Book Review: Don’t Look Back by @JLArmentrout @HyperionTeens

Title: Don’t Look Back

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: No

Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: 4/15/2014


Book Summary:

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 realizes 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?


Imagine waking up and not knowing who you are or where you are. You’re on a deserted road with ripped clothes, no shoes, and you’re filthy. This is how Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout starts out. The main character, who is named Samantha, wakes up on a deserted road not knowing who she is. Later in the book she finds out the she and her best friend went missing four days earlier and she has no idea where her best friend is. Meanwhile she is trying to find out who her old self was. Lo and behold, Samantha was a mean girl who made a lot of enemies at school. The entire novel is based around the mystery of what happened to Sam and how she is changing her life.

This book was creepy but oddly satisfying. I know that sounds really weird but it was a good book. This book takes your classic mean girl and she turns her life around. Being in high school, that sounds nearly impossible but it actually works in this book. I also really liked it because the main character’s name is Samantha and I seem to really like that name.

In all actuality the book is really good. It’s written well and has a good story that you can follow. It’s not one of my top ten but I liked it. There were twists and turns and I couldn’t guess the ending at all. The book freaked me out in a good way and I enjoyed it a lot!

Rating: 3.5 stars- Good Book
Content: Language- F bomb, and minor language, Sex, Murder by blunt force, trauma, Playing with guns, alcoholism, underage drinking.
Source: Review Copy
Where Can I Get This?: Amazon * Barnes & Noble



  1. Great review! I’m glad you liked this one, even though it was a bit creepy 🙂