The sensational debut YA of 2016 that everyone will be talking about. Parker Grant doesn't need perfect 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. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing 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. 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. Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.
~I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Is it too early to say this is one of my favourite books of 2016? No? Good.
I have been hearing about this book non-stop for the past few weeks and I've heard nothing but amazing things so my expectations where high when I started this book and I was not disappointed at all.
In this story we meet Parker and Parker is blind. She has had to deal with so much in her 16 years, with her mother being the reason why she is blind and her father dying only 3 months before the story begins.
She has set a bunch of rules and lives by those rules. One of those rules was broken by her ex-boyfriend/best friend, Scott and she has never really forgiven him for it and considers him an enemy.
This book is mainly showing Parker's life. How she just wants to be a normal girl and hates when people try to baby her just because she's blind. It shows her relationship with her auntie, who has came to live with her with her family. It also shows her relationship with old friends and new friends and of course, her relationship with Scott.
I loved Parker. At times I felt sorry for her (which I'm guessing she would hate) having to deal with being blind and parentless. But she was such a strong character! She was great at giving advice and very blunt about it, she said what was on her mind and that is one of the main things I adored about her. I thought Eric did a brilliant job of writing this book, at writing a not always likeable female protagonist.
This is a fantastic YA books that will make you laugh, sigh and probably shed a few tears here and there. It is a story about a girl who doesn't let her blindness define her and I really loved every second of this book.