Monday, April 28, 2014

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
# of Pages: 276 (ebook)
Challenge: 2014 Ebook Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
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 Thoughts:

While I did like Don't Look Back a lot more than Obsidian, I just did not end up liking it as much as I hoped I would. 

I was instantly sold when i read the synopsis for this book, and couldn't wait to dive into it. 

I thought Samantha was a good, likable protagonist. I felt bad for her with the stress and struggle she had to go through after losing her memory and the disappearance of her best friend. I did like that she was willing to redeem herself of her previous ways. I also liked her brother, Scott, and his girlfriend, Julie. They were both very supportive of Samantha. I just wish that they had more appearances throughout the book. Carson was kind and patient with Samantha despite the way she had treated him before she lost her memory.

As for Samantha's friends, I couldn't stand them. And her boyfriend, Del? Ugh! He was such an asshole. I just didn't see how Sam could have put up with them before or after she lost her memory.

The thing that disappointed me the most about this book was the mystery or lack thereof. The storyline was pretty predictable and it was obvious who the evil doer was. And the reasoning behind the evil doer's actions wasn't even that believable.

Though Don't Look Back did have some high points and I really wanted to love it, I found it to be somewhat underwhelming.

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