Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (310 pages)
Overview: Parker lost her site at the age of seven, at the same time she lost her mom. Then she lost her dad three months ago and her best friend two and a half years ago. All Parker has left is her best friend Sarah and a few friends at school as well as her aunt's family that moved in with her, though they aren't much help. While getting through junior year and deepening her love of running, Parker has to learn to confront the past and see that maybe she hasn't given every situation a fair look. Overall: 5+
Characters: 5 Parker is amazing. Her voice shines through so clearly. She's snarky, honest, and hilarious, and I love her for it. Her friends Molly and Sarah are great too. The minor characters throughout are extremely well developed without bogging down the story. I do have another favorite character, but revealing that would give alway some of the book. But if you're read this one before, I bet you've guessed who.
Plot: 5 It's hard to say too much about the plot, except just how completely impressed I am with it, without spoiling some epic twists and turns. This is a great, inspiring story about how maybe, sometimes, everyone deserves a chance to be looked at again without judgement.
Writing: 5 Eric Lindstrom blew me away with his book from this year, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, but, with Parker's story, I have reached a new level of impressed. I'd never read a book with a blind main character before, but Lindstrom really highlights Parker's other senses which allows him to build a rich and vivid world and give the readers a book that completely defies all expectation.
I absolutely love how he let Parker be just Parker. The writing was barely noticeable because I was too busy hanging off the edge of my seat, laughing, or crying inside for Parker as she experienced her roller coaster.