silvie, are social media influencers with zillions of fans and followers, known for their cute outfits and being #relationshipgoals.
So when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She’s lost her first love, and now she can’t help but wonder if she’ll lose her followers as well.
Things get even messier when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy in town who is very much Not Online. CeCe isn’t surprised to be falling for a guy; she’s always known she’s bi. And Josh is sweet and smart and has excellent taste in donuts… but he has no idea that CeCe is internet-famous. And CeCe sort of wants to keep it that way.
But when CeCe’s secrets catch up to her, she finds herself in the middle of an online storm, where she’ll have to confront the blurriness of public vs. private life, and figure out what it really means to speak her truth.
Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond tour for this ARC of Follow Your Arrow. This does not contain spoilers for the book.
I’ll start with what I enjoyed: I loved the social media aspect of the book and having CeCe as a protagonist. I also adored CeCe’s Mom and Josh. Here’s what was problematic: the Harry Potter references (I was a fan prior to finding out about the author). Perhaps like the movie, Always & Forever, Lara Jean this was also written before people became aware of what was going on. I’m not going to go into detail, but if you’re curious about what’s going on; I recommend looking it up.
Granted, it’s possible this was written before that happened, but if it’s not too late to change I would suggest changing it. Personally, I felt like CeCe should move on from her “friendship” with Silvie because it gave me Serena and Blair vibes but not in a good way.
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The Top 5 Quotes from Follow your arrow
- “You’re going through your first major heartbreak, kiddo. That’s not a small thing. I think it might be worthwhile to put your own comfort and well-being first for once, instead of worrying about what your followers expect.”-CeCe’s Mom to CeCe.
- “If you’re not visible, you’re forgotten. You don’t get to just take a break.” -CeCe.
- “If I posted this selfie, it would be a huge departure for me, but not necessarily unheard of for social media as a whole…I wish I could do it. I wish I was brave enough. I wish I didn’t care what they think. But I do care. And Mom was right when she said life online is dangerous, though not in the ways she thinks. Social media has given me more than I could have ever imagined, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t also completely terrifying, having people monitor your every step. Cancel culture is rampant, and the world will turn on you so quickly. I’ve seen it happen- the wrong wording or visual at the wrong moment, and the person loses everything.” -CeCe. Although I agree with CeCe about this, I also have to say that doing anything online is a risk. But, if I never try, I’ll never know if I’m good at it. Even if I don’t excel at something, I’ll still do it if it’s a hobby I enjoy or a skill I want to work on.
- “She did exactly what I wanted to do but was too scared to. And look at the response-she has more comments than I do, more likes, more words of support and virtual hugs.” This was the quote that made me despise Silvie in this book.
- “Silvie doesn’t get to be the ‘heartbroken’ one. I’m the heartbroken one. She’s the heartbreaker. Any sadness she feels she brought on herself. She doesn’t get to take this from me too.” -CeCe. I have to agree with CeCe on this. CeCe is heartbroken and doesn’t even get time to get over it due to the hate she’s getting over a breakup where she wasn’t even the heartbreaker in the scenario. I’ll always sympathize with the heartbroken over the heartbreaker. In my opinion, one of the worse things someone could do is string someone else along like how Silvie strings CeCe along in Follow Your Arrow. I have a lot of feelings about this quote, but I’ll leave it at that. Do you think a heartbreaker deserves any sympathy? Why or why not?
About the Author
Jessica Verdi is an author of books for kids and teens about identity, family, acceptance, and love.
Though she’s always been a bookworm (her childhood was basically defined by the philosophy that working your way through giant stacks of library books is far superior to playing outside), she remained convinced throughout high school and college that theatre and music were meant to be her creative outlets. After nearly ten years in the NYC theatre world, she got an idea for a novel. While that first attempt at a “book” will never see the light of day—nope, don’t ask—it was the book that started her love affair with writing. Now she can’t imagine doing anything else.
Jess received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School and is a freelance editor of romance and women’s fiction. She lives in New York with her family.
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