Not If I See You First

Finished Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.”

Okay, guys, I am absolutely in love with this novel.  Apparently the author’s next book won’t be out until NEXT JANUARY, and I am frankly devastated by that.

As you know, I am a huge fan of snarky protagonists, and that is absolutely Parker. She became blind after an accident (the same accident killed her mom) and she was determined to not be a victim.  She wanted her life to be as normal as possible and she wanted to figure everything out on her own, damn it.  And if you break one of her rules, you are out of her life forever.

Except…what happens if someone deserves a second chance?

This book is absolutely laugh-out-loud funny but it will also absolutely break your heart while you’re not paying attention.  These are the best kinds of books.

Highly recommended.

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