Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Goodreads Summary:

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?

My Thoughts:

I read another book by Jennifer Armentrout that I didn’t love, so I wasn’t really excited about reading this book.  But she is my friend’s favorite author, and since I met her, I figured I better give her another chance.  I’m glad I did.  I really enjoyed this book.  It is a very good mystery, that kept me guessing the entire book, as to who the culprit was.  The book starts with Sam being found on the side of the road covered in blood with no memory as to who she is or what happened to her.  She is found by a deputy and brought to the hospital, where her parents identify her.  She is diagnosed with dissociative amnesia, and has to learn who she is.  Everything she learns about herself is horrible, and she hates who she was.  She has to continue to learn who she was though, so that she can get her memories back and find out what happened to her.  Not only for her own sake, because her best friend Cassie is still missing, not that she remembers who Cassie is, but still another girl is still out there.  Sam was a typical stuck up rich girl who was a terror to everyone she knew, because she could get away with it.  Cassie, her best friend, just brought out the worst in her.  She is dating Del the Dick, and has a gaggle of girls in tow that are all gunning to be top dog.  The “new” Sam isn’t mean, and doesn’t understand how anyone could be so cruel to other people.  She isn’t attracted to her boyfriend Del, of 4 years, who she is supposed to have the perfect relationship with.  She is, however, attracted to Carson, a boy who’s father is the help *GASP*  and is best friends with her twin brother Scott.  As she continues to learn who she was and goes to places she used to frequent in an effort to get her memories back it is clear to everyone that she is not the same Samantha she was before the accident.  Her memories come back in flashes and fragments.  She starts to believe that it is possible that she is the one who hurt Cassie, and that she someone got hurt in the process.  You end up being able to believe that any one person in the book could be responsible for who it was.  I didn’t guess who it was at the beginning, but I wasn’t shocked either.  Overall, I really liked the book, and would consider reading some of her other works. The characters were believeable.  Sam  went from being the perfect mean girl (who we never get to meet only hear about) to someone real with feelings and depth.  And Casron! Swoon!  The other characters were well-written, and the plot really did keep you reading so you could solve the mystery.  There are a lot of plot twists, and I really like the way the book came together.  Normally I can guess the mystery pretty quickly, but that was not the case in this book.



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