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Not If I See you First by Eric Lindstrom


Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

3 stars

A unique concept but could have been better.

Goodreads: 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.

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I received this book via NetGalley I exchange for an honest review.

At first I was really intrigued by the idea of having a protagonist who was blind. It isn’t something you get a lot in fiction let alone Young Adult fiction. This was hard to get used to as the point of view was very to what we are used to. However it was a refreshing look on life.

The blindness of our main character brought forward a lot of questions about life and how we see things, and we start to sympathise with Parker. Because Parker cannot see people’s reactions she tends to be very honest and open about how she feels and what she thinks about people. Although this was a nice quality to have in a character it started to get a bit annoying towards the end of the novel and I started to really dislike her as a character.

I also feel that like a lot of Young Adult novels the main plot in this story was over shadowed by the love triangle/love interest. For me I felt like this novel had such high potential but the focus on the romantic relationships made it into a three star book instead of a four star book.

Another thing that I found weird was how Parker has all of these rules and yet towards the end of the book she starts to contradict herself. She trusts and likes somebody who was mean to her a day before. I understand the moral of this book is about forgiveness at the end but when somebody was outright mean to her on purpose she dismissed it straight away. For me I found this aspect to be very unrealistic because there was very little tension between Parker and this character after the argument.

Overall I really did like the concept of this book but it was let down by the ending and the focus on the romance. But I would still recommend reading this novel just to see the difference it makes when the main character has a visual impairment.

Have you read Not If I See You First? If so what did you think of it?


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