Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Okay, so I’ve mentioned before how I’ll just purchase anything that’s $3.00 or less (based off of those Goodreads Deals e-mails that I get) on the Kindle as long as the synopsis sounds fairly interesting. The problem with the inexpensive books is they tend to not be that great story-wise. The only real exception to this is when some authors will discount prior books in a series when they release the newest book in the series (*cough* *cough* Darynda Jones). But when I buy these cheap-y little books I’m not expecting much. I figure I’ll probably end up skimming through most of it if the story line is terrible. Not only does this put me in violation of the #1 rule in reading and in life (DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER [OR, in this case, PRICE]) but it opens me up to enjoyment when I actually find a diamond in all the rough.

This folks, is one of those diamonds. Bought for only $2.99 (though the price is now back up to $7.99 at the time of my writing) was this cute little story about Parker Grant who lost her sight in the accident that took the life of her mother. The books opens with a little bit of Parker’s routine before we are smacked in the face with the fact that she’s adjusting to a new life after the death of her father as well (talk about an immediate attention grabber!). On top of this, she’s dealing with the fact that Scott, her ex-boyfriend/childhood friend/most-trusted-person-until-the-incident, betrayed one of her cardinal rules.  But we find in Parker a strong, beautifully imperfect girl with a wicked sense of humor who isn’t afraid of life, just because she can’t see it.

It’s always interesting to me when male authors take on female main character’s. Usually I’m left not feeling too impressed, but Lindstrom does a fairly decent job here. As far as his ability to put you in the shoes of a blind girl, he definitely delivers. Are his descriptions super accurate? I have no idea because I know that I cannot even imagine what it’s like to think/act like a blind girl.

Fair warning, there are a few times in the book when the events seem a little too dramatic, but keep in mind the age of the character’s and the author’s intended audience – high-schoolers. This was a quick fun read that I really enjoyed and I’ll definitely want to keep my eye on Eric Lindstrom.

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