I recently read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom and felt that this is a wonderful and great read. Lindstrom does an outstanding job in creating the character Parker Grant making her both hilarious and realistic. Even though Parker is blind, she can still sense things and manages to do things that most blind people should not or would not even try. To Parker, being blind does not limit or slow her down. This book does deal with a lot of ups and downs most teens do not have to deal with, like Parkers mom was drinking and driving the car causing the accident killing her mom and causing Parkers blindness. Because of this, she is left with her dad who years later dies from an accidental drug overdose from the medications for anxiety and depression. Parker then ends up living with her aunt and her family who moves into Parkers house in order to keep things more normal for Parker. This way she does not have to change or relearn her daily routine. She already knows her way around the house, to school and the route of her morning run. All of this allows Parker to be more independent. I will not give the ending away but you will love it! This book is definitely worth reading, you can get your copy HERE.
(from amazon.com) Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart. When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react–shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, an d giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken. Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.
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