Review: Don’t Look Back

Apr •  24 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Don’t Look BackDon't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Stand Alone
on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books
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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?

This book is soo good, that half-way through, I had to go to the bathroom and held it till the next chapter. I literally ran to do my business, but I absolutely refused to put down this book.

Plot: This is about a girl who wakes up with amnesia. Her best friend is missing and everything that everyone needs to know is hidden inside Samantha’s head. I honestly think this plot is set up so well that there is no one who won’t like it. It not only captures the reader but totally engrosses them!

Mystery: One great aspect about this story is the mystery behind it. Samantha has no idea who she is but she is finding out. I like that they reader got to see who she is but also who she is now. I like that Samantha learned about herself and changed, (not that she had a choice) but she is better. Samantha learns about herself, along with the reader so you don’t ever feel left out or confused.

Love: There is another part of the story I didm’t think would show up since there is a lot of mystery. If anything, this part is the icing in the cake. I like that Samantha went along with her heart and not what everyone tells her.

Ending: I’m not going to say anything,” HOLY CRAPOLA!?!” I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AND IT TOALLY BLEW ME AWAY!!

Take my word for it and go read this book. It is a great mystery that will leave you gasping for air. Don’t Look Back is freaking sweet!!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Apr 24, 2014

    I loved this one too Savy!!!! Stories featuring unreliable narrators and amnesia always work well for me, and I loved the romance. Carson. *sigh* He made me happy:)

  2. I’m reading this now and loving it! Only about 100 pages in but I’m totally right there with you in not wanting to run to the bathroom or eat because I want to keep reading! Now you have me even more exciting about finishing. Can’t wait to see what the ending is like!

  3. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Apr 25, 2014

    I enjoyed this one more than I thought. The set-up was one I’ve seen before, but I agree — I did not predict the ending at all!
    Great review. Glad you can now use the bathroom 😉

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. Candace
    Apr 28, 2014

    Okay, I’m tempted to pick this one up RIGHT NOW! It sounds like it would match my mood perfect!

  5. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Apr 29, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this! Everyone has been freaking out about it and I love JLA!