“There are NO second chances. Violate my trust and I’ll never trust you again. Betrayal is unforgivable.”
What I expected:
This is a children’s book. So I expected it to be clean and correct. But maybe with some surprises still!
What it was:
A high school story in which the main character, Parker, is completely blind, plus her Dad died a few months ago, so she is dealing with the grief from that. Now she has to deal with her ex-boyfriend coming back on the scene after they split up when he betrayed her. She loves to run and this keeps her going, so trying out for the track team finally seems like a good idea.
Parker doesn’t hold back, she believes in being honest. She has rules! And she is very forthright and blunt in her way of speaking. Quite a philosopher even.
The story is well written and enjoyable. The emotional content of the characters is finely crafted and believable. The characters behave much as you would expect most high school students to.
I would recommend this book to young teens who want to read about Parker and how she copes with being blind, along with all life throws at her.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
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Not If I See You First
About the Author
Debut novelist Eric Lindstrom is a veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. His writing has been nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Videogame Screenplay in Tomb Raider: Legend, and a WGA award for Best Writing in a Videogame for Tomb Raider: Underworld. Not If I See You First is his first novel.
The sensational debut YA of 2016 that everyone will be talking about. Parker Grant doesn’t need perfect vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there’s only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.