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Book Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Title & Author: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: December 1, 2014

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Poppy – Little, Brown

How I Got the Book: ARC from the publisher


“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.”

Witty & Biting

You often hear book reviews mention whether or not a character is likeable or not. Sometimes this matters to me, other times it doesn’t.

Not If I See You First is one of those books with a brash, brutally honest character that I maybe wouldn’t like in real life but came to love in this story.

Parker is our tough heroine, and I understood right away why that was. She’s blind and has been burned in the past. That’s why she has the Rules – her deal-breaker list of things you cannot do if you want to be her friend.

Along with her cutting sense of honesty, Parker’s funny and has a very different perspective on life not only because she’s blind but because of her sad past. She has a very distinct voice, and I came to appreciate how unique of a viewpoint she has.

Instead of seeing facial expressions, Parker reads voice inflections. And instead of recognizing an area, she knows how many steps until a she needs to make a right turn.

There are many opportunities for heartbreak in this book. During the beginning and middle of the book, my tears were flowing and I was deeply tapped into Parker’s thoughts and feelings.

Then in the second half of the book, the story became back-and-forth-ish. This is something I’m more likely to be annoyed by than most readers.

I just hate it when characters can’t decide how they feel about each other. I realize this is a very realistic thing, but it reminds me of the classic sit-com situation of “will they? or won’t they?” It’s a personal preference thing, for sure.

Not If I See You First is FULL of emotion. There is the warmth of new friendships, the confusion of the past coming back to greet you and the raw sadness of losing loved ones.

My heart!!

While I could have used a little more resolution (there is some but it is brief), I thought this book brought so much realness to the page…complete with colorful language at times.


This is a strong contemporary story that touched me emotionally. Despite some exhausting pendulum-like decision making, Not If I See You First is a carefully written exploration of seeing beyond what’s in front of you and re-examining things you have always known; it’s overall excellent.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.