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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, Contemporary

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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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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