Don’t Look Back
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Length: 384 pages
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 Same took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Same is pretty sire 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 Same 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 Same 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?
I loved this book! I think the author did a good job of holding on to the suspense throughout the book without giving too much away. In the first chapter, I suspected Sam’s father to be the killer, but when I continued reading, I began to think her boyfriend and even Carson may have been the killer. I also thought her brother could have killed Cassie! I kept thinking about who could have killed Cassie throughout the entire book and that’s what I loved the most about it. What I didn’t like was the author did not develop Cassie’s story enough. I wanted to know something about her dad possibly being the father early on in the book. Towards the end it seemed as if Sam’s dad being the father of Cassie was so random. I think if the author wrote something that would have lead us to suspect Sam’s father being Cassie’s father as well would have been good. I didn’t see how it all connected. Sam was in Cassie’s life a lot.. visiting her at her home and all, but I didn’t read anything about Cassie visiting Sam at her home and Sam’s father being weird around her. That would have given me an inkling about the father.
I think it was a good story. I did not like Sam’s mom, but I understood where she was coming from. Toward the end of the book she loosed up about Carson and that’s what I wanted to read! The ending could have been better… all in all, it was a good book and I recommend it.