Published by Little, Brown and Company on 2017-01-03
Audience: young adult
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FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 is the first I’ve read by author Josh Sundquist. I read it in less than a day because I just couldn’t put it down. It is a gripping story with fabulous characters and an even ore fabulous story.
So much of YA fiction focuses on girls so I was happy to read this novel, one that focuses on a guy. Will is not your average teenage guy, either. He is blind and has spent most of his life sheltered from the visual world. He has always gone to a school for the blind, and much to his mother’s distress, he has chosen to spread his wings and prove to her that he can thrive in the rest of the world, too.
The descriptions of the world as Will “sees” it are vivid and they only become more vivid after Will undergoes surgery. The author really captures his journey and all of the emotionally charged aspects of it. The emotional side of it all is something I never would have considered before reading Will’s story and it really was eye-opening.
The story is a wonderful blend of humor, stark reality, and adult choices. It is as much a story of friendship as it is one of growth and coming of age. It is also a story that makes you think. Being in Will’s head makes you, as a person with sight, see the world in a different way. It made me reconsider friendship and honesty and how differently even non-vision-related issues can be experienced by someone without sight. And as Will goes through the experience of having to make a potentially life-altering decision, it made me think about all the implications of that kind of choice. Choices that seem like easy ones on the surface, but really aren’t. I enjoy a book that forces me to take another look at life and see it from an entirely different perspective.
This is a great read that will make you think. The story is incredibly engaging and it is one that I won’t forget for a long time. This is a book I highly recommend!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
- 2017 Ebook Reading Challenge
- 2017 New Release Challenge
- 2017 New to Me Challenge
- 2017 Pages Read Challenge
- 2017 YA Reading Challenge
- 2017 You Read How Many Books? Challenge