Book review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review

Why did I waited so long to read this?

Seriously, WHY?! It was SOOOOO good.


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 realises 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 has been sitting on my kindle app for YEARS. I swear, I don’t remember when I bought it, I’m guessing it was on sale and I just one-clicked it. Whenever I was looking through my reading options every time I finished a book, I saw it and I just never gave it a chance. Like, I didn’t feel it was what I wanted to read at the moment.

But recently I thought I should start reading the books I have because seriously, I have so many unread books!!! It’s absurd. So I promised to myself I would start reading those I already have. Which went straight to hell because I already purchased a new book and that’s the one I’m reading. So yeah…

Anyway, a couple of days ago I saw DLB and I just thought “ok, let’s try it out”. Little did I know that it was going to be THIS GREAT! I mean, yes, I know JLA is a great author, I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by her, I just didn’t expect this book and its storyline and I don’t know. It was so, so good.

So, we have this girl who turned up on the side of a road, bruised and bloodied. She didn’t know what she was doing there or even who she was. Like, what? And not only that but after we find out who she is, Sam, we also find out that her best friend is also missing. They both went missing on the same day, but only one turned up on the side of the road. So now we have Sam, trying to get back into her old life, and finds out she was a total bitch. She started realising how bad she was to people, especially those who were supposed to be closer to her. Now she’s trying to get back into her life, but finds it so hard when she can’t be the way she was, when she didn’t even want to be like that anymore. It gets even harder when flashes of her old life, of that night, keep coming, showing her bits and pieces of what happened. She has a second chance at life. She has a second chance to be better, to be who she really is and be with who she really wants. She has the chance to make things right.

This book got my attention the second I opened it. I seriously couldn’t put it down. It was SO GOOD. The mystery itself was perfectly done. Like, JLA managed to give us detailed bits and pieces, but they never were enough for you to figure things out so quickly. They were though, more than enough to keep you reading. The way I saw Sam become someone different, but at the same time, the same she used to be. I believe Sam was always good, only got together with the wrong people. But at the end of the day, I believe Sam’s old life was based on lies and acts. She acted mean, which is not good, but she acted bitchy just to be someone. She dismissed those who truly cared because she didn’t want to be seen like someone weak. But after everything happened, I think Sam realised what the important things in life actually were. People who you could really count on, people on who you could truly trust.

This book was incredibly awesome. It was such an emotional ride. The mystery was on point, like I said, it gave you just enough to keep you going and keep the interest, but never that much to reveal it all. I loved the details and the romance and everything.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something to keep you on your toes and make you swoon while you’re at it.


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