Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Disney Hyperion | E-ARC via Net Galley
Publication Date: April 14th, 2014
Young Adult, Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

If you’ve ever read a book where the character woke up not remembering a single thing about them, then you’d pretty much know the gist, actually, the bulk of this story.

Quick Story:

Sam disappeared for four days only to stagger back into town without a single memory of what happened. She also came back a changed person – not even a shadow of who she was. The queen bee of the school lost the chip on her shoulders and was quite disgusted by the personality of her old self. The company that she kept was also the type of clique that rules the campus. In other words, they’re the type of people that I despised in teen novels. Ugh.

My Thoughts:

The mystery of her disappearance and memory loss is the major component of the plot. Jennifer didn’t really do a very good job of hiding the culprit’s identity. It used to irked me when people would claim to know who did it by the first few chapters and now, I can definitely relate.

This book was also chockfull of clichΓ©s. I think someone else has mentioned this on their review. At this point, I’m waiting for JLA to come up with something of her own, original, if I may. She’s done a lot of taking bits and pieces of story lines from other people’s works. I’ll tell you this though, she’s probably well read. As in, she’s read a lot of YAs.

So why give this book four stars? Well, it’s simple really. I have been disillusioned with her recent works. I know she’s a popular author with a huge following to boot. But to be honest, I’m not sold. Even though this book was, yet again, a copy cat of every other books that have the same trope, the truth is, I enjoyed it.

However, I’m still waiting for the day when she can come up with plot lines of her own.

  • I am with you 100% on this review. I'm not sure if you've read my review yet, but we've pretty much said the same thing. Oh well. I still love JLA, just not this book.

  • Hmmm, it's to bad that you didn't find this one original. To tell you the truth, I think I had the same thought and that's why I skipped it. The synopsis read like something I've seen before. In saying that, I am curious about it, considering, in the end you enjoyed it.

  • Amazing review! I got this recently from the Publishers with the UK cover, and I'm dying to finish it. I'm actually really loving it, because I don't usually read this sort of YA read, but it surprised me!
    Have a great day πŸ™‚
    -Becca

  • I was really looking forward to this one, but hearing that it's cliched.. not so much now. I hate it when books are predictable, especially mystery ones like this. I'm sure I'll enjoy it like you did, because it's JLA, but I'm not as excited now.
    Thanks for the honest review and the heads up!

  • Is it weird that I am actually avoiding her books because she's been so thrust in my face? I don't know what it is, but every time I see someone freaking out over a JLA book I want to roll my eyes. I think my cynicism is kicking in. πŸ™‚ I'm glad to see you could enjoy this, though, despite the cliches. This is definitely the most appealing book of hers to me. Maybe her next book will be the one to seel you! Great review Joy! πŸ™‚

  • Reading your review, I would've given this a 2.5, but sometimes we can be biased with our final rating if overall we enjoyed it. I do understand feeling a bit wary about authors who pluck ideas from different YA books that you've also read. It's like hey, I've read this before!. I've only read her Lux series and loved it.

  • So I have been hesitant about this one myself. I enjoyed Obsidian when it came out and the Lux series in general is okay but I think there is just so much hype that you get worked up and then it's nothing spectacular. I enjoy her writing style and have yet to dislike one of her books but I also have yet to be blown away… I get what you are saying and I am there with you… Wonderful as always!!

    p.s. Miss chatting

  • I totally agree with you Joy. I've read some of her books and they feel like copycats of other YA books. At the same time though, I enjoy reading them. So I get it. Great review!

  • I'm impressed that despite all the things you still enjoyed the book. I haven't read any of her last books, only one a couple of years ago but I should try one day.

  • Aw, lol. It sounds like you didn't enjoy it, but then you say you did, and I'm happy that you did πŸ˜€ I'm not sure if it would be for me.. as I have yet to read any books by her (A) but I own a lot of them. But this cover. So pretty. Anyway. Thank you for being honest <3

  • Good, honest, review. I have never read anything by this author but am interested in reading this one.