Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this e-book from NetGalley for review purposes. No other compensation was given.
A beautifully written book, Not if I See You First follows Parker Grant, a junior in high school who lost her eyesight and her mom when she was a child. Her dad taught her how to navigate the world as a blind person while maintaining her independence. One day, everything is fine and the next her dad has passed away suddenly and the world as she knows is has completely changed- both at home and at school.
Parker has to deal with new family members in town, new students at school, and a new guide who helps her to get around. She also finds herself coming face-to-face with an old issue that she thought she had already dealt with and put to bed.
This book delves into family, friendship, love and the all-too-familiar need that so many people have to be independent. Even though Parker thinks she has life all figured out, there are many lessons for her to learn this school year, about herself, the way she treats others, and them her. Her biggest lessons, though, will come from her learning about her blindspots (no pun intended) in life. Not everything that we believe to be true, is.
A great, easy read with relatable characters, Not if I See You First is a wonderful debut YA novel from Eric Lindstrom that I would definitely recommend.