Book Review: 'Follow Your Arrow' By Jessica Verdi

I knew I had to pick up 'Follow Your Arrow' the minute I listened to Jessica Verdi talk on Pride Book Fest. The cover spoke to me as did the blurb and I have to say it quickly became one of my favourite reads.


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.

My Review

I really loved Cece right away. I thought she was so sweet and she tugged at my heart strings with how she was always thinking about what other people thought and making sure she was doing the right thing. I think a lot of us can relate to those feelings of insecurity when it comes to overthinking and not wanting to make mistakes, I know I could. My heart broke for her when Silvie broke up with her as I felt Silvie's lack of communication was a little unfair but then as events start to unfold, I loved both of them going on their own journeys and learning what was right for them. 

I absolutely adored Josh and I loved Cece's journey in seeing him for all that he was and how her feelings slowly came to light. It really was the sweetest thing when she realised that she liked him, liked him. I thought Josh was the coolest in how passionate he was for his music and I really liked that he wasn't online. It was cool that they had that dynamic where Cece could learn to put her phone down, appreciate things in the present moment and keep things just for herself, while at the same time she could aid Josh in getting his music out there more and getting people to hear it so it could be a possible career for him. I liked that they learnt to balance that and I also liked their doughnut dates. Those made me smile! Also, Josh's family and Cece's Mum were just the best. I loved reading whenever Cece was at Josh's house and how Cece's Mum looked after Cece. 

I will say that my absolute favourite thing about this book was how Jessica didn't shy away from talking about Biphobia. It was incredibly difficult to read the way people treated Cece when they saw her kissing a guy and I wanted to shout at them all and tell Cece to leave her phone and never look at it again. I just didn't want them to get to her and ruin her confidence and relationship with Josh. But my gosh was I rooting for her when she fought to do the speech at the Pride event. I was nearly in tears with how proud I was for all that she said and how beautifully she said it. I don't want to spoil it too much because you will have to read the book but it truly was powerful and so very inspiring and the culmination of such a gorgeous read about embracing every part of you and loving yourself no matter what anyone says. 

'Follow Your Arrow' is such a fun and gorgeous read about love, friendship, doing what feels right for you and standing up for who you are! I loved it and highly recommend you give it a read! 

Happy reading! 

1 comment :

  1. Loved the depth of this character and relevancy for today’s youth. Also just an enjoyable read. Well done!