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.
Title: Follow Your Arrow
Author: Jessica Verdi
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Overall, this book was delightful and very educational. It had many 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.
Top 5 Reasons to Read Follow Your Arrow
- A strong, female main character that stands up for what she believes and learns to be herself more openly
- Lots of fun social media talk. There are tweets/posts in each chapter and hashtags interspersed throughout that made me laugh sometimes
- Many insightful conversations about those who identify as bisexual and some honest things they may struggle with in different social communities
- Josh’s family. They were so fun and honest and just had classic chaotic family energy. I promise you’ll love them.
- Josh. Enough said.
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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