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Don't Look Back FeaturedHot
Young Adult Fiction 6104
Because Carson.
(Updated: March 26, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Don't Look Back is a skillfully crafted psychological thriller that will leave you guessing right up until the very end! (This book stressed the crap out of me, but in a good way.) Infused with strong characters, Armentrout's signature wit and romantic tension, it is unlike any of her previous works, but fans need not worry.

BECAUSE CARSON!

Not really.

Okay, maybe a little.

Everyone makes mistakes and there isn't one person who hasn't said, "Can I get a do-over, please?" at least once in their life. Sam is no different, except she didn't exactly ask for her "do-over", especially since it involves blood, cryptic notes and one creepyars music box.

But Sam does the best she can to piece together what few details she remembers about "that night", while attempting to make amends with the people she wasn't very nice to. People like her twin brother Scott, and Julie and Carson. Even her mother who is not the easiest of people to like. But most of all, Carson.

Carson and Sam used to be close, like, no shirt, no shoes required, close. (Okay, so they were little kids, but still.) And then things changed. Sam changed when she started hanging out with Cassie and Del. By the time "that night" happens, Carson has been relegated to the son of the help. Silly, silly, Sam.

But as she starts to remember more about what happened and the kind of person she was, Sam discovers things aren't all rainbows and sunshine. It's more like, well, I can't really say without ruining the story, but let's go with, dangerous, shocking, and heartbreaking.

One of my favorite things about this book, other than Carson, because we've already established that, is how the people around Sam, the ones she's hurt the most in recent years, are willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and a second chance. Even if she might not deserve it.

Don't Look Back is definitely full of chills. Read it for yourself, but you might wanna stay away from music boxes because they're just creepy.


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