Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 384

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?
My Thoughts:
Okay I suck at mysteries. I try and try to figure out the "whodunit" and I can't. If I figure it out then you KNOW that it wasn't well written.

This mystery captured me from the first page. I think this is the first book I've read by Jennifer L. Armentrout that wasn't just about romance! WHOOT! Don't get me wrong there is plenty of steamy romance in this but it wasn't the main MAIN focus. Instead I wanted to know what happened! Plus I think this has to be the best WRITTEN book that Armentrout has done so far.

Samantha wakes up beaten, bloody, with a complete loss of memory. I really enjoyed the raw nature of how bad-of-shape Samantha is found in. However with Sam's loss of memory she doesn't realize she was such a terror to everyone around her and she just would make life a living hell. But the interesting this part of that is the fact that she wasn't always so horrible, but when she started hanging out with Cassie her BFF who is still missing and Sam can't remember what happened.

Sam and Cassie are the ultimate B-bodys of their social lives and high school. They live to torture classmates and party hard. Sam has her life pretty much mapped out for her and that includes long time boyfriend.

As Sam digs deeper into her past of who she was, what she had become and why Cassie was such a huge part of her life to the point that people could swear they were practically twins, Sam learns that she doesn't want to be who she had become when Cassie entered her life.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Sam and her brother. I appreciated the fact that although Sam's family was very wealthy it hadn't gone to her brother's head as it had to Sams. I thought that was cool.

Overall the book was better written and I was invested to know everything! Why Cassie was so involved in Sams life, Sams life in general and then the major twist at the end as everything comes together. WHOA.

Sexual Content: moderate/heavy (talk of sex, making out)
Language: heavy
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (talk of underage drinking)
Violence: moderate (it's a mystery....)

*Due to content and for those sensitive to that but still want to read it, I rate this book "obtain"*

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