Dec 6, 2017

Review | Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Title: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary
Publication: January 3, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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 sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. 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?

Thoughts: Honestly, I had no idea what this was about and expected a cute romance from the cover. And it did have a cute romance, but that was not what this book was about. The protagonist, Will, is blind and has decided to mainstream into a school for sighted, which is a daunting task since he's gone to a school for the blind for his school career.

I thought Love and First Sight was short and sweet. I liked Will and his attitude on life, even things were going tough for him. I appreciated how real his relationship with his parents was, and the togetherness they had. I already liked all the friends he made, and how they were all unique, but a great group. The love interest was also a friend first, before anything, and it was great to see their relationship grow.

I really thought this book was great, there wasn't anything I didn't love about it and enjoyed the story thoroughly. I highly recommend it to contemporary lovers, especially if you are looking for something a little different, that doesn't shove the romance in your face.

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