Title: Not If I See You First
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Pages: 320 pages
Published: December 1st, 2015
Source: Hardcover from Barnes & Noble
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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 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 he starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
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BEST BOOK OF 2015! BEATING THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS MY BEST BOOK OF 2015!
I'll just state it here, loud and clear, my ultimate book pet peeve are books with character disabilities. I have nothing against the disability itself, but when some authors try to write about something they don't understand it really irks me. So I was kind of reluctant about picking up this book, but did anyways because of the advanced praise from authors and journals that I really trusted. My first thought after finishing this book was: Is the author blind? No, he is not.
The main character and her growth were both so engrossing to read and see unfold. She's unique in the fact that she's blind but there are so many other traits to her personality that she's definitely one that anyone would fall in love with her. The first thing you would want to feel for her is pity. But once you're 50 pages in, your pity is gone and all that's left is the feeling of wanting to be her best friend. She's so sarcastic that some parts make you giggle and she understands a person like no other because of the fact that she's blind. She doesn't depend on appearances to know or feeling something but rather how they talk and the way they move. She is amazing and incredible!
Eric Lindstrom understands people with disabilities. They don't want pity (most don't). They just wanted to be treated like normal people, not people with big anomalies so you could stare at them. I think a blind character is one of the hardest to write because sight is so vital to a character's actions and what he/she does in order to propel the story. The story was still as entertaining and goosebumps-inducing as any other book on the market and that's what made me extremely happy.
Yes, this book is contemporary. Yes, this book is about a blind girl who wants to be treated like a normal girl. But no, it was not like your average YA contemporary. It was unique in every way and impossible to but down (but I managed to in order to write this review). When you're at the end, you feel like you haven't had enough and when you're halfway through, you cry because you notice how many pages you have left.
Mind-blowing. Beautiful. Superbly written. This book is everything we YA readers look for- twists and turns, romance, character growth. Lindstrom has encouraged me to try and read new YA books with disabled characters. It's a groundbreaking novel! I JUST CAN'T. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY THAT WILL CONVINCE YOU TO READ THIS BOOK?