25 February 2016

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

When #Rainbowthon rolled around a couple of weeks ago (even though I hadn't heard of it before) I planned to take part and challenged myself to read 6 books in around a week. The first on my list was my yellow book, Not If I See You First, a book I had seen mentioned on the internet a couple of times and took the plunge putting it right at the top of my TBR. 

"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."

I had the uncorrected proof (and I always worry in case something is drastically altered for the actual published version) and even though it was the longest on my TBR it took me just over the first day of rainbowthon to read it. A combination of not wanting to put it down versus actually having to do stuff that took away from my reading time (as you might have seen in my video). I would have gotten through it a lot quicker, had it not been for that meddling to-do list and work. 

This book was pretty wonderful. To me, it felt kind of a he-said, she-said book, which actually reminded me more of my own time at secondary school and the amount of drama and stirrers there are, not to mention how information gets passed around and morphed in a school environment. At one point, I was nearing the end and was all - this feels okay, like am I in the conclusion? Things are starting to feel okay? - but then one person would come along and just ruin it with their words - well such-and-such said this or this person is meddling. Classic school, the drama never ends -right?

The point of view is from Parker and, what with her being blind, she can't read facial expressions or body language unless it's in close proximity (like touching) but you never seem to miss out any of the story. There is a lot more attention on the tone of voices and sounds surrounding her making it a thoroughly enjoyable read (and also removed a lot of those cliches like gazing in to someone's deep blue eyes and looking a their perfectly chiselled face). Parker is a ballsy character, I loved her sense of humour and the way she told the story. She is such an amazingly likeable character even with a story of heartbreak. Sure, it got a little serious (I mean, it can't be all light hearted blind puns, can it?) but that just sucked me in more. I also want to say that I couldn't actually see the end coming (no pun intended) it kept me on my toes, and I powered through the pages to see how it all resolved and was not disappointed.

All in all, I am wholly satisfied with the turn of events (but I mean, Lindstrom, if you want to do a graphic novel or follow on story then you definitely have one reader right here) and the writing was wonderful for the most parts (I still sometimes think a 15 year old wouldn't be that wise, but there you go). I really did enjoy this book, and I urge everyone to read it.

Have you read this? Let me know your thoughts.

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