Book Review: Don’t Look At Me

A reverse Beauty and the Beast tale;
because why SHOULDN’T the boy fall in love with the ugly girl?
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J.P. Grider
Don't Look at Me
Genre: New Adult Romance, Suspense, Folklore
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Publication Date: March 29, 2018
A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.
It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.
And expected to get over it and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.
It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.
And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.
Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.

Selected Reviews

“This is one of the best contemporary retellings of a fairy tale that I have read, ever…”
– Carrie Griffin
“…A real emotional read with a touch of drama and suspense. Who is behind the vicious attacks on local women? So not just your run of the mill- boy meets girl love story.”
– Pauline Anne
“…It is so good, I could not put it down…This book drained me emotionally and left me stunned for a few hours after reading it…”
– Trisha

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My Review

If I were to choose a story that marked my love for reading or if I were to mention the title of the story from which I took my first lesson that would be “Beauty and the Beast”. So how can I not like “Don’t Look at Me”? Yes, I had very high expectations and yes, I wanted to experience that lesson in the most beautiful way possible, adapted to our modern times. And I had my expectations met.

The blurb describes perfectly the condition each character is in when they meet. They don’t expect too much from people. They don’t expect to be understood, but they both recognize a scarred soul. What I mostly liked about this book is how the author presented their problems. If Quest has army scars, that marked his soul, that made him angry, Haven has her scares out in the open.  So now the question is: what’s worse: having visible or hidden marks? J. P. Grider does not say that one character is in a worse state than the other, or at least I do not perceive this book like that. They meet, they are scared and don’t trust each other, but soon discover the beauty in one another.

The amount of emotion, the feelings are so well captured. I was right there feeling angry and lost and happy and beautiful with our main characters. The author has an excellent way with words and I am so happy to have been introduced to her work! The action is not boring at all, even if the story is more focused on the characters.

So I do advise you to read it and I hope you’ll like it as much as I did. All my 5 stars and my appreciation for a great story go to “Don’s Look at Me” by J. P. Grider.

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About J.P. Grider

J.P. Grider

J.P. Grider is a New Adult and Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story – whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one.
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