Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

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Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery

Recommended if you like: 
Amnesia as the main plot, popular/shallow/rich mean girls who are more like frenemies, a story about second chances, a very small love triangle (barely), "it's all in my head" vs. reality, and playing the whodunit game

Book 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?

Book Review:
Aside from the fact that I'm a huge Jennifer Armentrout fan, the synopsis was enough to hook me in - I just needed to read this book! (and maaaaaaaybe I was craving anything remotely similar to a YA murder-mystery.)

Overall, I thought it was a good book. I liked how Samantha wanted to change and become a better person - and how she finally grew some balls to do something about it. But I kinda wish there were more twists and turns. After reading about 20% to 40% of the book, I was pretty sure I knew whodunit. So by the time I got to the end, I wish I was more surprised. I wanted to be more like Sheldon Cooper:

Either way though, it was still an enjoyable read. I'll always have a soft spot for characters who "grow up" through the course of the book.


  1. Good review! About to start reading this one myself! Hope to enjoy it as well!

    1. I hope you enjoy it too! I'm actually pretty curious to know who you think it is, so i'm looking forward to your review! :)

  2. Great review! I really want to read this book sometime. I have started the Covenant series and seriously need to make time to finish it too. This book seems to be lost in my ever increasing TBR pile.

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. I'm a huge JLA fan!!! And i totally understand what you mean, I still have quite a few of her books that I definitely need to get to but somehow haven't lol