Monday, 4 April 2016

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.
Not If I See You First
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Rules:

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.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not If I See You FirstRule #8: Don’t treat me like I’m stupid or a child. Blind doesn’t mean brain damaged.

This was a YA story about a blind girl, with a dash of romance.

Parker was quite a prickly person really, and her rules were pretty unforgiving – no second chances with this girl (because obviously she never makes mistakes). I actually felt quite sorry for her friends and family who did their best to make things a bit easier for her and got it thrown back in their faces! See Rule #4: Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

The storyline in this was about Parker and her day-to-day life, as well as a bit of romance, partly in the form of a cute guy called Jason, and her ex-boyfriend Scott, who was in trouble for breaking rule #1 Don’t deceive me. Ever. And thus fell under rule #INFINITY: There are no second chances. Pretty harsh when all the guy did was tell someone where they’d be making out at lunchtime.
Anyway, the pace dragged in this quite a bit, Parker was a bit snarky, and I did think her rules were a bit harsh. I also felt like the romance was a bit wishy-washy – did she like Jason, or did she like Scott? Would she ever make up her mind?

The ending to this was then okay, but was left slightly open to interpretation.

6 out of 10

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