Synopsis: 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?
200words (or less) review: I knew by the time I finished the first chapter that I was going to like this book. Samantha’s narration reels you in and because she knows as much (or as little) as the reader there is camaraderie about being on a journey together.
I liked the differences between new Sam vs old Sam. The girl that’s currently trying to remember her life is a really likeable character and at odds with everything you learn about her previous behaviour.
Despite all the enjoyment I had reading Don’t Look Back there was an instant in the early chapters of the book where I went “oh it’s you” in regards to one of the characters and while Jennifer L. Armentrout did provide twists my initial guess turned out to be correct.
Overall though Don’t Look Back was more about Sam trying to remember and make amends for who she was. I thought that the tension around Sam and her flashbacks worked. Jennifer L. Armentrout made it easy to get lost in the story and this might have been my first YA read by this author but I don’t think it’ll be the last.