As promised, I read and will now review Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First, the book I got in my Uppercase subscription box this month (read about that here: http://bookreviewsbyava.tumblr.com/post/135470520009/uppercase-subscription-box-unboxing ).
My first thought upon beginning Lindstrom’s YA debut was how obnoxious the main character, Parker Grant, is. She’s very insensitive, and doesn’t pay attention to those around her until it best suits her interest. She’s rude, bitter, and uses her blindness as an excuse for things she shouldn’t. These traits of course, while dislikable, do not make the book itself dislikable. Not If I See You First is a very character driven novel. It’s all about Parker, this insufferable, blind teenager who recently lost her father, and is struggling to cope with her past and present. It’s a heartwarming story, however, I never felt Not If I See You First ever got cheesy. It is the epitome of the Realistic Fiction genre, completely plausible in every way, but maintaining its individuality with an unique character and very complete and well done development arc. I really enjoyed Not If I See You First.
All though it might be too late to give this book as a Christmas gift, Not If I See You First is the perfect book to start the new year with. It’s fresh, unique, and empowering.