Happy weekend lovelies! For today’s blogpost, I’m here to talk about Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom ❤ This is a YA contemporary novel that I recently discovered and I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you all. This review will be spoiler free so without further ado, let’s get started with the review!
Release date : 1 December 2015
Published by : Poppy Books
Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 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. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.
When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react—shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling 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 three months ago. 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. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.
My rating : ♥♥♥.5 / ♥♥♥♥♥
Buy it here :
Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/Not-If-I-See-You-First-Eric-Lindstrom/9780316259859?ref=grid-view
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Not-If-See-You-First/dp/0316259853/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484206436&sr=1-1
( Trigger warning for grief )
Going into this novel, I had really high expectations since I’ve been hearing such amazing things about it and even though I am a little disappointed with the way the story turned out to be, I still really enjoyed it 🙂
Not If I See You First is a YA contemporary novel but it focuses more on character growth and friendship rather than romance. There is a tad bit of romance which I enjoyed but I definitely wished there was a little more! Apart from that, I absolutely loved the characters and the friendships.
The main character, Parker, is blind but that doesn’t stop her from being super badass and just amazing. She may be blind but she doesn’t see nor want others to see that as a weakness and she’s just so sassy and strong. Throughout the book, we really get to see how she grows as a person and how she slowly learns to cope with the loss of a loved one. I felt that the author handled the topic of loss and grief very well and it really broke my heart at times.
I also really loved the friendships in the novel because it wasn’t perfect. There were happy, sad and angry moments in the friendships portrayed and that just made it very realistic. Sometimes YA novels may portray female friendships as just smooth sailing and smiles all the way but I’m glad that Not If I See You First was different!
Overall, I would still recommend this novel if you’re looking for a quick YA contemporary and though I was a little disappointed, I’m sure others will really enjoy this novel more. That wraps up my review and I hope you all enjoyed it 🙂 Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in my next post, bye!