Don’t Look Back, by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review #175

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, 18296030Cassie, 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 truth 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?

Don’t Look Back is definitely a Young Adult Mystery novel, and from the first sentence I was extremely interested. Not to mention intrigued. The rest of the book made me feel like I was teettering on the edge as to find out what happened, so there’s this fast pace feel to the book. Even when the story has a slow scene.

Let me just say that my Ship has Sailed, and I am extremely happy about it!! These two characters definitely work well with each other, and with that being said, I literally can’t say anymore about it, because I just know I’ll spoil the book.

The ending to Don’t Look Back is absolutely, 100%, bittersweet. Like, there are so many if’s and but’s, and, this-could’ve-happened‘s. — The plot of the story is very good.

In the end, I had a huge suspect list, but it turns out that Don’t Look Back showcases a lot of things about the life of Rich People behind their closed doors. That, and one of the suspects that I had on my list actually turned out to be true and that’s part of why the ending to Don’t Look Back is so bittersweet. It’s kind of sad actually, even though Don’t Look Back has a happy ending.

I read this book a few(??) months back, and now that I’ve prepared this book review to go out into the world, I can honestly say that once the book sets in and you realize what exactly happened; a.k.a., the bottom line of this book…. You (I) realize(d) that Don’t Look Back can be an extremely depressing book. There are many ways you can take in the story though, so as depressing as I find the truth about this novel, there are many different elements to everything.

When I say “Don’t Look Back is a bittersweet story.” I definitely mean it. I’m literally left with an ache in my soul because of this book.

I ended up giving Don’t Look Back 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Happy Reading!

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