Diversity: Blind MC
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.
I received an eArc from Netgally (thank you!!!)
*Note~I am not blind, nor do I know anyone blind, so I can’t speak for the accuracy in this book*
What I Liked
- Technically this was supposed to be Brianna’s book, but in this world, you snooze, you lose. I needed a light hearted book to read and the cover of Love and First Sight screamed cute (same as the title). The summary sounded cute too and kind of sad and Love and First Sight lived up to those expectations. From the beginning there was something that I liked about this book. I think it was mostly the writing. I don’t this it’s the most elegant writing to ever grace the earth but that was okay with me. The writing in this story was simplistic and added to the overall mood of Love and First sight. It was a nice change from the fantasy genre. *Spoiler(?)* when he gets his sight it’s interesting to see how he reacts to colors and shapes and how he appreciates them so much *end spoilers (?)
- Another thing I liked was Will. He’s blind, witty, he messes with people and I just liked him. He was honest, in my opinion and his relationship with Cecily developed nicely. It’s a relationship that isn’t really based on appearence, it’s nice to see that change. (Not that I think all YA is like that~)
What I Didn’t Like
- After about halfway through Love and First Sight, the story kind of fell apart (in my opinion). I felt like the ending was rushed and some things were left unexplained/open-ended. I wish it were a bit longer to not make it so rushed.
- Love and First Sight was a cute and kind of sad story that was mostly good. However, it seemed to fall apart in the end, I wished it were a bit longer.