Not If I See You First follows Parker Grant as she works through her grief in losing her father, and the close friendship she ended coming back to focus. Her independence, which she values, is taking a hit. How is she going to run any more?
Parker also happens to be blind, and Lindstrom does a great job of talking about the politics and realities of being disabled – how people change their reactions to you, how you get wrapped in cotton wool, how much more scared people are to let you try and fail.
Parker herself is staggeringly blunt, straight talking, but also torn up inside, fragile. I really liked her and her attitude to life, which does soften over the book.
A great read focussing on disability (and seeing past them). This book was simultaneously released as a Braille book and audiobook, something that should always happen across the board.
Interested? Get it here.
What to read next:
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
- The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
- Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Thanks to Harper Collins UK for sending a proof copy to the shop for me to review. I’m really gutted that my copy has actually disappeared somewhere between house moves, but I loved this book so much that I’m going to rebuy it.