Friday, 2 May 2014

{Review} Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published on 15 April 2014
Genre: YA Mystery
Page Count: 384

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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Don't Look Back is a girl's journey to getting back her memories and to solve the mystery of her friend Cassie's and her own disappearance. Samantha was the only one who came back from her disappearance, disoriented and with no memory of anything whatsoever. How bad was that? Not to forget that she may be one of the suspects involved in her friend's disappearance. I love how supportive her parents and especially her twin brother, Scott, was to the amnesic Sam. They weren't very close before but we definitely get to see how supportive he was to his sister. Sure, she may be a mean girl but she has no recollection of how she was in the past. She definitely dislike her old self which I totally have to agree with her.

Bits and pieces of her past slowly came back to her but nothing prepared her for the little notes she received in her room and in school. That was pure freaking! The mystery was awesome! It was as if I'm working alongside Sam as she slowly unravel the truth and get back pieces of her forgotten memories. I think she's a brave girl, who wanted to get her memories back soonest possible, work through her failing relationship with her boyfriend and the new, or rather not-so-new, interest--Carson, her childhood friend. What was surprising was that Carson was on friendly terms with Sam after her disappearance despite her prior meanness. I like how natural Sam, Carson and Scott was! Can't get enough of them!

Then the shocking revelations... Shocking... Everything made sense then. All the disappearances, notes, stalker... A tad dramatic and the ending felt somewhat rushed. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the mystery and romantic aspects. Will definitely be looking forward to future works by the author in the same genre. 

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