Hate Follow: A Novel (Paperback)

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Hate Follow: A Novel (Paperback)


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To her one million Instagram followers, influencer Whitney Golden’s life looks just about perfect. But her curated existence explodes when her teenage daughter Mia sues her for invasion of privacy. The monumental case throws their relationship into a tailspin and has mother and daughter grappling with what it truly means to be in the public eye.

Influencer Whitney Golden has it all: beautiful, photogenic children; a handsome new boyfriend; a gorgeous house; and designer clothes and beauty products that arrive on her doorstep every day. After spending years building her brand as a widowed mother of four (including twins!) to over a million followers, the thirty-seven-year-old is at the peak of her career.

But it all comes to a screeching halt when Mia, her teenaged daughter, announces she’s tired of the social media life. She wants nothing more to do with her mother’s online brand—and demands that not just she, but her siblings and their deceased father be removed from Whitney’s Instagram, blog, and just about everywhere else on the internet.

When Whitney doesn’t agree, Mia does the unthinkable: She sues her mother. What started as a family spat turns into a monumental case about child privacy, individual agency, and modern parenting that shatters Mia and Whitney’s relationship and wreaks havoc on both their lives. As the case ignites a media firestorm and unrelenting online bashing from a Greek chorus of internet snarkers, Whitney has to decide whether she’s willing to risk everything she’s built to win back her daughter.

Erin Quinn-Kong is a longtime magazine editor. Currently managing editor of Texas Highways, she has also been an editor at Austin Monthly, Us Weekly, and Allure. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and lives in Austin, TX, with her husband and their two children. Hate Follow is her debut novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063379732
ISBN-10: 0063379732
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 8th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English

“Erin Quinn-Kong’s incisive debut pulls back the curtain on influencer culture to reveal a heartbreaking story of a mother and daughter struggling to navigate social media fame and what they owe one another. HATE FOLLOW opens up a necessary conversation about the very real consequences of our actions online.” — Bianca Marais, author of The Witches of Moonshyne Manner

"Hate Follow is such an important and timely book. Without judgment, and with nuance and care, Erin Quinn-Kong highlights the pitfalls and repercussions of sharing so much of our lives, and our children's lives, online....You will fly through this book, and empathize with each of the fully drawn characters as they weigh the moral issue tearing their family apart." — Amy Neff, author of The Days I Loved You Most

"Erin Quinn-Kong does a superb job weaving a riveting plot with a complex modern-day parenting topic of which we’ve only begun to understand the implications. You won’t be able to put this book down—or stop talking about it once you’re done. I loved it! Quinn-Kong is a writer to watch!" — Lauren Parvizi, author of La Vie, According to Rose

"Hate Follow is a propulsive, thought-provoking novel that will spark a much needed conversation about children's privacy and the Internet.... The genius of this novel lies in how Quinn-Kong makes you sympathize with each of her protagonists, even though their goals are directly at odds..... Perfect for book clubs and reading groups!"  — Hadley Leggett, author of All They Ask Is Everything