Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller
Age Range: 13+
In my quest to read all things Jennifer Armentrout has written, not surprisingly, Don’t Look Back made the list. I’m slightly disappointed in myself that it took so long to get to, but what I’m not disappointed about, is how fantastic the book was.
Armentrout’s teen books, prior to Don’t Look Back, have focused more on the supernatural element of story writing, and with this book, she takes a step away from it. 17-year-old Samantha Franco disappears for four days, and wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who she was.
Piecing things together over the course of the novel, Sam discovers that she hadn’t always been the worlds nicest person, and that perhaps her memory loss, is actually the best thing that’s ever happened to her. The problem is that her best friend, Cassie, disappeared the same night she did… And Sam is the only person who may know what have happened.
I want to tell you all so much about the book, but the problem is I can’t! It gives away everything if I do. I will say that Sam’s memories coming back to her throughout the novel, and how they return, paints an extremely realistic picture for the reader. And the epic twist near the end of the story is not what you’d expect it to be.
One thing that really impressed me was the fact that Sam rekindles lost friendships as her personality changes and her memory returns. Her relationship with Carson, in particular, is one that is extremely interesting and enticing. A long time ago, they were best friends, but when Sam began to morph into the ‘girl she used to be’ she evicted Carson from her life. As her memories come back, she begins to explore her new (and old) feelings for her former best friend, and how she wishes she hadn’t pushed him away.
Also, can we talk about how extremely creepy the cover is? Especially in gif format where the mirror cracks. Terrifying stuff.