Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Review by Lauren
Source: Copy from BEA; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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.
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.
Review: Not If I See You First came out at the beginning of this month and it’s definitely one you need to go and find a copy of ASAP. This is Lindstrom’s debut novel, so it’s only a wonder what he will write about next. First off, I think he did a fantastic job with the teenage girl’s voice. It’s not easy to write outside your gender and come across as authentic. Second, I love that Parker is blind and that it affects almost all aspects of her life. At the same time, she is so much more than just the “blind girl.”
Having trusted Scott Kilpatrick as a young girl, Parker is left devastated when she feels like he has betrayed her, so she kicks him out of her life. She moves on as best as she can and Scott soon disappears from her life…until suddenly he’s next to her in one of her high school classes. She has her best friend, Sarah, though and even new student Molly who is essentially her high school buddy. This means that she makes sure Parker can get around the school and they have all the same classes, so if Parker needs something, Molly is there.
What I really loved about Not If I See You First is that it’s not all about Parker. Sarah and Molly, and some of the other secondary characters, all have their ups and downs and life happenings. Parker can be a bit selfish sometimes…it makes sense though, because she can’t see what’s in front of her, she doesn’t always pick up on things. However, she does eventually do what she can to make things right, but does this include Scott? Their story is weaved throughout the book until you know exactly what happened…and why.
Not If I See You First is a delightful debut novel! Full of heart and with a spunky narrator, you’re sure to enjoy!