Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom


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.

This book surprised me. I ended up liking it so much--way more than I thought I would. It's smart and insightful and funny and sad and honest. I could go on with more adjectives, but I'll stop now. I loved all of the characters, especially Parker. Though, sometimes she was so blunt that I cringed. It was a little shock to the system. But she was always believable as a character.

I do think the last third of the book slowed considerably. There was too much back and forth with the love interest and I was like JUST DATE ALREADY. I understand that you want to create will-they-won't-they tension and that they both had a lot of baggage they needed to work through, but it was still too much. Overly dramatic and whiplash-tastic.

Overall, this was a really fantastic, diverse YA contemporary novel, and I plan on reading more Eric Lindstrom.

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