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.
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.
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 clichés. 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.