Title: Not if I see you first
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Recommended for: 8th thru 12th grade
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION LINDSTROM
Synopsis: Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death.
Parker Grant lost her sight at the age of seven in an accident that killed her mother. As a coping mechanism, she created what she refers to as “The Rules,” and she expects everyone in her life to adhere to them. “Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.” “Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.” Through these rules, and many others, I was drawn into what it is like to be a blind teenager (as much as I could be). With the recent death of her father, she is trying to continue on with life in a no-nonsense fashion. She has a quick wit and a gift for sarcasm. Things get complicated when she meets a boy who doesn’t treat her like a blind girl, and her former best friend/boyfriend begins attending her high school (she hasn’t spoken to him in two years). Luckily she has some true friends who help her navigate the ups and downs of life.
I loved this book! It drew me in right away, which surprised me because I wasn’t convinced I would like the book when I read the book jacket. The struggles of high school as a teenage girl rang very true (I was a teenage girl back in the day!). The insights into being blind were very interesting to me, and made me think about so many things I take for granted as a sighted person. The friendships were genuine and the emotions very raw at times. I highly recommend this book for someone looking for realistic fiction. It is a safe book to recommend if the patron is looking for a book without sex. The most physical interaction in a make-out session in the back seat of a car.