Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Linkstrom
Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.
Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.
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.
*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*
This book was downright adorable and a fantastic read for a debut author. I am extremely impressed with Eric’s ability to capture the turmoil of the teenage mind while flawlessly navigating the treacherous waters of high school. Parker Grant is the star of her own world, even if it is falling down around her. She is fearless, broken, flawless, and torn; she is everything I desire in a young adult character. Scott, is swoony, self-less, and sweet. Every boy in high school should desire to be like Scott. He is the ideal male teen.
The plot flows endlessly and honestly when the book ended, I desperately wanted more…maybe another Chapter or 2, what about an Epilogue? Give me something. The first thing that crossed my mind as I closed the book was this was such a cute read and the last chapter left me smiling…I am just greedy and wanted a few more pages. While this story not only touches on the complexity of the teenage mind, we also navigate thorough how we cope with grief and what we do to mask our pain. In the end, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what Eric Lindstrom has up his sleeves next!
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