My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Love, Contemporary, Blindness, Art
On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?
As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty–in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?
Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we related to each other and the world around us.
I’ll have to admit that I did not think I would end up enjoying LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT so much.
It’s not like it’s ‘‘mind-blowingly’’ written and I’m normally a little wary of books written by YouTube sensations, however famous the latter are.
But it was evident to me that Josh Sundquist wrote this book with much care, did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment and carefully outlined the story.
You know how sometimes you read a book and you have trouble figuring out what is happening – you feel as if the action and even the writing are all over the place? Well, it’s the contrary in this case. I felt like every sentence had a reason to be part of the story.
I got extremely attached to Will, the very relatable main character with a visual impairment. This is probably because the majority of authors are women, but I never once read a book about a boy being blind, just girls. So it was great to have a guy’s opinion and thoughts on the matter of living without seeing.
And then being able to see for the first time. Let me tell you that his reaction to the world as we know it – with colors and shapes – is worth remembering. In fact, this book helped me learn a lot about visual impairment and how blind people perceive the world. It really was interesting.
It’s a moving story with dramatic scenes, but don’t worry, there is also humour to lighten the atmosphere and inspiring scenes that make this book unforgettable. It’s a fantastic character-driven story to which I sure hope you’ll give a chance.
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