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For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity -- both online and off. 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 deva For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity -- both online and off. 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.


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For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity -- both online and off. 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 deva For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity -- both online and off. 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.

30 review for Follow Your Arrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    So, as a queer girl named Cece who does social media for a living.... I think me and this book were made for each other

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "No one knows the whole story. They think they do, because of a few overheard words or some stolen photographs, but they don't. And when you keep forcing a curated, fake life into their feeds, day after day, hour after hour, they never will." It's too weird to ship either Hermione and Ron or Harry and Hermione. I mean it's ridiculous as they are just kids as I am just a first book old in the series STILL. (I am still living my own historical non-fictional reading life...) "I will always defend soc "No one knows the whole story. They think they do, because of a few overheard words or some stolen photographs, but they don't. And when you keep forcing a curated, fake life into their feeds, day after day, hour after hour, they never will." It's too weird to ship either Hermione and Ron or Harry and Hermione. I mean it's ridiculous as they are just kids as I am just a first book old in the series STILL. (I am still living my own historical non-fictional reading life...) "I will always defend social media and everything that comes with it, even the bad, because it's valuable to me. But I also don't need to convince anyone that it must be valuable to them too." "The tears began to fall freely, dripping off my chin and landing on my shirt, as if trying to feed life into the pile of dust that was once my heart." "You never stop being certain that you're right, or hoping that if you stated your case just one more time, you'd change the other person's mind." And that part where Marty talks about books and reading with my CeCe. Josh is the rest of the world there ☺️ I just love the characters. They are so real. The whole social media talk and content is just so real! I just wish there were more interactions and dialogues in between the characters. I demand more chemistry for such character driven plots. I love Josh. He's the most genuine character I came across while reading this one. I can also understand why the characters did what they did. Handling social media isn't that easy. And when you are addicted to them, it becomes something else but yes, it's like we all seem to depend on such social media platforms for everything: reality to glamour. (I just want to read something about book blogging! Authors, please listen to me. I want a real story.) I just wish the second half was as real and upbeat as the first half. Overall, the book is a good, quick realistic read. Liked how the adults played their parts. The good, the bad, the bad dad and the ugly clueless internet trolls. To sum up the reading experience, it's a good one. It reads more like a good, short middle grade movie rather than reading a young adult book. It tries to discuss a lot on sexuality as well. But I feel more could have been done on this. I wasn't quite happy with how it was explained. Well, I got all the Netflix and Instagram vibes during the entire time! Quite enjoyable and recommended for someone who loves a light, realistic contemporary. And all's well that ends well!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie The Dragon Queen

    This sounds like it’s going to discuss some really important issues surrounding bisexuality and biphobia. Especially where social media is concerned, and also how negative or positive the internet can be. I really hope this delivers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    One thing I hate most about reading is when you have high hopes for a book and then it doesn't live up to them. But that means there's also an opposite to that: when you pick up a book that interests you but that you don't have high expectations for, and it ends up being really good. That was my experience with this book, and I loved it so much. It has so many amazing conversations, about being bi and biphobia, about social media and dealing with it in a healthy way, and so on. One criticism is th One thing I hate most about reading is when you have high hopes for a book and then it doesn't live up to them. But that means there's also an opposite to that: when you pick up a book that interests you but that you don't have high expectations for, and it ends up being really good. That was my experience with this book, and I loved it so much. It has so many amazing conversations, about being bi and biphobia, about social media and dealing with it in a healthy way, and so on. One criticism is that while this book talked quite a lot about politics, it didn't really address CeCe's privilege as a white, cis, abled person. While she has good reasons to want to keep politics out of her social media initially, it's still a privilege to be able to do so, and I would have liked to see that addressed. I did however really like CeCe, and I think she went through a lot of character development. Plus, I really loved the love interest in this book. CW: biphobia

  5. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    hi this sounds amazing and like it could have some v important discussions surrounding bisexuality and biphobia and social media and i can't wait! I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter hi this sounds amazing and like it could have some v important discussions surrounding bisexuality and biphobia and social media and i can't wait! I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ritz

    I really liked this one! The messages of self-exploration and discovery were really prominent in the book and I really enjoyed watching CeCe try to figure herself out. She could be a little annoying at times, but she was also relatable. I also really liked Josh and his family, they are so cute and quirky, I just love how wholesome all the characters are. One of my favorite things about this book was the way it addresses biphobia. Bisexual/pansexual people have to put up with crap all the time abo I really liked this one! The messages of self-exploration and discovery were really prominent in the book and I really enjoyed watching CeCe try to figure herself out. She could be a little annoying at times, but she was also relatable. I also really liked Josh and his family, they are so cute and quirky, I just love how wholesome all the characters are. One of my favorite things about this book was the way it addresses biphobia. Bisexual/pansexual people have to put up with crap all the time about how they can’t be LGBTQ+ if they’re in a heterosexual relationship. This happens to CeCe throughout the book and I think the author dealt with the issue nicely. 4 Stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to @TBRAndBeyondTours, the publisher and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 4.5/5 CeCe Ross is one half of the internet famous pair #Cevie. But when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She's lost her first love and worries she'll lose her followers as well. Then she meets Josh, new boy in town trying to make his way into the music world. Josh is not a social media person and CeCe doesn't want him to know she's internet famous just Thank you to @TBRAndBeyondTours, the publisher and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 4.5/5 CeCe Ross is one half of the internet famous pair #Cevie. But when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She's lost her first love and worries she'll lose her followers as well. Then she meets Josh, new boy in town trying to make his way into the music world. Josh is not a social media person and CeCe doesn't want him to know she's internet famous just yet. But when her secrets catch up to her, CeCe is left to confront the hazy border of private vs public life, and figure out what fights are worth staking your reputation on. This book was so freaking cute! Every time I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down and the pages would whiz by. I really hope this book helps fight bi erasure in all its forms. It had such a strong message of bi visibility and not assuming people in opposite gender relationships are straight. Follow Your Arrow is such a timely novel, especially with how popular social media influencers have become. The app in this book sounds very similar to Instagram, and while I'm part of the small subset called Bookstagram, this book was so easy to relate to. CeCe is a disaster bisexual and I love her. She's faced a lot of unresolved childhood trauma due to how her father left her family and it is addressed a bit in the story. There were so many causes close to CeCe's heart, yet she was hesitant to make waves due to the above trauma. Whenever CeCe would blame herself for her father's actions I wanted to give her the biggest hug and be like please no lil babe you are an angel. I loved CeCe's friendship with Josh that slowly edged into more. It was so freaking cute and I loved them. I really appreciated that we also see CeCe and Silvie begin to reconcile and become friends again after their breakup. There's also several other queer side characters, as the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) is in charge of planning prom. The ending of this was so freaking cute and I definitely had some happy tears.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    I say this most respectfully but what the actual fuck was this? Follow Your Arrow is about a girl named CeCe who is a big deal on social media. Her and her girlfriend Silvie are social media influencers with tons and tons of followers each and they are constantly regarded as relationship goals. But then Silvie dumps her out of nowhere and CeCe is devastated. Things get messy when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy who isn't into social media. As CeCe gets closer to him, she likes that he doesn't know she I say this most respectfully but what the actual fuck was this? Follow Your Arrow is about a girl named CeCe who is a big deal on social media. Her and her girlfriend Silvie are social media influencers with tons and tons of followers each and they are constantly regarded as relationship goals. But then Silvie dumps her out of nowhere and CeCe is devastated. Things get messy when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy who isn't into social media. As CeCe gets closer to him, she likes that he doesn't know she's internet famous but soon her secrets catch up to her. This book had a really good message. It really punched biphobia in the face and fought back that just because you go into a hetero romance doesn't make you any less what you are. Important!! But also it was so biphobic and it half ruined CeCe's life and I didn't want to read any of that?? Like I went into this wanting to read about a bi MC but not all about her getting hate crimed and shit on but alright. #oh #my #god what the fuck was this #writing. For a lot of the #beginning (literally couldn't go a page without #dropping a random hashtag) CeCe kept #using hashtags for #no fucking #reason as she explained what her and her #girlfriend do online. It was ANNOYING AS HELL and I #cannot #express #how #much #I #wanted #to #dnf #the #fucking #book #right #there. Take this book to a trash can and #throw it out. I don't know why this author thought it #would be a good idea because it was not. Then CeCe was even saying the word hashtag in conversation and I died a little inside. I didn't know what this book was about before I bought it, sadly for me. I hate books about social media / internet fame and this was advanced annoying. The author apparently didn't want to say Instagram but instead of naming the app, it was literally just called the app? Or just plain social media? Like okay... All the screenshots of comments pls it hurt. CeCe was annoying and self centered. I guess that is just how social media influencers are but reading about her was not fun. The funny thing is that she was really into liberal topics and standing up for people and I agreed with her opinions 1000% but the way she was written and the way the entire book was written did not agree with me. Then comes the fact that CeCe lies about being social media famous to make sweet kisses with the first boy she meets. Both her and Silvie moved on SO fast from a relationship that was two years??? We love a rebound instalove I guess. I did not like CeCe and Josh together at all. He's so quirky he doesn't use social media, she's so quirky social media is all she cares about. True love while making out in the parking lot of trader joes #vibes. I should have just #dnf this when they wouldn't stop dropping #hashtags but here I am, just a girl wearing her clown shoes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexx

    I came here for bi rep, and damn, I got it. This was so good???? I literally couldn't stop reading once I started! It was funny, it was romantic, it was relatable, and best of all it tackled several issues prevalent in the real world. This book discussed biphobia, the good and bad parts of social media/having an online presence, political activism, messy families, first relationships/heartbreaks, and more! I wanted more answers or closure from some parts of the plot, but they were left unanswered I came here for bi rep, and damn, I got it. This was so good???? I literally couldn't stop reading once I started! It was funny, it was romantic, it was relatable, and best of all it tackled several issues prevalent in the real world. This book discussed biphobia, the good and bad parts of social media/having an online presence, political activism, messy families, first relationships/heartbreaks, and more! I wanted more answers or closure from some parts of the plot, but they were left unanswered in the end so that's a bit of a setback. Still, this was such a solid read and I definitely enjoyed it a lot. CW: internalized biphobia, invasion of privacy (photos being taken without permission), cyberbullying (hate/biphobic comments on social media) Creative blog will be posted soon as part of Follow Your Arrow: Book Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Find me elsewhere: Instagram | Twitter | Blog

  10. 5 out of 5

    Belle Ellrich

    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL GALLEY BY THE PUBLISHER IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION* I was over-the-moon excited when I got wind of this book. Having just came out of the closet as bisexual last year, I've really been looking for characters in books to identify with and relate to. And this book gave me that exact experience. CeCe is a bisexual, fashion influencer on social media. She has a girlfriend, Silvie, who is a lesbian and is also in the same position as CeCe. *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL GALLEY BY THE PUBLISHER IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION* I was over-the-moon excited when I got wind of this book. Having just came out of the closet as bisexual last year, I've really been looking for characters in books to identify with and relate to. And this book gave me that exact experience. CeCe is a bisexual, fashion influencer on social media. She has a girlfriend, Silvie, who is a lesbian and is also in the same position as CeCe. On the internet, they're known as one of the LGBTQIA+ community's biggest OTPs #Cevie. I really liked that the author incorporated social media into this book. As something that has become an extension of everyone's day to day priorities, and especially for quite a few of us in the book community, I think it's really important to have such a focus on social media in books. Jessica Verdi did not shy away from exposing social media for its good and bad parts, and I really liked how that was addressed throughout the book. Social media can be like a drug, for some people. And with CeCe, we see just how much she relies on it to validate herself and her doings every day. This wasn't a book that shied away from the topic of biphobia either. I've seen countless times on social media, people tell complete strangers that have no effect on their lives to "pick a side" to prefer. While Verdi didn't capitalize on the issue of biphobia until later on in the book, she did bring up lots of important moments and tellings of being bisexual through CeCe. There were so many points within this book where I was able to relate, but there were also some points that made me frown a bit. I was not a fan of the Harry Potter references made in the book, and I do seriously hope the author takes those out of the final copy. We've moved past the point of needing to make HP references, and I'm honestly sick of seeing them. Along with that, and though it was resolved at the end, I didn't like how CeCe chose to not talk about politics anymore because it became difficult and uncomfortable. There are people in this world who literally cannot stop talking about politics because it's a matter of their human rights, and I found it very privileged for CeCe to say she's not including politics on her social media or in her personal life anymore for 80% of the book. All in all, I did really enjoy this book. It gave me representation I've needed to see, as well as cute and cliche moments that I didn't realize I was needing until now. But I do think there was quite a bit of room for improvements and realizations, and for that, I rate this book 3.75 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Phelps

    The only good thing about this book was its discussion of bisexuality. The rest of it was just so cringey and self-righteous. The characters all felt like archetypes who had little to no nuance. The main character was also completely insufferable. Do not recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    caro | sanjariti

    I FEEL SO SEEN BY THIS BOOK 😭 this book is everything to me as a bisexual person in a “straight” relationship. I have never felt so understood by any book about bisexuality before and i am going to cherish Cece forever 🥺

  13. 5 out of 5

    LeaReadsandRants

    3ish. Cute, quick read with really interesting discussions surrounding bisexuality an biphobia (even though I'm not sure about the use of same-sex gender and opposite gender to define bisexuality since there are more than two genders which also was acknowledged in the book but yeah, was weird) Really interesting to follow the path of an Instagram influencer. However, I wished there was more to the book, more closure on some narrative arcs, and more in-depth characterization. 3ish. Cute, quick read with really interesting discussions surrounding bisexuality an biphobia (even though I'm not sure about the use of same-sex gender and opposite gender to define bisexuality since there are more than two genders which also was acknowledged in the book but yeah, was weird) Really interesting to follow the path of an Instagram influencer. However, I wished there was more to the book, more closure on some narrative arcs, and more in-depth characterization.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelf Blame

    Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Scholastic for the ARC of this book! Cece and her girlfriend Silvie are internet famous. With millions of followers and sponsorships behind them, they're the ultimate #OTP. When they break up, Cece is suddenly left adrift, wondering how her followers will react and how she can keep her life online from crumbling. Things start to look up when she meets Josh, a musician who holds a deep disdain for social media. She's able to live her life in the presen Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Scholastic for the ARC of this book! Cece and her girlfriend Silvie are internet famous. With millions of followers and sponsorships behind them, they're the ultimate #OTP. When they break up, Cece is suddenly left adrift, wondering how her followers will react and how she can keep her life online from crumbling. Things start to look up when she meets Josh, a musician who holds a deep disdain for social media. She's able to live her life in the present for once. But when word gets out about her new relationship, Cece stands to lose more than her followers. Full disclosure: I was very not sure about this book when I started reading it. Cece was a fine character, but she read very much like a woke white girl with all of her outrage, very little of it seemingly directed at issues that affect BIPOC, but things like general (re: white) 'feminism' and the environment. I would've liked to see her acknowledge that, but I understand that wasn't the main point of the story. There is also a Harry Potter reference not far into the book, and while there is a trans character in the book and I know the author is a trans ally, it still immediately left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not sure if this book was written before JKR's comments were made, but it is what it is. That said, I did end up really enjoying the book. It's a really good commentary on how seriously we can take social media. I'm not an influencer by any means, but I've definitely felt the pressure of bookstagram and obsessively tracking followers and hashtags and feeling like I needed to put more into it. Cece knew she put too much stock in what other people thought, but she was okay with it because she'd never had to really face the dark parts of the internet. She hid the unlikeable things about herself to build her persona. I appreciated that the break up with her girlfriend was handled like a natural break up would be. Not one big thing that happened, but a subtle shifting and growth that occurs naturally when you've been with someone for so long. Josh was likable as a love interest, even if he was a little stock image. Of course he didn't know how to use a computer or social media. Why would he? Beyond that, he felt like a whole person with a personality and a family he cherished. His Dad and little sister were both adorable. The thing that really swayed me towards this book though, was the commentary on being bi. Specifically, how biphobia is rampant in both the LGBTQ and straight communities. Not gay enough to be queer, not straight enough to be straight. There's internalized biphobia and Cece felt it as soon as she fell for a boy. There's so much pressure in the community to be the right kind of queer, and it can feel absolutely suffocating sometimes. Constantly second-guessing yourself. This was handled so well in this book, and that alone left me wanting to applaud at the end. I want this book for the ace community too. It was empowering. Overall a good and quick read. If you can get past the few things I mentioned, I think it's worth it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book brought on a whole range of emotions for me, but in the end, I enjoyed it. The characters were fun to get to know, the romance was super adorable, and the message(s) of this book was great. Josh was definitely one of my favorite characters from this book. He was just so cute! He often said what he was thinking or was just so abashedly himself and it was adorable. I loved getting to know him and seeing how things progressed between him and CeCe. I just wanted to send heart emojis his way This book brought on a whole range of emotions for me, but in the end, I enjoyed it. The characters were fun to get to know, the romance was super adorable, and the message(s) of this book was great. Josh was definitely one of my favorite characters from this book. He was just so cute! He often said what he was thinking or was just so abashedly himself and it was adorable. I loved getting to know him and seeing how things progressed between him and CeCe. I just wanted to send heart emojis his way every time he was mentioned in the story. CeCe was also a good character to have featured in this story. I appreciate the tough journey she had to go through and where she ended up at the end of the book because of it. She had to face new truths, confront old demons, and figure out who she wanted to be because of these things. There was great character development with her and I'm glad I was able to witness it. There was a Kacey Musgraves reference! I'm so glad the song "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves was mentioned because that's all I think of every time I see the title of this book. I don't know if that's where the idea of this story came from or maybe the song just happened to fit well with the plot, but I'm glad it was mentioned. Also, I learned a lot about how some people who identify as bisexual sometimes feel. I had no idea some of them feel as though they're not quite accepted into/part of the LGBTQ+ community because they can "pass as straight". I'm glad this book addressed not only this common issue but others that those who ID as bi may experience. Something I wasn't a big fan of about this book was that it was very political. In general, I'm not a fan of books that are political no matter how much I agree or disagree with what's being said. It's a personal preference, but I recognize that many people appreciate that books similar to this are speaking up about important issues. I just like the more light-hearted things. Overall, this book was delightful and very educational. I'm not in love with it, but it had its moments that made me swoon, or sigh, or cry, or shout. It will be remembered. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Must read, must buy alert! Out 3/2/21 from @scholasticinc; thank you for the free book! . . . When Silvie breaks up with CeCe, it's not just the end of their relationship IRL, but also on "the app" where they are internet famous and #relationshipgoals for LGBTQIA fans across the world. Suddenly CeCe doesn't know who she is or what to post about it without her girlfriend. Then CeCe meets Josh, an internet phobic violinist who is kind and doesn't know about CeCe's online life. CeCe has always known s Must read, must buy alert! Out 3/2/21 from @scholasticinc; thank you for the free book! . . . When Silvie breaks up with CeCe, it's not just the end of their relationship IRL, but also on "the app" where they are internet famous and #relationshipgoals for LGBTQIA fans across the world. Suddenly CeCe doesn't know who she is or what to post about it without her girlfriend. Then CeCe meets Josh, an internet phobic violinist who is kind and doesn't know about CeCe's online life. CeCe has always known she was bisexual/pansexual, but she's worried she'll lose her LGBT cred if she's seen dating a guy. When CeCe's secrets all come to light in the worst way possible, she'll find herself losing followers but also possibly losing Josh. Will she be #canceled forever or can she find a way to tell the truth in a way that . . . "How do you know you're bisexual and not gay?" he asks, and I smile to myself at his predictability. This is something I've thought a lot about, and I have my answer at the ready. "Because seuality isn't experience-based. It's feelings-based...and I guess technically I'm pansexual, because obviously there are more than two genders, and the person's gender or sex isn't the thing that makes me attracted to them anyway--" . . . Wow. Not only is this book compulsively readable (#onedayread), but it's also a wonderful book about identity and particularly bisexual (and pansexual! first time I've seen it in a YA book!) identity. Author @jessverdi has written an incredible YA book that explores sexuality, identity, and social media and I can't wait to buy it for my library. Grades 7+ and a must buy for every MS and HS library. . . . #middleschoollibrarian #middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs #iteachlibrary #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #librariesfollowlibraries #librarylife #librarianlife #schoollibrarian #iteach #librarylove #booksbooksbooks #amreading #bibliophile #lgbtqia #lgbt #lgbtbooks #pansexual #bisexual #jessverdi #followyourarrow

  17. 5 out of 5

    么OLYMPUS

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. CeCe is famous.Well, internet famous. But it's the same thing, isn't it? Anyway. Everything is going well until Silvie, her girlfriend of one year, breaks up with her. Not only did she break up with her, but she'd been thinking about doing it for 3 months. 3. Months. 3 Months ago, they'd put their name on the bridge with a lock, initaled 'Celvie'. After Silvie ends everything, CeCe is soon put into a very unfortable situation, having to explain to all of her followers that there is no more 'Celv CeCe is famous.Well, internet famous. But it's the same thing, isn't it? Anyway. Everything is going well until Silvie, her girlfriend of one year, breaks up with her. Not only did she break up with her, but she'd been thinking about doing it for 3 months. 3. Months. 3 Months ago, they'd put their name on the bridge with a lock, initaled 'Celvie'. After Silvie ends everything, CeCe is soon put into a very unfortable situation, having to explain to all of her followers that there is no more 'Celvie'. Just CeCe. Planning on not getting into a relationship for a while, that changes. At least, when she meets Josh. Josh loves music. CeCe doesn't know much about music. Josh hates Social Media. CeCe loves Social Media - Better yet, her life IS social media. So soon, one thing becomes clear: Don't Tell Josh about Anything.They become acquaintances, friends, then alittle more than friends. But when she's seen with Josh, everything comes spiraling downwards, Josh coming along with her. This is now a favorite. I loved this book, and I think it was a very good plot. CeCe had her moments. Her small moments, in which made me mad. Like, when she kept on caring what people thought. In my mind, if this happened to me, I would keep on threatening to leave social media, lol. My toxicity would automatically come out. I think this book also has its own kind of theme/lesson learned. I noticed that the theme is more than likely 'Don't pay attention to what people think of you.' because that's what I've learned the most. But I really do not want to spoil the book for anyone planning on reading this in the future, so I'm keeping it short. But I do reccomend for you to read, and you will enjoy it. A. Lot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    ***ARC Review*** I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I had it in my life. Though it’s wrapped in a bright and fun package, Follow Your Arrow is equal parts heavy and light. It discusses interesting and important issues regarding social media and biphobia. CeCe’s struggles really resonated with me and towards the end of the book she gives a speech that hit hard and deep. CeCe is a lovable and complex main character who is both relatable and interesting, I loved reading her story. The r ***ARC Review*** I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I had it in my life. Though it’s wrapped in a bright and fun package, Follow Your Arrow is equal parts heavy and light. It discusses interesting and important issues regarding social media and biphobia. CeCe’s struggles really resonated with me and towards the end of the book she gives a speech that hit hard and deep. CeCe is a lovable and complex main character who is both relatable and interesting, I loved reading her story. The romance is absolutely adorable and I love the love interest but I feel the story is more centered around the main character’s personal growth which I think is amazing. She grows in many ways, both internally and in terms of her relationships with those around her— her family, the love interest, and, perhaps most importantly, the world as she sees it, and it sees her, through social media. This book contains messages that I personally needed to hear about loving who you are and just all-around made me very happy. Something else I enjoyed about the book was the focus on music and how the author mentions specific songs to help enhance the messages and emotions in the story. I listened to some of the songs and, uh, I’m obsessed!! Overall, Follow Your Arrow is a sweet story filled with beautiful messages and lovable characters that is perfect for fans of You Should See Me in a Crown!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Going in, I thought this would be a lighthearted read but this was so much more! CeCe was incredibly relatable, and as a child of the internet, influencer culture still fascinates me. I loved the mix of prose and social media posts, although it would've been neat to see some images too and not just captions or tweets! Like with many romcoms, the lying by omission trope was hard at work in this one. I'm not the biggest fan of this and was very thankful for CeCe's mom reminding her about the impor Going in, I thought this would be a lighthearted read but this was so much more! CeCe was incredibly relatable, and as a child of the internet, influencer culture still fascinates me. I loved the mix of prose and social media posts, although it would've been neat to see some images too and not just captions or tweets! Like with many romcoms, the lying by omission trope was hard at work in this one. I'm not the biggest fan of this and was very thankful for CeCe's mom reminding her about the importance of honesty. She even emphasizes that if Josh didn't like CeCe's online life, then would she want to be with him anyways? In addition, the biphobia and rampant hatred Cece got for dating a boy was honestly a little hard to read, but I did love seeing the community rally together in the end to uplift and support bi voices. As noted previously, there are mentions of biphobia so please take care of yourself when reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in retrun* I liked reading this book. It's about CeCe who is social media famous with her girlfriend Silvie. Silvie breaks up with her and Cece is sad. Later she meets a boy named Josh and doesn't want him to know how she is famous online but her secrets are catching up and she doesn't know what to do. I enjoyed reading this book. It was an okay read but felt that it was something similar that I have read this year. I did enjoy th *this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in retrun* I liked reading this book. It's about CeCe who is social media famous with her girlfriend Silvie. Silvie breaks up with her and Cece is sad. Later she meets a boy named Josh and doesn't want him to know how she is famous online but her secrets are catching up and she doesn't know what to do. I enjoyed reading this book. It was an okay read but felt that it was something similar that I have read this year. I did enjoy the author's writing but I thought the pacing was off and on. The plot and setting were great though. The main character in this book, Cece, is Bi and wants to have a relationship that doesn't involve social media. I did enjoy the main character but didn't feel that connection with her. I did enjoy the supporting characters and I thought the author did a wonderful job with adding CeCe's mom to the story because some novels forget about the parents. There isn't a villain really but the main villain that we can say is social media. I just thought that this book mostly focused on social media and didn't have the perfect balance with the characters with it. I did think it was a good story, don't get me wrong with that. I did enjoy some parts of this book but didn't love it enough for 5/5 or 4/5 stars. This book is perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Slvera.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    “So, make lots of noise Kiss lots of boys Or kiss lots of girls If that's something you're into When the straight and narrow Gets a little too straight Roll up a joint, or don't Just follow your arrow Wherever it points, yeah Follow your arrow Wherever it points” “So, make lots of noise Kiss lots of boys Or kiss lots of girls If that's something you're into When the straight and narrow Gets a little too straight Roll up a joint, or don't Just follow your arrow Wherever it points, yeah Follow your arrow Wherever it points”

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★

    Full review to be published on March 7 (along with an interview with Jess!) at kaitplusbooks.com as part of the TBRandBeyond Blog Tour! For right now: I'm crying happy tears again. Going to paste one of my very favorite quotes from the book here, because honestly it sums up my feelings towards the book pretty well: "I hope you like it, but it’s okay if you don’t. Because I LOVE IT." Full review to be published on March 7 (along with an interview with Jess!) at kaitplusbooks.com as part of the TBRandBeyond Blog Tour! For right now: I'm crying happy tears again. Going to paste one of my very favorite quotes from the book here, because honestly it sums up my feelings towards the book pretty well: "I hope you like it, but it’s okay if you don’t. Because I LOVE IT."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Hedglin

    This book is worth 5 stars for several reasons. It felt so modern and relevant with the plot centered on "the app" (which is basically Instagram but probably couldn't say so for copyright reasons). I'm sure there will be a lot more of this seen in YA, and even fiction as a whole, but this is the first book I've read that really focused on its relevance to this degree. CeCe is internet famous. Mostly because of her relationship with fellow influencer Silvie. When Silvie dumps her unexpectedly, sh This book is worth 5 stars for several reasons. It felt so modern and relevant with the plot centered on "the app" (which is basically Instagram but probably couldn't say so for copyright reasons). I'm sure there will be a lot more of this seen in YA, and even fiction as a whole, but this is the first book I've read that really focused on its relevance to this degree. CeCe is internet famous. Mostly because of her relationship with fellow influencer Silvie. When Silvie dumps her unexpectedly, she has to figure out who she is apart from #Cevie, the OTP (one true pairing) everyone online loves to ship. When she meets Josh, a guy with no social media presence who thinks influencers are evil brainwashers and catches feelings, what's a girl to do? Will he even want to be with her when he finds out she has close to a million followers and makes tons of money on sponsorships? While CeCe Ross, the bisexual MC came across as self-righteous at times, she was overall a great character. This is also the first book I have ever read that addresses the fact that sometimes the LGBTQ community, which prides itself on being so accepting, is not always so to a bisexual person dating a cis person of the opposite gender. This is highlighted when CeCe is "cancelled" when photos leak of her kissing a boy. CeCe says, "I understand that cisgender bisexual and pansexual people have the luxury - the privilege - of being able to date someone of the opposite sex and fly under the radar in everyday society, whereas gay and lesbian people, and many trans people, don't. I agree it isn't fair. But does that mean bi and pan folks don't get to wave the flag quite as high or shout quite as loud? Do they not get to stand up and be counted too? What happened to supporting and welcoming someone no matter how they ID or who they love, regardless of if it fits a certain narrative?"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Mathews

    I really enjoyed this! Full review to come soon!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. CeCe Ross and her girlfriend, Silvie, are two pretty famous influencers, at least in their town and they've been together for a while now. And everything is perfect, or at least CeCe thinks it is before Silvie breaks up with her out of the blue. CeCe is lost and is scared to lose some of her followers who were Cevie shippers and the fear worsens after she meets Josh who is very much not online and dislikes influencers on princ I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. CeCe Ross and her girlfriend, Silvie, are two pretty famous influencers, at least in their town and they've been together for a while now. And everything is perfect, or at least CeCe thinks it is before Silvie breaks up with her out of the blue. CeCe is lost and is scared to lose some of her followers who were Cevie shippers and the fear worsens after she meets Josh who is very much not online and dislikes influencers on principle. I liked this book. It took me a little time to get into it and the whole influencer thing. I had a little trouble with CeCe explaining everything social media and fandom related to Josh, it felt forced but once that was done, I really got into it and really fell for the characters. it was a fun read despite touching on sensitive subjects, mostly the biphobia within the LGBT+ community. Still, it was a cute, fun book and I enjoyed reading it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)

    Full Review & Blog Tour: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... CeCe, a junior in high school, is known for having lots of followers on social media along with her girlfriend, Silvie. They both are influencers known to be together and for speaking up about things they believe in. They even have their own hashtag, #Cevie. When Silvie tells CeCe that she wants to break up, CeCe is devastated and surprised. After the breakup, CeCe isn't looking for someone else but then Josh shows up. He has littl Full Review & Blog Tour: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c... CeCe, a junior in high school, is known for having lots of followers on social media along with her girlfriend, Silvie. They both are influencers known to be together and for speaking up about things they believe in. They even have their own hashtag, #Cevie. When Silvie tells CeCe that she wants to break up, CeCe is devastated and surprised. After the breakup, CeCe isn't looking for someone else but then Josh shows up. He has little to do with the internet, so CeCe is determined to keep her online life away and hidden. Secrets, of course, can't stay hidden forever. What happens when her online life starts to involve Josh? The author did a good job with the characters. I especially liked Josh because of his love for music. His love for violin is like mine for piano, but if only I had more time to play. The presence of CeCe's mom was also important because it was nice to see support from her mom even though it was the complete opposite with her dad. Overall, I had lots of fun reading this book! It wasn't very long and the perfect length for my hectic week. I will definitely check out other books by this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book! CeCe and her girlfriend, Sylvie, are social media influencer, with millions of fans and followers and partnerships, but when Sylvie breaks up with her, CeCe loses a piece of her. And she’s afraid to lose her followers, too, so invested in their relationship, so much they created an hastag with their names combined: Cevie. CeCe is forced to figure out who is she without Sylvie and CeCe, while navigating h Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book! CeCe and her girlfriend, Sylvie, are social media influencer, with millions of fans and followers and partnerships, but when Sylvie breaks up with her, CeCe loses a piece of her. And she’s afraid to lose her followers, too, so invested in their relationship, so much they created an hastag with their names combined: Cevie. CeCe is forced to figure out who is she without Sylvie and CeCe, while navigating her heartbreak and keeping up her profile. Meeting Josh, funny, smart and Not Online isn’t something she was expecting, but slowly CeCe starts to have feelings for him, determined to keep him away from knowing how famous she is. But when secrets are revealed, CeCe has to face an online and personal crisis and she will have to decide who she wants to be. If she wants to speak her truth or keep the facade on and off line. Follow your arrow is a captivating and interesting story, with a compelling main character. CeCe is both an Influencer, with an apparently perfect life on social medias, and a teenager, dealing with friends, relationships, romantic and familial, school and so on. Told in first person by CeCe, the story follows her through heartbreak, new relationships, friends, both on and off line, her thoughts, her rage, fears, pain and memories. The reader gets to know a brilliant main character, weighed down by her complex and painful relationship with her conservative father, her passion for politics and queer rights, the enviroment and, at the same time, her fear of being herself, of losing followers, of being forgotten if she decided to be outspoken and truthful to her beliefs. Through CeCe’s eyes, the reader is able to see how dangerous and obsessive social medias can be, how fake is the life many show the world, how difficult and draining can be keeping up a facade in front of everything. At the same time, though, the author shows how important Internet can be, the support and love and understanding people can get through it, the bonds it can create, the news it can share. Between social media posts, messages and emoticons, partnerships posts, the reader follows CeCe in her journey and growth into being more confident of herself, her beliefs and identity, realizing the importance of being surrounded by people who loves her exactly for what and who she is and not from what other see on social medias. I really appreciated how the author tackles the complexity of social medias, Internet hate and bullying and the conversation and definition of being bisexual, how CeCe isn’t less bisexual or queer if she dates a cisgender male, how there are infinite choice and not just two, how: “Yes,” I say, turning another page “the labels, the letters in the initialism- LBTQIAP- are important. Owning your identity is powerful, and something to be proud of. But sometimes the letters also box people in, put margins and rules on what does and doesn’t qualify, and who is and isn’t welcome, and what someone who IDs a certain way is and isn’t allowed to do.” (quotes from the earc, so they can be subject to changes) I really enjoyed reading this book. There were some predictable moments, but the story is very captivating, the characters are well written and relatable and I loved realizing how much CeCe grew through the story, becoming more confident, stronger and less focused on what other people think. I definitely recommend this book. It’s funny, it tackles many important themes, like sexuality, being oneself, bullying, the good and bad part of social medias, love, family and relationships.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    Thoughts and Themes: Do you ever read something and think, am I reading my life?! I don’t even know how to begin talking about this book. I can start by letting you all know that this book felt like I was reading about myself when I was a teenager. It was not only something teenage me needed but also something that current me still needs to hear. At the end, this book felt like a hug that I’ve needed since I came out to my parents as bisexual at 13 years old. From the beginning of the story as Cec Thoughts and Themes: Do you ever read something and think, am I reading my life?! I don’t even know how to begin talking about this book. I can start by letting you all know that this book felt like I was reading about myself when I was a teenager. It was not only something teenage me needed but also something that current me still needs to hear. At the end, this book felt like a hug that I’ve needed since I came out to my parents as bisexual at 13 years old. From the beginning of the story as Cece deals with her break up with Sylvie and struggles through that, to the end where she gives such as important speech to thousands of people, I saw myself in this story. I cried in the first few chapters as Cece dealt with her breakup the way that I dealt with the end of my first relationship, and than cheered her on through her confusion of having new feelings for someone else. I smiled and laughed when she mentions coming out at 13 years old, having 2 girlfriends, and is now dating a guy because that was my life. Cece sharing how her relationship with her dad was turbulent felt so much like seeing my relationship with my dad. I cried for myself in those moments in which her dad said things that I have heard come out of my own dad’s mouth. It felt like a hug when Cece stood up for herself each time against him and walks away from him. I wish I could demand the respect that Cece demands from someone so important to me. I am going to warn you all because there is a lot of biphobia in this book and those moments were hard to read through. These weren’t things I hadn’t seen before but it still hurts to be reminded that people think this way. The internet’s response to Cece dating a male put all of my fears onto a page, it reminded me of why I am so scared of catching feelings for a cisgender male. It also reminded me of how scared I am for the LGBTQ+ community to perceive me in a “straight relationship” because I don’t want to lose that community based off what they perceive. Cece’s response to this and the response of others on the internet when she stands up for bisexuals really resonated with me. Characters: Throughout this story you meet several characters but it revolves around Cece’s life and the people in it. Through Cece you meet her ex, Sylvie, her new boyfriend, Josh, her internet family, and her mom. I really liked how Cece’s relationship with Josh develops organically without the pressure of other’s weighing in. I thought it was nice to see them really getting to know each other and how unfiltered Cece was able to be with him. I did feel bad for both of them when the internet got involved in their relationship because they both were dealing with what it meant for each of them. I loved how supportive Cece’s mom was of everything that Cece did and how she stepped in whenever she was needed. I loved watching the moments in which they watched television together or when Cece’s mom stepped in to take care of her. Her mom being supportive reminded me of staying in my mom’s bedroom shortly after getting my heart broken and how much I needed her in those moments. Writing Style: This story is told in first person through the perspective of our main character, Cece. I really liked that we got this story through her perspective and we don’t get to see how anyone else is feeling. I think it was great that we didn’t get Sylvie’s perspective on the breakup beyond what was posted online, and we don’t get to know Josh’s feelings when he isn’t with Cece. There were some pieces of things on the app included in the story in a different color font which I thought was great to include. I really liked that we got to see these messages from others online and were not just told how Cece feels about it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    FOLLOW YOUR ARROW is a heartfelt read about love, breaking up, and being true to yourself. CeCe has made a name for herself as an influencer. While she initially started her profile to shout her political positions, it has turned into a lifestyle blog about fashion and LGBT rights. CeCe is bisexual, and she has been with her influencer girlfriend Silvie, for years. Together, as #Cevie, they are highly shipped and a OTP. Although they have been arguing more lately, CeCe really loves her - which i FOLLOW YOUR ARROW is a heartfelt read about love, breaking up, and being true to yourself. CeCe has made a name for herself as an influencer. While she initially started her profile to shout her political positions, it has turned into a lifestyle blog about fashion and LGBT rights. CeCe is bisexual, and she has been with her influencer girlfriend Silvie, for years. Together, as #Cevie, they are highly shipped and a OTP. Although they have been arguing more lately, CeCe really loves her - which is why she is thrown for a loop when Silvie says she wants to break up. Feeling a little lost, CeCe begins to define herself, who she wants to be, and balance social media. When she meets a cute violinist who abhors social media, CeCe is conflicted about how much of her other life to share. Even though CeCe knows she is bi, her social media following doesn't seem like they will understand. When everything catches up to her, CeCe finds herself at the crossroads, where she will have to decide who she is and who she wants to be- on social media and IRL. What I loved: The inclusion of the posts and comments from social media added something special to this story with some important themes. The book discusses how that B in LGBT+ fits into the spectrum and the prejudices those individuals face in identifying with some really poignant insights. This discussion really captures the challenges around being bisexual and the way this is accepted (or not) by the larger world poignantly. I also appreciated the challenges and anxieties that CeCe faces in being true to herself - something that often seems difficult to do. Other themes such as the impact of social media on self-esteem and the feeling of being on both sides of the social media crosshairs feel really poignant in today's atmosphere, particularly given the challenges that teens may have in navigating them. This book could set the stage for some important conversations about social media and how to handle a virtual life psychologically and safely. Another major theme was CeCe and wanting to be true to who she is, while also dealing with some social anxieties. I would have liked to see more resources for her in handling this, but I do appreciate the penultimate message of the importance of authenticity and being your true self. In terms of the romance, it was cute and slow-building, but I think there was also strength in showing resilience after a surprising breakup. CeCe is shocked by Silvie's declaration, and dealing with the fallout is something most people will face at some point. This was mostly handled with grace throughout, while also showing the emotional difficulties of a breakup. Final verdict: FOLLOW YOUR ARROW is an engaging YA contemporary about being authentic, living your life for yourself, and the pressures of social media. This would be a great book to help frame discussions around internet use as well as LGBTQIA+ issues. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ananya Annapurna

    “So how do you know you’re bisexual and not gay?” he asks, and I smile to myself at his predictability. This is something I’ve thought a lot about, and I have my answer at the ready. “Because sexuality isn’t experienced-based. It’s feelings-based. How do you know you’re straight, even though you just said you’ve never dated anyone?” ~ Follow Your Arrow, Jessica Verdi~ First of all, I'd like to thank @jessicaverdi, and @tbrandbeyondtours for this e-ARC copy of Follow Your Arrow! Second of all! Oh. M “So how do you know you’re bisexual and not gay?” he asks, and I smile to myself at his predictability. This is something I’ve thought a lot about, and I have my answer at the ready. “Because sexuality isn’t experienced-based. It’s feelings-based. How do you know you’re straight, even though you just said you’ve never dated anyone?” ~ Follow Your Arrow, Jessica Verdi~ First of all, I'd like to thank @jessicaverdi, and @tbrandbeyondtours for this e-ARC copy of Follow Your Arrow! Second of all! Oh. My. God. This book is so subtly amazing!! It's kind of a simple, heartwarming, finding-who-you-are story with all the right elements of romance, heartbreak, self-examination and realisation and being yourself! And to make it even better, it was funny. The book talked about a lot of problems, like social media, biphobia, parental issues etc, and I was amazed by how nicely it was handled. I could relate, somewhat at least, to her pressure due to, yet attachment of Social media. I mean, handling a bookstagram is no piece of cake! I've been so inactive these days because of it. I loved how beautiful the negatives and positives of social media was shown. The book was also pretty political and I appreciate how it emphasized the need of political activism, no matter who you are. Coming to the characters, I could relate a lot with Cece. Especially the whole thing about being bisexual, and internalised biphobia. There shouldn't be any rules about being gay enough, or straight enough, and this thought was beautifully realized in this book. "But bisexuality is a thing, and it’s time we do better at recognizing and celebrating that.” I also liked how she didn't shy away from picking a fight with her father whenever she thought she was right and he was wrong. Because, girl, I relate 100% "I don’t know how to agree to disagree, and I don’t know how to respect someone just because he’s my parent." And JOSH. Josh is just the bestest, cutest, cinnamon roll! I love whenever I encounter characters like him, so, obviously, I loved him. Josh's father, especially, was such a sweet character! Cece's mom was so supportive of her, although she never trusted Social Media as much as Cece (and for good reasons) she was always there for her, for every step of the way! All in all, loved the book. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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