Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Blindness, Friendship, Romance


Over ten Goodreads friends recommended this book to me after seeing me read so many contemporaries, so I really had no choice but to give it a try. And I’m more than happy I did because this was a surprising delight.

It is realistic from start to finish and a very approachable read. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people were able to read it in one sitting; there is no info-dumping or any lengthy, unnecessary descriptions that make you question the right use of language.

Parker is blind. But that doesn’t mean she’s stupid. Don’t talk to her as though she’s a child. Don’t underestimate her learning abilities. Don’t assume she does nothing but stand still and listen. She is not just an actor in her own life: she’s the director, too.

I loved Parker. She has issues, definitely, one of them being burying her grief over her father who died three months ago instead of dealing with it. She also doesn’t know what to do about her ex-boyfriend coming to her school after the OUTRAGEOUS things he’s done to her. But all of these things that make her imperfect make her very relatable to us.

This is a teachable story. It teaches you what real friendship and love should be like, not just look like. It teaches you to trust your instincts and give the people that care about you the benefit of the doubt. It teaches you to go after your dreams, whatever they are and whatever your condition—after all, blindness did not keep Parker away from running to her heart’s content.


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3 thoughts on “Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom

  1. The young adult books “You’re Welcome, Universe’ and ‘The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin’ helped me understand people who are deaf and the issues they run into a little better so maybe this book would do the same for me, except with a blind main character instead of a deaf one. I’m curious if this novel is in first person because I bet it would be pretty hard to write a narrative from the POV of a character who can’t perceive anything visually. Great review, you’ve gotten me interested in reading this one! 🙂


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