on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, High School, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.
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.
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist was a book that I would have to say grew on me. The dynamic of the book shifts from that of a blind teenager who has gone from interacting primarily with other blind students to making his way in a normal high school and all the issues that come with it (making friends etc.), to a story of seeing for the first time and how that can effect perceptions and relationships. The book ends with a whirlwind adventure of sights, friendship and romance.
The book started off a bit heavy on the stereotypes, both of blind people and high school for me. Once past the beginning, the relationships Will built with his friends and Cecily took over which brought life to the novel and I began to enjoy it more.
I also appreciated how Josh Sundquist displayed significant research into the field of the blind gaining vision (as supported by the Authors Note).
Overall, Love and First Sight was a good, well-paced, and enjoyable read. There are lessons learned about life, appreciation, and friends that this book emphasizes which should not be missed. I happily recommend.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.)