Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published On: January 3, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Maturity Level: YA -
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 loved the whole idea of this book. You could tell that the author really did his research about visually impaired people because it felt realistic. There was no face touching (which I never knew if people actually did that or not) but the main character was able to make lots of jokes about his situation. He was a guy that had accepted blindness was a part of him instead of being cranky and cynical all the time. It made him an easy character to like.
The group of friends that our main character mad were also pretty cool. I liked their energy and they really helped to make this a light read. It could have been really easy for this book to become sad or depressing but the author did a really great job keeping it light but still realistic.
The story line was a little predictable and it would have been nice to seem something other than the typical road trip to get the girl back trope. The book was doing so well until we got to that point. I mean there was a few other parts that were a little cheesy but I could mostly look over those.
I feel like that author had so much potential with this book but it ended up falling into the void of typical YA contemporary books. I was a little disappointed because this seemed like such a great plot at first.
I’d recommend this for those of you who are actively looking for diverse books. There isn’t often book about people with physical disabilities though there seems to be a lot of characters with mental ones lately. It’s also a quick and cute read so contemporary lovers will enjoy this one I think!
A quick and easy read that will make you feel good about the world when some days it’s got you down.