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Don't Look Back (A Novel) Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Gr 7–10—From the very first page, readers are thrust into the mind of confused amnesiac Samantha, who finds herself at the center of the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Cassie. The protagonist was the last person known to see Cassie alive; the problem is that the teen remembers nothing of their last night together and, for that matter, nothing of her life at all. With the help of her brother and the compelling and handsome Carson Ortiz, Samantha figures out that the old Sam, the one she can't remember, might be one that's worth forgetting. Popular, powerful, and mean, she and her best frenemy Cassie had ruled the school and put down anyone in their path. In the search for someone who would have wanted to cause the two of them harm, she realizes that the list could be a long one. Someone clearly knows things no one else could about that night and leaves threatening notes telling the narrator to stop searching for the truth. Readers are led to wonder if Samantha's gnawing suspicion that she might be the culprit herself is right or perhaps if her developing romance with Carson is really a romance with Cassie's killer. The action-filled plot and the shocking revelation of the murderer's true identity will leave fans of suspense and mystery thoroughly satisfied.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Amnesia complicates an otherwise standard murder mystery in Armentrout’s psychological thriller about a missing girl’s return and her efforts to recover her lost memories. Samantha’s memory loss is so total that not only can’t she remember what happened the night she and best friend Cassie vanished, or how she turned up alone in the state forest, but she can’t recognize anything from her former life. Her wealthy family, hot boyfriend, and popular friends are strangers, none of whom she is sure she can trust, especially after she learns what the old Samantha was like: a quintessential mean girl who used her money and influence to bully others. Redemption isn’t easy, and once Cassie’s body is found, Samantha is left wondering if her old self was capable of murder. Sinister flashes of memory and other threatening notes help set an ominous tone, though the finale is a bit anticlimactic. Some new, supportive friendships and a steamy romance with Carson, the groundskeeper’s son, also provide a balance to the suspense. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The best-selling author of several series with big fan bases, Armentrout’s latest should benefit from author events, advertising, and, most likely, plenty of fan-to-fan buzz. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley
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Wow it was amazing!!I really enjoyed it!It hooked me from the first page until the end!!I loved the mystery and suspense!!I couldn't guess who was the killer and honestly when I learn, it was a shock for me!!It's really a great change of pace for the author and I hope that she will write more books like this!!And the fact that the romance was secondary didn't bother me at all!!This is a YA thriller...so be prepared... :))
Two teenage girls went missing for four days...until Samantha was found wandering in the streets..Everyone wants to know what happen but Samantha has no recollection of what's happened.And now she is in a life that she doesn't remember and she tries to pick up the pieces and find what really happened...
"...I stared at a stranger in the bathroom mirror.
I'd never seen her face before.
But it was mine."
I don't want to say anymore about the story for fear of spoiling it..because it was amazing and I think everybody must read it!!
I loved the characters, especially Samantha who was a really interesting character!!She tried to change her life..because the way she was before it wasn't good...While she was friend with Cassie the other girl who missing she was rude and many people at school didn't like her.And this is what I liked about her..that she wanted to be a better person!
I also loved her brother and Carson!Carson is so cute and sweet!He cares for Samantha and he was there for her..I honestly can't understand why she hasn't fell in love with him before!!I didn't like her boyfriend and her friends from the beginning!Also Cassie reminds me a lot Alison from the tv series "Pretty little liars".
I loved that it kept me guessing until the end!!!I really enjoyed the final outcome!!If you are looking for a mysterious,psychological thriller with captivating characters, this is what you need!!
*high pg-13 level
When you can’t remember anything and someone has thrown you from a cliff, who do you trust?
I just loved all the characters. Every single one, whether primary or secondary, they all have a role to play and no one is just fluff. It was a great book for when my brain needed scrubbing from a previous book hangover. It had my HEA, a bit of mystery that was easy enough to only need half my brain and had a great moral to send to teens……..
What choices would you make if you got a second chance?