Wednesday, 27 January 2016

ARC Review: Not If I See You First

Title: Not If I See You First
Series: N/A, Stand alone 
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher:  HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date: April 28th 2016 
Pages: 400 pages

I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review, with thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley. 

Parker doesn't need her eyesight to see right through you. 

There are rules.

She might be blind, but she isn't stupid, and never underestimate her abilities to understand what is going on around her. Don't surprise her. Don't dumb things down for. Don't talk to her as if she's deaf, her hearing works perfectly. Because if you take advantage of her, there will never be another opportunity to win her back. 

No second chances. 

Just ask the boy that broke her heart. 

When said boy appears back in her life, she wants nothing do with him, after all, the rules are there for a reason. So much has changed since they last saw each other, her dad died, she's trying out for track, but he becomes unavoidable, and maybe Parker learns that not all things are as they seem. 

Some rules are made to be broken. 

At first, I didn't know what to think. I had never read a book before where the main character is blind. There was a few short stories here and there, but never a 400 page novel. It took me a few chapters, but suddenly I was immersed within this book and I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. 

It turns out, you don't need the main character to be able to see, you just need a good author to get over that hurdle, and Eric Lindstrom did not disappoint. He presented Parker's blindness as something that wasn't a disablement to her life. She was able to keep living as a normal teenager, breaking all the social norms. She was a runner, she wore colourful scarves, she was everything that the people around her didn't expect. 

I loved the whole idea of the rules that she had about the people around her, and how they slowly began to break down around her. She was a really likeable character who didn't whine, and she definitely didn't rely on a man to carry her through. 

I won't lie though, I didn't really want her and Scott to rekindle their bond, I was a massive fan of Jason, who didn't treat her any differently for being blind, and I kind of wanted them to be a thing in this book. 

Overall, this is a truly brilliant book that will change your perspectives on things. 

My final rating is: 4.5 stars

QOTD: What books have you read that have changed your perspective on things? 


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1 comment:

  1. My first encounter with the main character being blind was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (which I highly recommend by the way). I'm going to add this book to my to-read list right away!