Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric LindstromNot If I See You First
by Eric Lindstrom
Published 2015 by Poppy
290 pages. eARC
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

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.

There was no way I was going to miss out on a book about a blind teen. No way. I was definitely hoping for something great, but I was also pleasantly surprised. The book blurb makes it sound like a romance, but it’s not one. There is a bit of a romance element, but it’s not driven by romance. There’s a much larger focus on friendship and relationships (of all kinds) in general. I loved that about it. All the friendships and relationships also felt very genuine, too. Everything about this novel felt honest and real, which wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I absolutely loved Parker. She’s one of the best unlikable protagonists I’ve read. It’s not exactly that’s she’s unlikable, but she’s certainly not an easy person to like. She’s the kind of person that would require work  to develop a good friendship. I find that awesome because good friendships do take work and they’re usually the worth it. Honestly, I saw a lot of myself in Parker. She’s snarky, private, and has a tendency to push people away. Those are flaws we certainly share. All the other characters are just as complex, which is so important in realistic fiction. Even with a 320 hardcover page count, this is a really quick read.

VERDICT: Great for readers or librarians looking for contemporary realistic fiction with some diverse aspects and a splash of romance.

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