Not If I See You First

Not If I See You First

Book - 2015
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"Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father's recent death." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316259859
0316259853
Branch Call Number: y LINDSTROM 2015
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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joywolf83
Aug 26, 2016

Powerfully moving.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

An inspiring character who finds herself after the death of both her parents. Incorporated elements of family and complex high school relationships.

Kaya_D Jul 16, 2016

To be honest, I actually didn't enjoy this book. Nothing was wrong with the plot, but Parker to me was an extremely annoying and unlikeable character. Unfortunately the story is mostly centred on her and most of the other characters were kind of flat and boring. At times I did like her but overall this book is just meh, which is too bad because I was expecting more.

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kruppton
Jun 25, 2016

THIS BOOK WAS SO INCREDIBLE

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marsaccess
May 20, 2016

Parker is a wonderful, fully-realized character. I really appreciated reading how she navigates through the world, both in a physical way and in her interactions with other people.

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livieb17
Feb 24, 2016

I'm not sure what made me pick this book up. It was probably just the fact that I had never read about a blind person and it interested me. Normally, reading about romances like the one it talks about in the description would turn me away. One of the things I hate most in books is love triangles, but for some reason I decided to give this one a go.
Nevertheless, I am so glad that I did read this. I went into it pretty blindly, as I hadn't read many reviews on it or anything. I read this really quickly (two days) and that is mainly because I instantly fell in love with the story. The main character Parker has a really strong attitude. She is bossy, and doesn't let her blindness stop her from anything, including running track. I know that some would find her annoying, but I actually really liked her personality. And at times her 'unstopableness' was infectious and inspiring. But the main reason that I liked Parker was because she was so unlike every other character that I have read about. So many YA characters are so happy-yellow sun-rainbows & sparkles-nothing is wrong. But Parker has faced hard times. Her mother died when she was very young, she became blind when she was young, and now her Dad has just passed away and she is learning how to live and deal with her relatives who don't seem to understand her. So Parkers life is far from easy, and that shows in her behaviour. Her emotions reflect her past and the things that she has been through.
So when I read that there was a boy from past and a boy in present, and immediately suspected that something would happen between the two and that something of a love triangle would rise. But like Parker does, I was expecting to hate boy from past and fall in love with boy in present. And I was half right. I did fall in love with boy in present, but I also fell in love with boy from past. And I have found one book. Only one that has a love triangle that didn't frustrate me until I wanted to pull every last hair from my head.
All of the characters had so much depth, and backstory to them, that you could tell that the author had put a lot of time into this masterpiece. I find it very remarkable and incredible and awesome and fabulous that this is written by Eric Windstorm. Not only is he a guy who has written a completely realistic female character but this is also his debut novel. Pure talent that you don't often see in debut novels. I really can't wait for more from this guy.

LPL_CentennialC Dec 28, 2015

“Parker Grant’s Rule #1: Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.” Parker’s ex-boyfriend betrayed that rule, and after years of separation, they’re going to the same high school again. On top of that, her dad has just passed away, relatives have moved into her house, and things just keep getting more complicated. Eric Lindstrom’s debut novel is an easy-going & engaging read for teens.

Things I love about this book: The main character, Parker, is complex not just because of her blindness, but through her intense emotions and growth throughout the book (+ extra points for sarcasm & wit). The friendships and high school drama are more realistic than most YA novels I’ve found. Parker’s relationship with her dad is genuinely touching.

The only thing I didn’t love: Some of the supporting characters aren’t fleshed out enough, I wanted more of them. Other than that, if you’re looking for a book with a complex lead, strong friendships, and emotional depth--this is the book for you.

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sayle
Dec 06, 2015

I feel as if I’ve spent the last few hours with a powerfully addictive drug. After checking out this book, I sat down in the library with the intention of reading just the first couple of pages. But somehow, almost two hours flew by. I stopped reading only when the library closing announcement came on. Went home to keep reading, taking breaks only to make dinner and to compulsively check the book jacket to convince myself that 1) yes, this actually is the author’s very first published novel, and 2), yes, it is a male author who wrote such convincing female characters.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

“Parker Grant’s Rule #1: Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

“She said she wasn’t worried about labels. I said that was both wise and foolish. She agreed."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

“Did he realize I didn’t recognize his voice? Or did he just know I wouldn’t talk to him, smooth as glass?"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

“Seeing is not believing.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

“You don’t get to say these things to me anymore.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 26, 2016

After the sudden death of her father, strong and sarcastic Parker is forced to deal with relatives who don't understand her and a quickly forming love triangle. On her journey of self-discovery, Parker learns to move on with her life and lead a fulfilling one.

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kruppton
Jun 25, 2016

Quirky and sarcastic Parker is at a high point in the lifespan. She's over the unthinkable hurt that she experienced at the hands of her first love and is starting to find closure after her dad's death. Oh, and she's blind. Now, Scott Kilpatrick is making his way through her feelings again, and stuff's about to go down. After all, it's those who never make you question their loyalty that ultimately deserve yours.

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bigcoweye
Aug 13, 2016

bigcoweye thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20

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