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

18296030Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Rating: 5
Date Read: 29/09/2014
Links: Goodreads | Kobo | Booktopia | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon

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 truth 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?

From the very first page, this book had me enthralled. The story was captivating. This book had my attention right up until the end.

This is the story of Samantha and her trying to find what happened to her best friend, Cassie. Sam is popular, rich, beautiful and has it all or so it may seem at first glance. Perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect family. But everything is not as it seems. So when she’s found wondering around not even knowing her name after having disappeared for four entire days, everything in her life takes on a new turn. She wants to know the truth, to remember it all. Who killed Cassie? Is her boyfriend hiding something? And what does Carson have to do with anything?

She gradually starts to regain brief memories of her former life. Unfortunately, as her memories begin to resurface Sam discovers that she doesn’t like the person she was before. With friends that she can barely tolerate, and a boyfriend that makes her skin crawl, Sam can’t even pretend that she wants her old life back. Yet, when the school’s top mean girl tries to change her ways, it doesn’t come easy. Her so-called friends turn their negative attentions toward Sam and she finds herself an object of ridicule and speculation.

Overall, I really loved Don’t Look Back and it’s quite a memorable read. I loved that it kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed the final outcome. If you are looking for a mysterious, psychological thriller with captivating characters, I recommend reading this.

“Things weren’t perfect. They were far, far from it, but they were getting there, and I wasn’t looking back. Not when there were so many good things in the future.”

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