Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary: 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?


Initial Thoughts: This book had it all. It was a cross between contemporary/romance/suspense/ mystery/thriller and I had so much fun reading it and not getting any sleep! This book was definitely different from other Armentrout books but it was still really good!

The Characters: Sam has no memory about who she was when the book starts off and she finds out through a lot of people that, for lack of a better word, she was a b****. She was definitely a mean girl and ruined other people's lives by being mean to them, making fun of them, and again just being mean! I kept thinking two things the whole time - 1. why/how is she so mean and 2. are people seriously that mean of people that they make it their lives to crush other people (apparently it can be true which I've heard from actual people) but seriously why are people so mean?!?! Well anyways Sam tries to figure it out herself about how she became so mean and why as well as figuring out the night she and her friend, Cassie, disappeared. 

But back to the point, when Sam lost her memory, she became a different person. She isn't mean or snarky, she is less confident in herself because she didn't even know who she is. She is definitely more humble of a person and I really like her. I also liked her twin brother Scott just because I can. I also liked Carson, or Car, who is sorta the forbidden love interest because Sam actually has a boyfriend yet she doesn't remember anything about their relationship - which I think is completely weird but I have no idea what I'd do in that situation. Her boyfriend was a jerk though, so ya know whatever in that department!

The Story: It starts off with Sam walking around covered in blood and bruises and has no idea who she is, where she is, why she's there, what day of the week etc. A cop car finds her and after going to the hospital and such her family comes but she has no idea who they are. Doesn't matter though because they take her home (did I mention that her family is rich??) and from there everything weird starts to happen. Sam keeps getting weird notes saying things like "don't look back, you won't like what you find" and drawings with her and Cassie on rocks with blood all over the place. She'll sometimes hear Cassie saying things to her or she'll see Cassie next to her. Sometimes she'll look in the mirror and her reflection will talk to her even though she doesn't say anything. All very weird and creepy and she has no idea what's going on and thinks she's going crazy or something. Important note: Cassie is dead and all of this is happening anyways. Another important note: Sam is the prime suspect for Cassie's murder. As I have said and must repeat - this is all very weird and I'm going to pee my pants scary because I'm reading this in my basement all alone at 2 am (please don't read this at night unless you want to be extra scared!). 

The Romance: In between the whole world falling apart for Sam, she actually manages to start falling for Carson because he is really understanding, caring, and has a motorcycle <<<all perfectly good reasons to break up with her jerk boyfriend over I think! Which she does end up doing and thank goodness! He was lying to her and I just didn't like him. But Carson and Sam's relationship felt genuine. They had actually grown up together as friends but after Sam started being all mean girl (which actually all started with Cassie), they really weren't friends anymore. But Sam is a changed girl and I was happy with how their relationship developed over the book.

End Thoughts: I freaked out a lot throughout the book and seriously had no idea who was behind Cassie's murder and Sam's disappearance. When I did find out, I was like "Oh my gosh! holy crap! how could anyone have guessed that! What!". So in the end, this book was absolutely amazing and fun to read and I loved it and would recommend it if you want to read it!!! 5 stars!

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