Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Publisher:   Disney-Hyperion (April 15th 2014)
Paperback: 369 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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?


1. I enjoyed Don’t Look Back a lot more than I thought I would and I thought I’d take a stab at it since I liked Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other contemporary works, which she wrote under as J. Lynn. There were a lot of wrongs (not the wrongs you’re probably thinking)  in this book, but I liked seeing how Samantha changed for the better because of her accident. Samantha remains an unreliable character throughout the novel not only because she can’t remember anything, but she thinks she is hallucinating. And for the most part it was interesting to see how everything unfolds. You might wonder because so and so is such a douchebag maybe he’s the one that is behind Cassie’s disappearance.

2. Don’t Look Back had a lot of twists that I didn’t see coming especially when things concern Cassie. I loved seeing how Samantha looked back at her past actions and try to make them right in the present. Well, she didn’t really look back at them since she couldn’t remember her past. When she came back from her disappearance, she doesn’t really remember anything. She doesn’t remember the bully she was or the way she treated her twin brother or her best childhood friend. If she didn’t dump Del the dick in the past I’m so glad she did in the present because he is, unfortunately, a dick. I kind of liked how even though Samantha’s past self didn’t seem to have the courage to stand up for herself because everything was about image to her and looking good, the new Samantha doesn’t have a problem with returning to the past. In fact she reconciles with her former friend, Julie (who she stopped talking to because she liked her brother), Scott, and Carson.

3. Speaking of Julie, Scott, and Carson I love the way they clicked together. Scott is the sweet overprotective brother even though the mean Samantha didn’t seem to care much for him.  As for Carson, I was shipping them so hard by chapter 3. Even though they come from different upbringings, you can tell that Carson is totally in love with Sam. It was sad to see how their best friends forever bond end up to trading insults with one another. Carson feels like he’s one of those bad boy characters you read, but he isn’t. At least I don’t recall him having any tattoos or smoked or deal with drugs. Then again as I’m writing reviews my memories of the books do tend to get a little foggy.

4. Like I said, even though the accident was unfortunate for Samantha I liked how she changes for the better – to become a better person than she was before. While she does try to be a better person, she looses her “popularity” at school. She learns the truth about her so-called perfect relationship with Del and her old friends are not the friends who she thought they were.

5. The one thing I didn’t like was her mother. She’s one of those pretentious woman who only cares about money and her looks. She cared mostly about how her family looked to others – I mean which makes sense because Samantha’s family is rich. Also, I didn’t like how she didn’t seem to care that her daughter had been in an accident. However, there seemed to be a bit of reconciliation with her mother at the end of the book. Though Sam’s mother may not understand, she does seem to approve of her dating Carson.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. I loved that book too, but couldn’t really relate to the parents either. And yes, Carson rocks !

  2. This is really good to hear! I recently requested this book from the library. I haven’t read any Jennifer L. Armentrout (or her pen names) yet, so I’m excited to see how I like the writing.

  3. I can’t wait to read this book. I’m looking forward to the twists the novel holds.

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