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Not If I See You First
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Not If I See You First
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Parker Grant doesn't need perfect 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. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react, shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. 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.
Parker Grant doesn't need perfect 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. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react, shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. 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.
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    September 21, 2015
    An old writing adage suggests that plot boils down to getting a character up a tree and then throwing rocks at him. In Lindstrom’s debut, the tree is high, and the rocks are jagged. Parker Grant lost her sight and her mother in a car crash; as the book opens, she’s coping with her father’s sudden death. A high school junior, Parker gets around well on her own (so much so that she runs at a nearby field in secret) and has some strict rules to keep her life manageable. Some are reasonable (warn her before touching her, don’t assume blind means stupid), some less so (no crying, no second chances). That last rule, inspired by the middle-school boyfriend who broke her heart, is tested when he reappears. The byplay between Parker and her friends is believable, and in creating a heroine whose drive for independence brings both risks and rewards, Lindstrom adds a note of complexity to his gripping depiction of how Parker learns to trust and forgive. Ages 15–up. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

  • AudioFile Magazine Lindstrom's debut introduces 16-year-old Parker, who has been blind since age 7, when she lost her mother and her sight in a car crash. Lauren Fortgang's narration is uneven as she delivers this story, written in Parker's voice as she copes with the recent loss of her father and the reappearance of an ex-best friend/boyfriend, Scott. She succeeds in projecting Parker's self-assurance, which often veers into meanness, cousin Shelia's boredom, cousin Petey's enthusiasm, and a love-sick friend's sobbing, overwrought longing. But missed punctuation cues make some sentences sound slightly off, and we don't hear the Australian accent Parker assigns to Scott in her text-to-sound phone software. Still, the story provides interesting insights into a strong character who is coping with a disability. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
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