Title: Not If I See You First Author: Eric Lindstrom Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance First published: December 1st 2015 Finished reading: April 1st 2016 Pages: 310
“People are full of things you don’t know but that doesn’t mean they’re secrets; you just don’t know everything yet.” He lets go. “And that’s good, otherwise, you’d have no reason to talk anymore.”
As soon as I saw the cover and found out what this book was about, I knew I had to get a copy. As far as I know, there aren’t many books with a blind main character out there (the only one that comes to my mind right now is All The Light We Cannot See) and this story by Eric Lindstrom sounded more than promising. As soon I started reading Not If I See You First I was hooked. The prose is really engaging, the pace is fast and I like the way how the main character’s blindness isn’t displayed as a disability and more as a challenge. There is no doubt that Parker is a strong character, even though I don’t actually like all aspects of her character. It’s easy to say Not If I See You First was well on its way to receiving one of my highest ratings, up until the point one of my biggest fears of reading YA came true… And a love triangle was introduced. I know just about every YA story seems to have one lately and I tend tolerate them if they are not too annoying. In this case though, it’s easy to say the love triangle was quite frustrating and spoiled Not If I See You First for me. I personally think the story would have worked just as good or even better without a second love interest… But that’s just my humble opinion. The rest of the book is entertaining though, so I would still recommend it if you like the genre.
Parker Grant didn’t only lose her mother in an accident many years ago, she also lost her sight. She has been learning to live with her blindness ever since, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be seen as weak. She created rules for the people around her: don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind and definitely never take advantage of her or her blindness. She doesn’t believe in second chances either, and her former best friend Scott found out the hard way… And Parker and Scott lost touch after an unfortunate middle grade incident. When Scott suddenly reappears in her life many years later, Parker doesn’t want to do anything to do with him. But it looks like things are not always as they seem, and sometimes rules are meant to be broken… And it seems like Parker will find out the hard way things are never that simple and obvious.
There is no doubt that Not If I See You First is a fast-paced, entertaining and well written debut. The main character Parker can be annoying at times, but she does feel real and I liked the message behind her character that blindness by no means stops someone from chasing their dreams and doesn’t mean they are weak either. I would definitely have given this novel by Eric Lindstrom an even higher rating if it weren’t for the annoying love triangle… But the story is without doubt still worth reading anyway.
Both current reads I’ve only started recently, so I can’t say too much about them yet other than that they will both help complete challenges. The first is All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, a very interesting sounding mix of science fiction with romance I’m really looking forward to continue even though I’m not impressed by what I’ve read so far. The second book I’ve started is set during the Civil War: Fallen Land by Taylor Brown. I’m not too far into the story, but so far it looks promising as well.
WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
A recent knee injury basically left me sitting on my butt all day, so I managed to finish a lot of books since last week.
* The first book I finished was Random by Tom Leveen, which turned out to be a really quick and interesting read about the consequences of (cyber)bullying. Definitely recommended!
* I then picked up Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, a book I was really looking forward to but turned out to be a bit disappointing. It was too religious to my taste, read a bit slow and it took a long time for the two different storylines to connect and make sense.
* I then read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom which was entertaining enough, although the love triangle slightly spoiled the story for me. It’s one of the first books with a blind main character I’ve read though (All The Light We Cannot See being the first as far as I can remember.)
* I was in the mood for non fiction so I read Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon afterwards, which turned out to be brilliant. Highly entertaining and relatable and definitely something I would recommend to anyone trying to be creative.
* I then realized that even though I quite a few of Katie Alender‘s books on my TBR, I never actually read any of them, so I picked up Famous Last Words. I really enjoyed this horror/ghost story and would have given it an even higher rating if it weren’t for the annoying love triangle.
* The last book I managed to finish is Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch, which turned out to be a disappointment. I enjoyed the first book and the love triangle didn’t bother me that much back then, but the sequel is different. Both the main character Meira and the love triangle really started to bother me, the pace slowed down quite a bit and the plot was all over the place… I don’t like her new mission and the many ‘plot twists’ didn’t really make sense other than being able to confuse you more. More about my complains in the full review…
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
I want to pick up A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab (and the sequel A Gathering Of Shadows), but after I finished Ice Like Fire I needed a little time off before I start another fantasy read. Random question: does ADSOM have a love triangle? Because I really don’t think I can take another love triangle right now…
Other books I have been wanting to read that aren’t fantasy and I will probably pick up first are The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah… My new TBR jar pick is still The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall.
FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythmand showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀