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Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom

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.

I was sent this arc copy in exchange for an honest review, I got this arc through NetGalley so thank you NetGalley. It’s just bad it took me this long to actually start on my review for the story.

I have never read a book about blind people so for me this was a really different story to read especially as we were seeing this story unfold from the main character’s point of view who was blind. Eric Lindstrom did brilliantly on representing this kind of disability and how it can affect someone especially someone who wasn’t always permanently blind, so we also see her adjusting to life without her dad there to help her deal with being blind. The story begins 3 months after her father dies and we see how Parker is dealing with it.

At first, you believe it’s going to be a good romance story I would label this story as one where it just builds on friendships and repairs the ones that have been broken. So it was a nice story and it was nice to read one that was based just on friendships rather than relationships.

We are introduced to quite a few characters throughout the book but let’s start with the main character Parker, I really liked her character and how sarcastic she is I also understood where she was coming from when she didn’t want people to help her so much and try to be independent. So I could sympathise with the character a lot and she slowly began to open up to her friends especially over her father’s death and how she feels about that.

Scott, he was a big part of this book at first we know that Parker doesn’t want anything to do with him and then eventually we figure out why I think the reason for that was just kind of stupid but as she was blind I could totally understand why but it still felt kind of stupid. Scott became such a nice guy that he was doing things without her even knowing and he didn’t think he deserved to be forgiven. At first, I didn’t like Scott but then he slowly began to grow on me.

Jason he was really nice at first and then he became a dick so that’s all I have to say on him because I was like this could be an awesome relationship and then it wasn’t.

There were quite a few other characters in the book but I don’t really have many thoughts on them, a few of them just felt like they were there to help Parker deal with the blindness rather be an actual character.

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