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Love and First Sight

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"Sixteen-year-old blind teen Will Porter undergoes an experimental surgery that enables him to see for the first time, all while navigating a new school, new friends, and a crush"--

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I am super impressed with this book, and TBH I wish I had read it sooner! I love the honest perspective we get from Will...a realistic view of what it is like for someone born blind. I had never thought in depth about what it might be like for someone like Will when being described something he had nothing to refer to in order to decipher or picture what's being described. I really loved this book...it was funny and completely relatable in a sense that even if you couldn't relate to Will's blindness, you could relate to the way he feels about others, himself and his future. #punkrocklibrarian #overdrive #audiobook #syncYA

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"Sixteen-year-old blind teen Will Porter undergoes an experimental surgery that enables him to see for the first time, all while navigating a new school, new friends, and a crush"--
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 relate to each other and the world around us.

Specifications

Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
Josh Sundquist
ISBN-13
9780316305358
Publication Date
January, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.75 x 6.00 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0316305359

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I am super impressed w...

I am super impressed with this book, and TBH I wish I had read it sooner! I love the honest perspective we get from Will...a realistic view of what it is like for someone born blind. I had never thought in depth about what it might be like for someone like Will when being described something he had nothing to refer to in order to decipher or picture what's being described. I really loved this book...it was funny and completely relatable in a sense that even if you couldn't relate to Will's blindness, you could relate to the way he feels about others, himself and his future. #punkrocklibrarian #overdrive #audiobook #syncYA

This book was fantasti...

This book was fantastic. I listened to it and had to even keep my headphones on while making dinner (rather than just listening in the car) because I had to know what would happen next. It was about a boy who had been blind since birth and was attending a mainstream high school for the first time as a 16-year-old. I learned so much about what life is like for blind people and many of my stereotypes and assumptions about being blind were squashed. Will, the main character, was hilarious and used a lot of sarcasm as he told his story. Additionally, when I began the book, my 12-year-old son was in the backseat. Somehow the book got his attention (he was playing video games), and he wouldn't let me move forward without him. Long story short, I downloaded the Overdrive app to his phone, got him the book, and he listened to it over the next two days in place of his video game time. I think this book has created an audio book lover out of him. Now I need to find more appropriate books told by teenage boys. FYI, there was nothing in this book that made me uncomfortable as a mother of a tween.

Will wants to mainstre...

Will wants to mainstream and independent in the sighted world so he can pursue his dream of a career in journalism. I found this fascinating to think about blindness and the experience of navigating the world as a blind person. Will is funny, honest. He meets a girl and they develop a fast friendship. It is clear that she has her own demons that maybe about her appearance, but he doesn't pick up on that. When an experimental surgery can perhaps give him sight, his world might open and change at the same time.

I first discovered Jos...

I first discovered Josh Sundquist by reading his memoir, and giggling the entire way through it. I'm not generally a non-fiction reader, but I devoured that book. That meant that when I found out that Sundquist had written a YA book, I knew I had to read it. I couldn't wait to see how his wit and honesty translated to a fiction novel. First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. It's very obvious from the first few pages of this story that Sundquist did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment, and worked hard to make sure that he was accurately portraying Will's day to day routine. Pair that with a lovingly crafted character, complete with Sundquist's signature wit, and you have a story that is a joy to read. I fell in love with Will, and the rest was history. When the experimental surgery came into the picture, I found myself riveted. Everything was described in intricate detail, but it never felt overbearing. Instead, I found myself in the same situation as Will. Wondering if the surgery would be worth it, cheering him on when he was doing well, and lamenting with him when things weren't going well. His parents were so wonderfully supportive, if a little over involved at times, and there was this whole aura of growth and love to this book. It was a happy place to be. Even if the friendship turned romance hadn't been a main portion of this book, I would have still loved it. Still, I couldn't help but fall for the slow growth of Cecily and Will's relationship. Cecily's acceptance of Will, her ability to open things up for him with wonderful analogies, tugged at my heart strings. I knew that fight was imminent, and of course I was right. What is YA without teenage tension? Still, it all felt so perfect. Not a single sentence of this book felt out of place. It all worked to build up Will, and show how amazing a person he was. I'd highly recommend this for your reading list! If it's not there already, it's well worth a second look.

I dont know if I choo...

I don't know if I choose books by females or if there seems to be more books for tweens written by women. I was happy to see a book by a male author. The narrator did a great job, for I listened to the audiobook from Audiobook Sync. I really enjoyed this novel and recommend it. Will's first week of high school is memorable. He uses the girl's restroom; he sits on a guy; and, he makes a girl cry and run from the classroom. Poor guy! Will has only attended schools for the blind, but he knows that he needs to live in the real world and know how to navigate his way in a sighted world. They guy he sits on has a great sense of humor, so Will now has his lunch table and a group of friends. They are all part of the Academic Quiz Team. Will wants to be a writer, so he is in journalism. He likes the journalism/English teacher because she doesn't give him any slack and is honest with him. In this class, he volunteers to go to the art showing at a museum with Cecily when no one else volunteers. He'll write the article; she'll take the photographs. At the museum, Cecily discovers how much sight colors our world. Will is allowed to touch the paintings. He tells Cecily that he feels a triangle. She re-looks at the picture and agrees there is a triangle. When she explains the painting is of a road going into the distance, Will cannot understand how a road, which has parallel lines, can be a triangle. For someone who has never seen anything, Will cannot understand perspective. Cecily is able to explain art to Will. This is when they become friends. Cecily has her own problems; she's been bullied her entire life. Throughout the novel, you'll wonder why. Is it what she looks like? Is it something else? What's emphasized is that Will's blindness allows him to just meet people and know them without being influenced by society's perceptions of looks. I enjoyed this mild love story; it's hard not to like Cecily. She's a good person. Sometimes Will annoyed me because he presented himself as victim when he couldn't get beyond himself. When there is a possibility that a miracle surgery can bring eyesight to him, Will jumps at the chance. The best part of the novel is how it deals with the concept of perspective. We judge and see life through our own perspective. What if sight were removed? Would we be kinder and accept more people? Would we take advantage of each other because no one can see? What does sight add? I learned a great deal about blindness and how much sight is part of our world, our choices, and our personality.

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