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Not If I See You First by [Lindstrom, Eric]
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Praise for "Not If I See You First" "Bursting with complex, lovable, and, best of all, "real" characters, "Not If I See You First" is a beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, and the difference between looking at and truly seeing. Parker Grant feels like a friend now -- a friend I want to laugh with, to cry with, and especially...to "run "with." "Jennifer Brown, author of "Hate List"""

""Not If I See You First "is thoughtful and honest, with characters that made me laugh, cry, and surprised me at every turn. It's a book I'll recommend for years to come." "Kody Keplinger, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The DUFF "and co-founder of Disability in KidLit""

Praise for "Not If I See You First" * "Lindstrom's immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker's blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity...An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief." ""Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)""

"["Not If I See You First"] possesses crackling wit, intense teen drama, and a lively pace that pulls readers in, as do the everyday details of Parker's world: spoken-word texts, clever methods of finding her way, and a guide runner who helps Parker when she considers joining the school track team. This unique coming-of-age tale is off and running from the start." ""Booklist"""

Praise for "Not If I See You First" A Top Ten Winter 2015 Indie Next List SelectionAn Amazon Best Books of December 2015 SelectionA "Kirkus" Best Teen Books of 2015 Selection A 2016 CCBC Children's Choice
* "Lindstrom's immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker's blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity...An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief." ""Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)""

Praise for Not If I See You First A Top Ten Winter 2015 Indie Next List SelectionAn Amazon Best Books of December 2015 SelectionA Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2015 Selection A 2016 CCBC Children's Choice
* "Lindstrom's immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker's blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity...An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The byplay between Parker and her friends is believable, and in creating a heroine whose drive for independence brings both risks and rewards, Lindstrom adds a note of complexity to his gripping depiction of how Parker learns to trust and forgive."--Publishers Weekly

"[Not If I See You First] possesses crackling wit, intense teen drama, and a lively pace that pulls readers in, as do the everyday details of Parker's world: spoken-word texts, clever methods of finding her way, and a guide runner who helps Parker when she considers joining the school track team. This unique coming-of-age tale is off and running from the start."--Booklist

"Characterization is fantastic-very few high school stereotypes, and lots of challenged expectations about mean girls, pretty girls, blind girls, fat girls, jocks, and coaches. Parker has just the right degree of acerbic wit to be likable even when she's bitchy, and when she falls apart, her insight into her own character is heartbreaking. And Scott?-oh, Scott, may your tribe of boys who respect boundaries and learn from mistakes increase. This will have broad appeal for readers who need to learn a thing or two about how to shepherd themselves and their friends through difficult times."--BCCB

"Lindstrom's realistic and humorous dialog breathes life into an eclectic cast of characters. Parker's relationships, including the one with herself, do not sugar-coat the mental struggles familiar to many teenagers. Readers will laugh through tears, with the novel ending on a note of hope and maturity."--School Library Connection

"Bursting with complex, lovable, and, best of all, real characters, Not If I See You First is a beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, and the difference between looking at and truly seeing. Parker Grant feels like a friend now -- a friend I want to laugh with, to cry with, and especially...to run with."--Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List

"This book is fierce, funny, and honest. And get ready for some of the most likable characters you've read in years."--Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist

"Parker Grant is unforgettable: vivid, feisty, and absolutely loveable. This book broke my heart, but left me smiling."--Fiona Wood, author of Wildlife and Six Impossible Things

"Not If I See You First is thoughtful and honest, with characters that made me laugh, cry, and surprised me at every turn. It's a book I'll recommend for years to come."--Kody Keplinger, New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF and co-founder of Disability in KidLit

From the Inside Flap

Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances.

When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react - shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened - both with Scott, and her dad - the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem.

Exhilarating and real, 'Not if I See You First' will change the way you see things forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1751 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (31 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YGD77W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This is a children's book. So I expected it to be clean and correct. But maybe with some surprises still!

A high school story in which the main character, Parker, is completely blind, plus her Dad died a few months ago, so she is dealing with the grief from that. Now she has to deal with her ex-boyfriend coming back on the scene after they split up when he betrayed her. She loves to run and this keeps her going, so trying out for the track team finally seems like a good idea. 
Parker doesn't hold back, she believes in being honest. She has rules! And she is very forthright and blunt in her way of speaking. Quite a philosopher even. 
The story is well written and enjoyable. The emotional content of the characters is finely crafted and believable. The characters behave much as you would expect most high school students to. 
I would recommend this book to young teens who want to read about Parker and how she copes with being blind, along with all life throws at her. 

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
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Format: Paperback
One thing I love about young adult fiction is how it's often used as a device to talk about individual life experiences, specifically those that deviate from the "norm".

Not If I See You First follows Parker Grant as she works through her grief in losing her father, and the close friendship she ended coming back to focus. Parker also happens to be blind, and Lindstrom does a great job of talking about the politics and realities of being disabled - how people change their reactions to you, how you get wrapped in cotton wool, how much more scared people are to let you try and fail. Parker herself is staggeringly blunt, straight talking, but also torn up inside, fragile. I really liked her and her attitude to life, which does soften over the book.

A great read focussing on disability (and seeing past them). This book was simultaneously released as a Braille book and audiobook, something that should always happen across the board.

Thanks to Harper Collins UK for sending a proof copy to the shop for me to review.
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This is a book that I got for my 14 year old grand-daughter. I flicked through to check its suitability, before giving it to her to review, I got hooked, and ended up reading it all. It's a solid, well written book that engages you and keeps you reading.

It was refreshing to read of a character with a disability who is the central character, isn't sugar coated and made to be heroic. Prickly, feisty Parker manages her environment and those around her by imposing The Rules. Which are perfectly sensible and concern her need to be aware of what is going on around her, to stay safe and not have her personal space invaded... Apart from the last rule, the rule of personal loyalty to her;Parker doesn't give second chances if a trust is breached.

There's also her self imposed rule not to cry more than is necessary about the recent sudden loss of her father, along with the tumble of emotions that come with her ex boyfriend being on the scene.

It's not a complex story with lots of sub-plots. There is Parker's love of running and her desire to try out for the school athletics team along with her role as agony aunt, whilst keeping a lid on all of her own feelings - that's what is the key to the book, emotions and feelings. Parker's world isn't one of vast panoramic vistas that need lengthy description. It's all within, it's counting steps, strides, remembering, remembering, remembering... The fact that Parker can't forget some things isn't surprising at all in this context.
A first class read.

As a disabled person myself I applaud Eric Lindstrom for the deep thought that went into this book, for his making Parker such a complete and believable person, for a teen story that is more than sugar coated teens managing their boyfriend troubles. Very highly recommended.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a joyful break from daily life. I became absorbed by the characters and story immediately and everything about it felt so fresh. Parker was just the most wonderful character. She was snarky, honest but with a vulnerable heart. What she wasn't, was needy and pathetic. This was amazing considering the hand life had dealt her.

Parker's blindness wasn't new to her but she was adjusting and grieving some significant losses and new norms. Two young men arrive in her life and the story of now and the past was clever and engaging. Jason initially seemed to have it all where as Scott was reviled. This book went a path that was unpredictable, sometimes funny but often real and poignant.

This book would have been a five star read for me but I did feel unsatisfied at the end, thus the four star rating. I could have and would like to read more from these characters. The writing was strong and talented so I'll need looking out for more from Eric Lindstrom.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes you just want a cuddle but when you have set rules in place, especially the 'dont touch me ' rule, it is hard to go back on it. Parker misses her dad so much. He taught her how to be independent, to live her life and he would give her a cuddle every day. She was facing so many changes in her life all at once now

What a brilliant character Eric Lindstorm has created. Parker is funny, independent and vulnerable all at the same time. She has certainly seen more than her fair share of tragedy in her life but somehow you know she will be ok. I loved her running, she just totally wowed me and she came alive when she ran.

I would recommend this book to young teenagers, I know my grandaughters would love it. Very inspirational book, especially as Parker is totally blind.

I wish to thank Netgalley and Harper Collins Children's Books for allowing me to read and review this book.
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