MP!er Danni thinks it is great how ‘Not If I See You First’ lets you put yourself in the place of someone who is blind.

Eric LindstNot If I See You Firstrom’s ‘Not If I See You First’ follows Parker Grant as she struggles to cope with her father’s recent death, her school merging with another, and the sudden reappearance in her life of her ex-boyfriend. All of this also has to take into account that Parker is blind and has to, not only deal with some of the difficulties that presents, but also the ways people can treat her as a blind person. We loved this book a thousand different ways, but don’t just take our word for it. Read below to find out what MP!er Danni thought about it.

Name: Danni

So, as the book starts you’re introduced to Parker Grant, our main character, who is blind. Have you ever read a book before where the main character is blind or, more widely, has a disability? The only book that I have read where the main character has a disability is when they suffer from a mental illness. Some people don’t class this illness as a disability, but for the main characters of those books, it is a disability to them. Another book which I could include is ‘Everything, Everything’ where the main character believes that she is allergic to everything for the most part of the novel.

Parker has a list of rules that the people around her need to follow, although she reconsiders them as she goes along. What did you think of these? I think the list that Parker has is very reasonable. I also believe that some of these rules should be applied to not just blind people, but to everyone but in different circumstances.

Was there anything about Parker’s life you found particularly surprising? The fact that she wore a blindfold. I found this weird at first as it was like she was trying to advertise that she was blind for attention, but as I read more, she was only trying to use it as her personal statement as not everyone can go around wearing a different blindfold everyday.

If you had to recommend this book to a friend, what would be the best thing you’d tell them? e.g. writing, humour, characterisation, plot etc. A reason why I would recommend this book is how you can really put yourself in the place of someone who is blind, and how they struggle with things sighted people take for granted without realising.

Did you have a favourite character? Tell us why! Scott, he was definitely my character as he was so sorry for everything he did. He never gave up on Parker but didn’t push for an acceptance of apology! He is always in the background of the story, and is always the first to help Parker, but without her knowing who truly was the first to come to her rescue due to her blindness.

Can you remember your favourite line or scene?
“‘Not if I see you first’, said by Parker.” –  I love this quote which is repeated throughout the book. It’s a line which puts a smile on the character’s face as well as the reader’s. It’s just lovely to see how Parker can say something so unrealistic but in such a realistic situation.

Rate out of 10. 8.5

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