Blurb: Parker Grant doesn't need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.
When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there's only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that's right, her eyes don't work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened--both with Scott, and her dad--the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.
I was looking at some other reviews for this book, and there is quite a few negative ones (which after reading I can see where they are coming from and can even partly agree with) but to be perfectly honest, while this book wasn’t perfect, and it may have been insensitive in some ways (which I didn’t see to be honest), I actually really enjoyed this book.
This book deals with a topic that I have never come across in YA before. The main character is blind and although I have no personal experience with being blind, I think Lindstrom did a fantastic job of portraying it in a realistic way.
Not once when I was reading this book did I think “as if that would ever happen in real life”. It covered all bases in a young adult contemporary. There was friendship, romance, bumps in the road, self-discovery, so much fit into this one book, and it was done in a way that wasn’t overly obvious.
The friendships in this book were amazing, particularly between Parker and Sarah. They were all so loyal to each other, and it went beyond the fact that Parker was blind, they were just honest to God, good friends which you don’t see a lot in YA.
This book addresses so many cliché’s that are in YA at the moment, and I don’t know if it was done on purpose, but it was done in a very subtle way. I enjoyed that there wasn’t an overly strong focus on romance like the blurb makes it out to be. It was more on Parker growing as a person, recognising that she has flaws, and working through them. The more I think about this book, the more I think what a fantastic job it did because while it wasn’t filled with twists and turns and twenty different plot points, it managed to keep me enthralled right to the very last page.
My only issue with this book was sometimes in the conversations, it would get a little bit confusing who was actually talking. I’d reread a few paragraphs and I still couldn’t figure it out so I’d just give up and continue reading. There was also the fact that at some points, it was a little slow paced, but at the same time I read it really quickly so that wasn’t really an issue. Honestly, I can’t think of any other issues I had with this book.
There is so much I could say about this book, but I think it’s best that you just dive into it without knowing too much about it (like I did). This book is one of the most realistic young adult books I have ever read, and I would recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Eric Lindstrom’s future books!
Side note: does anyone else think of donuts when you look at this cover? It is literally all I can think of when I look at it. Specifically Homer Simpson and donuts.
Overall rating: 4/5
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback, 408 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Harper Collins Australia
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**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book.
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