- Series: Don't Look Back
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423194667
- ISBN-13: 978-1423194668
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 248 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
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Samantha can’t remember a single thing about her past. She can’t remember anything at all. She wakes up to people who are her parents, but has no clue who they are. Her best friend Cassie is missing and could possibly be dead somewhere. Samantha was the last person to see Cassie that night before she disappeared but Sam can’t remember anything.
As time ticks on, memories start to pop up but nothing concrete; just flashes. Is getting her memory back really important? Does she want to go back to being the rude and popular girl? What are the people hiding that they don’t want Sam to know?
This book was fantastic from beginning to end. The suspense and mystery was fantastic! You think you know who did what when it turns out you may be wrong. I thought I knew who, but I was wrong. I was COMPLETELY shocked. This book was fantastic. A lot of people that have read this already knew who it was but I didn’t. I had my mind set on a different character and I really did think it was that character, but I was totally not expecting that character!!!
I’m getting tired of love triangles, but JLA did this one perfectly! Sam had a boyfriend previous to loosing her memory. But since her memories are gone, she doesn’t remember anything, including her boyfriend. She sees Carson (who used to be her best friend) and thinks that’s her boyfriend. PERFECT triangle; done perfectly!
Carson was amazing, I love that boy now. Every male character she writes, ends up on my top book boyfriends list! Sam and Carson’s relationship was just so cute. So perfect. Jennifer L. Armentrout is perfect at writing romances- that’s definitely her strong part. Every romance I’ve read have been absolutely amazing! She never fails with the romance! To top off the amazing romance, the suspense and mystery of the book was just -awe- perfection.
Let’s put it this way- if your a fan of Pretty Little Liars/The Lying Game/Mean Girls, then this is absolutely PERFECT for you! It’s those 3 combined basically. :)
I’ve been in the middle of three other books for a while, and though they are interesting and I’m enjoying them, my progress was sputtering and needed a novel that I could get through quickly, fast paced, and a story to keep me hooked – ‘Don’t Look Back’ was all that. And thank goodness, staved off the possibility of falling into a reading slump.
I liked the aspect with memory loss, how Sam, our protagonist, was a blank slate and able to re-invent herself, leaving the mean girl she was behind. Her love interest, Carson is also another great excuse to indulge in ‘Don’t Look Back,’ gorgeous, loyal, and a voice of reason.
I was frustrated for much of the book, though, as Sam struggled to fill in the gaps of her missing memories. I’m kind of over the whole I have amnesia plot line. It’s overdone. To compound my dissatisfaction, Sam was a little dumb. She dismissed clues too easily, didn’t push and ask questions, and ignored her instincts most of the time. It was infuriating. I was so close to screaming at the book for her to wake up and do something. So I guess Sam engaged me really well – even if it wasn’t in the best way possible. And to that effect, I did not relate to her all that easily, but I loved the mystery she was trying to puzzle out.
The other thing that irked me is that I had guessed the entire plot very early on in the book. It was like I’d already read a summary somewhere. I don’t know if I picked up on the clues without difficulty, or if the narrative did a poor job at setting up the story, but it was difficult to really immerse myself in the novel when the plot was so glaringly obvious.
But I have a soft spot for Jennifer L. Armentrout. I have fallen in love with so many of her other books. I love her writing style – it has an easy tenor, and she manages to round out the cast members, giving them fantastic back stories. She is an expert at building tension and angst and always has a hunky love interest.
‘Don’t Look Back’ had shades of the television series ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘The Lying Game’ so if you enjoyed those – this will be right up your alley. I’m on the fence if I’d recommend it though. It’s written in a tone for younger audiences, so possibly tweens would get much more out of it than I did.
Don't Look Back is a murder mystery involving Sam, a high school mean girl and her best friend, Cassie. It's also a book on second chances. Setting this book in a high school with was brilliant. Sam's character is unbelievably complex. Her twin Scott, his girlfriend Julie (Sam's former bestie) on one side; Del, Veronica, and Candy, the mean elite on the other make for a well-rounded cast. Then there is Carson....he's one of the good guys, but he gets to stand alone in all of his wonderfulness!
The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns. I love trying to solve the mystery, figure things out before the main character does, and it's usually simple. With this book I was side by side with Sam. I figured it out minutes before the reveal. This proves Jennifer's skill of story-telling. The book has a complex storyline, so many side stories (like real life) that all figure in to the main story. This makes for a really solid story. The descriptions were incredibly detailed; it takes first POV to a new level. You can't help but get caught up in the suspense. Tension runs so high after a certain point, that it becomes impossible to put the book down until the thrilling reveal. Definitely recommend this one!
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