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By: Megan Angelo
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
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Publisher's summary

"This dark, pitch-perfect novel about our dependence on technology for validation and human connection is as addictive as social media itself.” (People)

A Time and NPR Best Book of 2020

Highly recommend by:

  • People Magazine
  • The Skimm
  • Katie Couric’s "Wake-Up Call"
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Marie Claire
  • Bitch Media
  • Hello Giggles
  • Bustle
  • Booklist

An electrifying story of two ambitious friends and the dark choices they make to become internet famous.

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss - a striving, wannabe A-lister - who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’ methods are a little shady - and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity - 12 million loyal followers - Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss, and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

©2020 Megan Angelo (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Editor's Pick

The price of fame
"I imagine that Orla Cadden would balk at recent news that Instagram is testing removing likes. When we meet the blogger in 2015, at the height of "celebrity culture", her entire life is focused on making her New York City roommate, Floss, famous. After a fateful incident on the stairs at an Urban Outfitters store catapults them both to fame, these overnight celebrities end up getting more than they bargained for. Unlike Orla and Floss, Marlow doesn’t want to be famous. It’s 2051, she lives every moment of her life on a reality show set in Constellation, CA (think Calabasas on speed), and she can’t get out. Until one day she does, and jets off to NYC to find the truth about her past, hurtling her toward a reckoning with events that happened 35 years ago. Megan Angelo’s debut novel is not only an engrossing story of these three women and their desire to be liked, but an important lesson for us all in this influencer-fueled world where we’ll do anything for the ‘gram’, but at what cost?"
Margaret H., Audible Editor

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