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DON'T LOOK BACK
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Armentrout has written another winner! From the first page to the last she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This stand-alone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks — a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys — but she adds an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.
When she is found wandering around the cliffs near her home, Samantha Jo Franco is a blank slate. She doesn’t remember anything, not her name, not her family, nor the whereabouts of her best friend Cassie, the girl she went missing with four days before. She does everything she can to jog her memory, from returning to school as early as possible to visiting the cliffs. Feeling like a stranger in her own life, she begins to see that maybe losing her memories is a blessing as she discovers she was not a very nice person. Determined to start over, she tries to be better, even falling for childhood friend Carson Ortiz. Yet as Sam puts her life back together, more questions arise about Cassie’s fate — and someone is determined to make sure Sam does not remember. (HYPERION, Apr., 384 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9781423175124, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Sabrina Cooper
Published: April 2014