YA All The Way

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on Not If I See You First by Eric Lidstrom, which is a novel I recently read and I feel it’s underhyped. Let’s get started, shall we?

This is the first novel I read in which the main character is completely blind. Yes, I’ve read something about a character becoming blind, but not a story in which the protagonist already is blind. This makes the reading all the more interesting because we get to experience Parker’s perspective and compare her daily life to the one of a sighted person. At least I did that while reading.

I like the fact that this novel is not just “a day in the life of a blind girl,” you know? I mean, it doesn’t revolve around the fact that Parker is blind. There is a family tragedy Parker is experiencing and we get to see how she tries to cope with it.

Parker is a great main character, by the way. She’s got a great sense of humor, and her personality is just awesome. In the novel, the way the author explores Parker’s relationship with her dad, even after his death, is very interesting.

To make her life easier, Parker has a set of rules, and I loved the fact that the readers get the entire list. Parker’s friends already know the rules, but her potential romantic interest doesn’t and it’s interesting to read about the ways in which he tries to act around and towards Parker.

Let’s not forget that this is a YA novel, so of course we don’t just have a romantic interest whose name is Jason and who is smooth as butter. We have Parker’s own Voldemort who comes back after a few years of being at a different school. This obviously leads to a potential love triangle, and I was living for it.

The format of the book was pretty cool; you get flashbacks and bits that are like letters or monologues, and the chapters are broken into small chunks. That for me made the reading faster and more interesting than just having long chapters of Parker narrating her life.

Again, I want you to remember that this is a YA novel, and I want to say this because, well, I know it’s hard to criticize a book that talks about diversity the way this one does, and whose main character is a blind person. Some people think books like this are sort of “untouchable” because by criticizing something about this book I might be offending a community of people being represented in it. Just so we’re clear, I’m talking 100% about the novel. It fell into the typical-YA mess halfway through and it was boring for me. It quickly gets better and entertaining to read, and I did enjoy it for the most part.

In the comments tell me whether you’ve read any books whose main character had a disability. Were they good? Let me know!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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