People to Follow: A Novel (Paperback)
In Olivia Worley's pitch-perfect debut, People to Follow, ten teen influencers come to a remote island to star in a reality show, but when one of them winds up dead, they realize that this time, the price of getting “cancelled” could be their lives.
A reality show on a remote Caribbean island. Ten teen influencers. One dead body.
Welcome to “In Real Life,” the hot new reality show that forces social media’s reigning kings and queens to unplug for three weeks and “go live” without any filters. IRL is supposed to be the opportunity of a lifetime, watched closely by legions of loyal followers. But for these rising stars--including Elody, an Instagram model with an impulsive streak; Kira, a child star turned fitness influencer; Logan, a disgraced TikTok celeb with a secret; and Max, a YouTuber famous for exposés on his fellow creators--it’s about to turn into a nightmare.
When the production crew fails to show up and one of their own meets a violent end, these social media moguls find themselves stranded with a dead body and no way to reach the outside world. When they start receiving messages from a mysterious Sponsor threatening to expose their darkest secrets, they realize that they’ve been lured into a deadly game…and one of them might be pulling the strings.
With the body count rising and cameras tracking their every move, the creators must figure out who is trying to get them canceled--like, literally--before their #1 follower strikes again.
One of the "13 Books Perfect For a Spooky Season Read" -E! News
One of the “Best New YA Books of October 2023”--Paste Magazine
“Part dizzyingly fast-paced thriller, part wickedly incisive social commentary, there's never a dull moment in this well-characterized debut. Hole up, unplug, and keep the lights on.” –Booklist
“[With] lightning-quick pacing and savvy twists, and through four shifting perspectives, Worley notably considers social media fame’s impact on both the content creator and their following.” –Publishers Weekly
“Mysteries unravel and secrets spill in this Gen Z thriller.” –Kirkus Reviews
“An entertaining thriller about a group of Gen Z content creators who sign up to participate in a reality show that subsequently turns deadly…a lot of fun.” –Paste Magazine
"An intricately woven whodunit that kept me guessing till the very end. Twisty, sordid, thrilling–I loved it!" –Goldy Moldavsky, NYT bestselling author of The Mary Shelley Club
"A classic whodunnit for the TikTok era...Meticulously plotted and flawlessly executed.” –Dana Mele, author of People Like Us and Summer’s Edge
“A bold, thrilling, darkly delicious examination of influencer culture and its pitfalls, People to Follow is not to be missed, and Worley is an author to follow.” -Katie Zhao, author of How We Fall Apart
“Agatha Christie meets TikTok...a wicked, juicy page-turner.” –Alexa Donne, author of The Ivies and Pretty Dead Queens
“Voicey, vibrant, and utterly addictive, People To Follow is destined to be your next reading obsession. With the intensity of a locked-room thriller and the juicy drama of reality TV, this page-turner is as propulsive as it is timely. Olivia Worley is a huge talent, and this is an unforgettable debut.” –Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of All Eyes on Her and Last Girl Lied To