Friday, May 16, 2014

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 369 pages
Source: Bought


Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?


This gave me such a Pretty Little Liars feel to it. It's not like any other Jennifer L. Armentrout books I ever read before and it felt refreshing to see her write out of her usual books.

Out of the bat, it starts out Sam not remembering anything. She doesn't know who she is or have any memories from her life. Samantha Jo Franco and Cassie Winchester were best friends for years. It wasn't a good friendship, but they always stuck together no matter what. Suddenly, one night everything changed. Sam and Cassie disappear and days later, only Samantha is found alive, bruised and battered along the side of the road.

Throughout the story, she gets bits and pieces from of the night that it all happened. She remembers rocks, blood, and Cassie. Sam's sure that there was someone else there with them that night on the cliff, but the third person remains a mystery until the end. And the notes that she keeps finding makes her feel a large gap is in her head.

I liked Sam. If it started before the accident and when she was a total bitch, my opinions would change about her. Before the accident, she was a queen bee aside Cassie. She was a total bitch, a bully, and everybody feared her. Now when she loses her memories, she a whole new person. She has a second chance to make everything better about herself, but some people aren't so forgiving or believes she's truly sorry. She wasn't annoying or needy which was good, instead she was just a confused teen who's life is turned upside down. 

In the beginning, I was kind of wary of Carson. Before, Sam treated him like trash but when they were little, they were childhood friends -best friends actually. I didn't understand what actually happened between them until the middle but to put it in a simpler way, they drifted apart. At first, he gives Sam the cold shoulder but when he realizes that the Sam is like his old Sam when they were a child is back, their friendship rekindles and goes beyond. Him and her brother Scott, try to help her in every way can.

I really enjoyed reading this, especially the ending. I had so much people on my suspects list, I didn't know who to point the fingers to. When the mysterious third person was revealed, I was shocked and I couldn't believe I didn't see it sooner.


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