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

Title: Don’t Look Back

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Young Adult; Romance; Contemporary; Mystery.

ISBN: 9781423175124


Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardback

Pages: 369

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 Starts


I can assure you that this book is one of my TOP 10 of this year… I mean, of all the time! This is not my favorite book ever because I have another baby named ‘Uninvited’ BUT this is OBVIOUSLY one of the best books I ever read in my entire life!
This was the 68th book of this year, so when I say that it is one of my TOP 10 I can also say that it is one of my TOP 5… to be even more direct I can honestly say that this book was the second best book I read this year until now! Pretty radical isn’t it?! So… it is saying much since I read a bunch of books before this one!
After all I said, needless to say that I gave to this book 5 stars but I really really wanted to give to it 100 stars right?!

I never read anything like this book… it was different, it was perfect, it was cute… it was basically written by Jennifer L. Armentrout and when we talk about that AMAZING writer we don’t need to say much because I really think that the opinion of the ‘world’ about her is unanimous, everyone loves her (I hope so, if you don’t love her then I’ll not judge you but I’ll have to say this: you are from another planet! – joking!)
It took me one day to read this book… I know, I know… pretty strange! I have lack of time at the week but at the weekend I really like to ‘put my readings in order’ so basically what I’m trying to say is that when I have time to do anything, when I have time to myself, when I have time to read… (guess what?!)…. I READ!
Like I said before, it took me one day to finish this amazing book which means that I really loved it! This story is different from everything else, it is a contemporary, romance but mystery and sometimes kind of creepy, so yes, it is basically a thriller too… and now that I said this you can ask yourself: OMG, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a genius… she writes romances, paranormals, dystopias, mysteries… anything else? – yes, I know… do you want to be like her?!… I’ve been there….

Talking a little about the story/plot:
This story is about a girl named Samantha (she’s the main character). Basically Sam went missing at the same time at her bestfriend… she looses her memory and when she finally appears she can’t remember anyone, she can’t remember her name… she forgot everything, her parents, her boyfriend, her brother, her bestfriend Cassie… talking about Cassie…. contrary to Sam, Cassie never appeared and now Sam doesn’t know what did happen, she just remembers blood, rocks, sand, water and dirt!
In the past Sam was a mean girl… she was popular at school, as popular as her bestfriend and her boyfriend. She was really mean with ‘poor’ people, she was mean with fat girls or skinny girls… she was mean with anyone who was not rich or popular like her!
When Sam reappers she comes a different person, she can’t understand why she was a horrible person before the accident, actually she can’t believe that she was that horrible person before.
While you are reading the book you start to understand that Samantha feels guilty because she can’t remember what happened to Cassie, she feels guilty because she was with her, because everyone says to her that she was the last person that saw the girl… she thinks that she has the obligation to find her bestfriend… if she’s still alive of course!

Eventually Sam will begin to recover her memory, but she’s not alone! The only reason why she gets the ‘strenght’ to do it is the support of her brother, her brother’s girlfriend (or her old bestfriend) and her brother’s bestfriend – Carson (who was her bestfriend once too, actually she had a crush on him once!).

I think that the plot of this book is really really good because while you are reading it you are thinking that you know what’s going to happen at the end of the story, but YOU KNOW NOTHING! You think that the bad guy is someone, and you start hating that ‘someone’ and then you change your mind and you start thinking otherwise… you start thinking that the bad guy is that guy that you loved before and then you figure out that that’s impossible and your suspicions turn to the ‘first bad guy’ again… and at the end of the book, when you just think that you are a excellent detective and that you know everything…. NO, you don’t really know anything… the bad guy is someone you would NEVER suspect of!

One of the things that is pretty interesting in this book ‘are’ the notes… Sam receive some anonimous notes telling her to not trust anyone… giving her clues… and you’ll think a LOT of things while you are reading the book but you just know the right meaning of the notes at the end of the book…

ONVIOUSLY that I recommend this book to everyone! It was beautiful, it was an amazing experience and I think that everyone should read this book… If you already wanted to read this book, I can almost assure you (yes, because opinions may vary) that you’ll not get disappointed with it! So go ahead… READ IT!


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