Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: YA, Teen, Suspense
Review: Paperback from public library
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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 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 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 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?
The title is what called out to me in this book I saw the cover and hoped it would be good, but what got me was the synopsis inside the book with just a few sentences I was hooked and knew it would be a good.
I was far from disappointed. This is a great young adult and teenage book to read there is not graphic or sex scenes just what is insinuated. The book starts off strong and keeps up the suspense and guessing until the very end. Samantha is missing and when she is found she has no memory of who she is or what has happened to her or her friend Cassie. What we learn is Samantha is not a good person truly she is rude, mean, hateful and has a clique of girls who are just like her. Some people believe her to have killed Cassie, but Samantha doesn't remember doing that even though she is getting feelings and memories back slowly she wonders if she maybe did do it but she doesn't know it just yet. As it was no secret her and Cassie were explosive together. We see Samantha come to terms on the new her being as she gets a second chance almost, she apologizes to those she hurt before and she sees herself in a new light now. She learns that the person she once was, was someone horrible and she can't believe it.
Samantha is determined to find out what happened to Cassie even if she is a suspect but what will it cost her? It seems someone has a secret to hide and they will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
What happened at the cliff will Samantha ever find out?
The characters were either likable or despicable. You have the mean girls who you know you are not going to like then you have the mellow characters who are likable such as Carson, Scott and his girlfriend Julia. Samantha is the main character in this book and as you get to know her you end up liking her but can not believe she was one of the mean girls.
I have to say I enjoy books like this that deal with the drama, murder or suspense happening within the story, along with the love that seems to always develop the guy who you know you are not suppose to be with but you just do it.
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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.
Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.
Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.