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Alden thinks he witnessed a murder, but when the dead girl turns up alive, he must figure out the truth in this chilling novel Alden likes to follow people. He's not trying to be a creep, he just wants to be an investigator some day, and it's good practice.But spying on people comes with risks...like seeing popular Greg Matthews seemingly murder his girlfriend, Amy, behind the school.But the facts aren't adding up, especially because Amy turns up a few days later...alive. Now Alden has to figure what he could have seen… and what secrets Greg is hiding.

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TitleFollowing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492664611
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Realistic Fiction

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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the twists in this, but there were elements that made the overall story not work as well as I’d have liked. Alden is slightly creepy, but I actually really liked his backstory and reasoning for training himself up as an investigator. He’s also a good kid trying to do the right thing. However, he is definitely too hooked on “proving it fully” and that’s a little frustrating to read. I liked Charlie less, as she flip flops over supporting Alden, being doubtful of him, and just plain I really liked the twists in this, but there were elements that made the overall story not work as well as I’d have liked. Alden is slightly creepy, but I actually really liked his backstory and reasoning for training himself up as an investigator. He’s also a good kid trying to do the right thing. However, he is definitely too hooked on “proving it fully” and that’s a little frustrating to read. I liked Charlie less, as she flip flops over supporting Alden, being doubtful of him, and just plain wanting to ignore him. The main thing I had issues with is super spoilery, but I will just say that a particular personality didn’t make sense to me. Overall I think it’s a decent thriller / mystery, but not enough of a hook for me. It’s a super short and easy read though, and had decent suspense.
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  • Jerico
    January 1, 1970
    Review and some reactions to be posted soon together with the book summary. Finished this months ago. Only have had the chance to update my profile very recently and indeed will be back real soon. P.S. Just to give you a glimpse why I gave this book just exactly 3 stars, its storyline seemed predictable and quite tedious to me. Although it made me wonder what would happen next (for the slightest bit), I hadn't given much thought to the idea that it would somehow make me throw things around that Review and some reactions to be posted soon together with the book summary. Finished this months ago. Only have had the chance to update my profile very recently and indeed will be back real soon. P.S. Just to give you a glimpse why I gave this book just exactly 3 stars, its storyline seemed predictable and quite tedious to me. Although it made me wonder what would happen next (for the slightest bit), I hadn't given much thought to the idea that it would somehow make me throw things around that are of close proximity and go berserk for the next 24 hours. In other words, I couldn't care less about what went next in line for the MC and whether he would be safe until the story ends. Some parts still need to be polished into something that would really require readers to actually focus on and be invested in what was going on in the story. Though some developed while going through to the final parts of the story. The whole idea was simple and easy to get acquainted to yet lacking in its execution when it comes to the writing style as the story was written plainly and too narrow, straight to the point that it lacked some more details and looked like it was written under very limited time. This book is a light read and if someone is looking for not-so-quite complicated ya mystery that has quite some issues to be well aware of although at times entertaining and fun to read, if you count stalking and breaking and entering fit to those descriptions, with a tiniest bit of a shocker down to the last part, this one would be the perfect taste to get its way into your TBR category.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Alden’s parents die in a mass shooting. A year later, he sees potential crime everywhere. He follows suspects, anonymous reporting his fears to police, who see his actions as pranks. His best friend Charlie, whose dad happens to be police chief, knows Alden believes real threat. When Alden thinks he sees a popular jock kill his equally popular girlfriend, Alden decides to find evidence to get the police to believe him. What could possibly go wrong?FOLLOWING delves into each and every monotonous Alden’s parents die in a mass shooting. A year later, he sees potential crime everywhere. He follows suspects, anonymous reporting his fears to police, who see his actions as pranks. His best friend Charlie, whose dad happens to be police chief, knows Alden believes real threat. When Alden thinks he sees a popular jock kill his equally popular girlfriend, Alden decides to find evidence to get the police to believe him. What could possibly go wrong?FOLLOWING delves into each and every monotonous and repetitive thought and action Alden has. I hoped Jeffry W Johnston was leading somewhere interesting and while the story wasn’t as predictable as I suspected, the absurd “payoff” was worse. We’re supposed to believe über christian Amy cares more about cursing than murder? I think not.I sympathize with Alden. The mass shooting and its aftermath would have been a more interesting story. I also liked Charlie, though for being a police chief’s daughter, her judgment was certainly way, way off.Don’t waste your time with FOLLOWING.
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  • Meg Kimball
    January 1, 1970
    I'm appalled by the sloppy writing I found inside this book. There were typos and varied grammatical errors. I'm not sure whether to blame the author or his publisher, but it read like a self-published book. Some of the errors I found: * One sentence had a space between the last word and the period. * "Try and." As in, "I'll try and get it done today." It should be try to. Otherwise, you're both trying and doing whatever. * Awkward, clumsy writing. Here's a sentence: Within seconds there were pe I'm appalled by the sloppy writing I found inside this book. There were typos and varied grammatical errors. I'm not sure whether to blame the author or his publisher, but it read like a self-published book. Some of the errors I found: * One sentence had a space between the last word and the period. * "Try and." As in, "I'll try and get it done today." It should be try to. Otherwise, you're both trying and doing whatever. * Awkward, clumsy writing. Here's a sentence: Within seconds there were people crying, calling for help, and police shouting out orders. "People" should be who's crying, who's calling for help, and who's shouting out orders, but at the end of the sentence, it changes to the police engaging in the action. * Changes of tense. One paragraph waffled between past and present tense. The rest of the book wasn't much better. * Paragraphs in which the speaker didn't match the person engaged in the action. E.g., "I'll save you!" Marcy ran toward me. "Hold still!" (Only Marcy wasn't speaking there!) (That's not from the book, and there wasn't a character named Marcy. I made that passage up to illustrate the principle.) * Awkward use of present versus -ing tense. Here's the correct way: I enter the kitchen. My uncle is seated at the table. And here's the way the author did it (the wrong way): I enter the kitchen. My uncle sits at the table. That implies the action of sitting at that time, but the author used it in instances where the uncle (or whoever) was indeed already seated. The obvious lack of polish was glaring, and it turned me off from enjoying the storyline. Are YA audiences these days thought of as being so idiotic that we won't care about the small details? My intelligence is offended. As for the story, it kept me engaged from start to finish, which is one positive about this book. Often, I DNF, but I made it the distance with this one! So I have to give it a star or two for that reason alone. It's just weird. Usually, books that were obviously rushed are self-published, not professionally published. I think the industry should try harder.
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    A riveting and entertaining page turner for YA mystery lovers. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the last page. And just when you think you have it figured out, you may be in for a surprise.
  • Karla
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a YA as an adult that normally enjoys adult fiction: -Feels like I’m chasing two kids around that are trying to do the right thing but too young and inexperienced to do it right. -Charlie’s judgment is terrible, especially for being a law enforcement kid. But it could be easily chalked up to feeling untouchable since she’s the Chief’s daughter. I liked the description of her character, though it still could’ve been elaborated upon at the beginning; I didn’t know what to picture for a lar Reading a YA as an adult that normally enjoys adult fiction: -Feels like I’m chasing two kids around that are trying to do the right thing but too young and inexperienced to do it right. -Charlie’s judgment is terrible, especially for being a law enforcement kid. But it could be easily chalked up to feeling untouchable since she’s the Chief’s daughter. I liked the description of her character, though it still could’ve been elaborated upon at the beginning; I didn’t know what to picture for a large chunk of the story. -Alden annoyed me at times because I was in his head the whole time, I feel like I got to read every single thought he had. I didn’t mind that, but boy can be a little obsessive. Some of it felt like it purposefully dragged on. -At some points it feels like the story is going nowhere, but that could be a setup. By page 135/270 things feel like they might pick up a little. Before that it’s a little bit of literary edging. That’s probably why it feels like it’s going nowhere at first, because there’s a lot of buildup and then some simple predictable thing happens. -This is nothing about the author or story, but the character. Why the hell cant Alden just TALK to his uncle? He’s just keeping all this guilt and appreciation for him. I guess it’s how teenagers are, I think it’s realistic, but I felt bad for the uncle. Also, can relate to the uncle’s tiredness. (Update: ends up predictably, so no worries there). -The “A good investigator...” stuff feels the way it felt to read “my inner goddess...” in 50 Shades. It was a little cringey. I think he’s a 12-13 year old but still. The closer to the end I got the more tired I was. Slightly spoilery**Charlie flips and flops throughout the book on whether she should believe Alden, from all in to all out. This is in my opinion a reasonable change of heart. She has reasons to change her mind. Amy is such an annoying little kid at the end. Highly hypocritical. I guess Johnston nailed it with the religious hypocrisy, if so I respect it. The end is pretty cringey and predictable, but it has some sweet things to it too. I personally hated the way some of the last quarter was written, but appreciate the craft. I’m thinking this book is just really meant to be read by middle school and high school kids and, like Alden, I stuck my nose where it didn’t belong and just couldn’t quit until I saw it through. Also like Alden, I just wrote every single thing that’s in my mind, sorry about it.
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  • Alecia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good book and like almost every book the kids parents are dead. The end is happy the book has one big major twist in which...(stop if you haven't finished this book)... you find out amy wasn't ever on his side and Greg actually helps him when he says that Greg didn't kill Alysia or whatever her name was so he stalls long enough for the cops to come. When I read the back and it says "Alden likes to follow people" The first thing I thought was he is a weirdo. Also when I looked at the ti This is a good book and like almost every book the kids parents are dead. The end is happy the book has one big major twist in which...(stop if you haven't finished this book)... you find out amy wasn't ever on his side and Greg actually helps him when he says that Greg didn't kill Alysia or whatever her name was so he stalls long enough for the cops to come. When I read the back and it says "Alden likes to follow people" The first thing I thought was he is a weirdo. Also when I looked at the title i was like "wow they made a book on stranger things!" Then I read it and now i am like "wow thats nothing like stranger things." comment if you thought the same. Aldens backstory is very sad like if he had said something to charlie's dad then I think his parents would have said that he was going to have a sibling comment if you thought the same.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. The characters felt like realistic high schoolers and it was a fast-paced, quick read. I loved knowing one of the twists ahead of time because I knew more than the characters, but I still had to find out how the twist worked just like they did. There were just enough hints that you could solve the mystery a step or two ahead of Alden, but there was no way to know 100% for sure you were right until he confirmed it. I loved that Alden and Charlie fought without actually fighting, Loved this book. The characters felt like realistic high schoolers and it was a fast-paced, quick read. I loved knowing one of the twists ahead of time because I knew more than the characters, but I still had to find out how the twist worked just like they did. There were just enough hints that you could solve the mystery a step or two ahead of Alden, but there was no way to know 100% for sure you were right until he confirmed it. I loved that Alden and Charlie fought without actually fighting, and when they did fight for real, it didn’t feel contrived.
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  • John Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Alden's behavior and mindset skirt just shy of really annoying for most of the story, saved by his perseverance and the realities that drive his behavior. Once you get used to that, it's a pretty decent mystery.
  • Boeds
    January 1, 1970
    I was led astray. What a silly, ridiculous book with shallow (and stupid) characters. Booooo.
  • Lori Greene
    January 1, 1970
    Was a bit.confusing in parts but overall very good
  • Mandie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this one. The language just wasn't engaging, and I really didn't care whether he really saw what he THINKS he saw or not.I admit that I didn't make it too far into this book, but the writing style just really isn't for me.
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