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

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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?


Don’t Look Back is about Samantha Franco, a girl who finds herself remembering nothing of who she is or her life in general. She’s covered in blood and to make matters worse, she’s the last one who saw her best friend -Cassie- alive.

This was the first book of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s that I have read and I have to say that I loved every minute of it. Honestly, I had heard mixed reviews of the Lux series and was a bit skeptical about going into this and was looking out for those cliche and tooth grinding bits. I was surprised that there was no grinding of teeth and the cliche parts were left to a minimum. Jennifer stuck to the suspense and mystery and I kept changing my reading position because there was new information around every corner.

Samantha goes through this life changing phase where she’s not the person everyone remembers her to be. She’s a lot nicer and isn’t looking out to destroy anyone’s life. She’s cancelled out at school and karma rears it’s ugly head because whether she remembers her old life or not, she still did a lot of bad to many people.

I went through the book not trusting anyone because I wanted to know what really happened to Cassie. This book was a whirlwind of excitement and for those last 100 pages, I couldn’t put it down.

I’m glad that this was my initiation into JLA’s work and will definitely be reading more of them. A solid 5 out of 5 stars is what this book deserves.

Read: 24 January 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 10 April 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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