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Not If I See You First | Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, January 2016, Harper Collins, RRP$19.99 AUS

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.

I received a finished copy of Not If I See You First for review from the publisher, Harper Collins.

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

Setting. It’s a pretty typical high school setting for a book about high school students. Though it is a contemporary novel set in our world there is some amazing world building to ‘see’ this setting through the eyes of a blind character. You would think having a blind protagonist that you might lose a lot description, but this definitely isn’t the case.

Characters. Parker is so complex and her character has been through a lot and I really liked exploring loss and faith through her. She also had a host of amazingly supportive friends who are all wonderfully developed considering some of the small roles they play in the book. I really liked the conflict in the book which is mostly between Parker and other characters (as well as between Parker and herself).

Plot. The plot of this book is fairly simple as the book is more character driven and explores the loss and the issue of disability through the development of the characters. I found it really insightful and I’d love to see more books opening a discourse with disability like this one.

Writing. Again, the writing was quite simple but it was so interesting to experience the story with just four senses—although you can still imagine seeing the events even if Parker can’t.

4/5 stars

Recommended to: Fans of empowering female characters (as in, everyone)

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