Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Stand-Alone

Published: April 15th 2014

Synopsis:

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?


My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information:

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre(s): YA Mystery, Thriller

Page Count: 384

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 1423175123


 

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. She’s an amazing author, and she has creative plots that are addicting. This book is not exception! I couldn’t put it down, and when I started it, I just continued. And continued. And continued. I loved it! ❤

I was hooked from the very start of the book; Sam has no clue what happened to her, waking up in the middle of nowhere. I got to follow a chilling mystery, a complicated but interesting main character, a makes-you-feel-fuzzy type romance, and a shocking ending. All this to say (again) that I loved the book!

So, our main character, Samantha, has amnesia. She doesn’t remember event of her life and her memories were fuzzy. She soon finds out that she wasn’t alone when she disappeared. Her frenemy, Cassie, is still missing.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about the books was the unpredictability factor that propels the novel forward.  Just when you think you know what’s happening it changes again. I kept trying to solve the mystery and ended up missing some pretty big clues, which ultimately led to an epic ending. Other than the mystery plot, I also really enjoyed the romance! Jennifer Armentrout is one of the masters at creating romantic and sexual tension, and this book has its share of swoon-worthy chapters. *Squeal*

As for the characters, I have to say the secondary characters kind of fell flat. Samantha’s friends are the typical, popular mean girls. None of the secondary characters possess any depth to them; they are just there (except for a few select characters). That’s really mostly the only problem I had with the book. But since the main characters were well-developed, I enjoyed the book.

Overall, not only did Jennifer Armentrout create a story that kept me on the edge of my seat, but also created a story that kept me up until 3 am in the morning. Definitely blown away by her special way of writing an addicting story! If Jennifer Armentrout was going for creating a superb YA romantic mystery thriller, then mission accomplished! I definitely recommend it!

Oh, also, here’s a trailer for the book:

I’m not the biggest fan of this trailer, but it’s the only one I could find, so hope you enjoyed it!

Don’t look back (*wink wink*) and go eat the book up!

-A

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