Review ~ Not If I See You First

Posted January 30, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in My TBR List, Reviews / 50 Comments

Review ~ Not If I See You FirstNot If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Published by Poppy on December 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Won
4 Stars

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.


Parker is blind. She just doesn’t want to be treated like she is. She just wants to be treated like anyone else. Which is why she has a set of rules. And if you break those rules there are no second chances. Which was the case with Scott, her best friend. After being gone for years, he is back. Will she find out that some rules are mean tot be broken?

Parker wasย a character I loved. I would have been friends with her in a heartbeat.ย She was snarky, blunt and kind of difficult. Yup, those can be my people. I think she was loyal to her friends though and that’s a big thing. Plus she has reasons for how she is. She has dealt with a LOT. From losing her mom, going blind, losing her dad, living with her aunt and uncle I feel that is enough to make most people become a little harder. I will say there was such great character growth with her, though. And not unrealistically so. She was still the same person just maybe more aware of herself and other people.

Her friends were pretty amazing. They were such a mish-mash of personalities too. I think because of that they added so much to the story itself. There was Sarah, who is her everyday best friend. They talk every night, play therapists before school starts for the student body and lunch every day. Faith is her childhood best friend who has kind of moved on but they are still friends. Does that make sense? Because it totally did to me. Where you are still loyal as hell to someone but maybe you aren’t into the same things anymore. Molly was the new friend who was assigned to help Parker around that year. She was quiet but really honest. These three were perfect compliments to Parker.

Scott her ex-boyfriend, who due to the town’s schools combining, was back in her life. Things ended, shall we say, poorly between them. She is trying to avoid him. He is trying to give her space. Then all the sh*t hits the fan and they are forced to confront each other. I think her grudge or whatever you want to call it was a bit silly and overdone on her part but it is what it is. I have to say Scott was pretty amazing.

This was a super quick read for me and finished it in a day. I literally couldn’t put it down (I was cooking, loading the dishwasher, holding the kids all while reading ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I liked where the story went and how it wrapped up. The blind aspect was really interesting and thought it added nicely to the whole book and made it interesting. I will definitely look for more from Eric Linstrom in the future.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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50 responses to “Review ~ Not If I See You First

  1. Now I need this one. You sold me on Parker’s friends and how realistic it all seems. I think the grudge Parker holds over Scott could be because she doesn’t trust people easy and when he left, that broke her so she’s skeptical on letting him in again? I don’t know, that’s what I got of the review ๐Ÿ™‚ Seems really interesting! I want to read this one for sure. Amazing review!
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  2. I really enjoyed this one too! I like that Eric did a female POV really well too – you don’t always get that. I loved Parker; she can be difficult, yes, but she was still a good friend (for the most part) and she grew a lot.

    I totally know what you mean about childhood friends. I have some of those. We see each other when we can and we keep up with each other on facebook and stuff, but it’s not an everyday/all the time sort of friendship.
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  3. I seen this one around and I really think it’s one I’ll like. Glad you enjoyed it, and this review gives me something to look forward to!

  4. I am so glad that you loved this one! I do agree that the reason for her grudge was a bit immature and could have been resolved with some actual communication. but they are kids so I cut them a bit of slack with it. The author did such a great job with a blind character. I thought it was interesting that we didn’t even know what most of the characters looked like (unless they specifically mentioned something about it) because the MC didn’t ever think about it.
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  5. SO I definitely agree with you on the grudge, because I also thought that was a little silly, and I just don’t understand why it took her so long to get over it? I know I’m not her, but I just felt she was a little too harsh on everyone. But I also loved all the characters as well, and it was interesting to read about Parker.

    Awesome review Grace!
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  6. Lola

    Parker sounds like a great character and with havign to deal with all those things I can definitely udnerstand why she’s a bit more harder. And I love character growth and how they are still the same person, but different too. It’s great that all the side characetrs had their own personalities too. I am glad you enjoyed this one and the blindness seems to be handled well. Great review!
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  7. I’ve seen this book around but didn’t realize it was about a blind girl for some reason (apparently I hadn’t gotten to the point of reading the blurb). Now I’m very intrigued – I’ll definitely have to check this book out, even if I’m afraid I might be aggravated with Parker’s reasoning for giving up on Scott in the first place (I’m definitely not a no second chances type of person).
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