- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316102539
- ISBN-13: 978-0316102537
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—After a painful breakup, Shana Wilde has issued a "Boy Moratorium" when it comes to dating and relationships, despite her own flirtatious personality. In search of the perfect photograph to bolster her portfolio for college, Shana meets Quattro, and his wit and sweetness make her question her new mantra. Life throws another curveball Shana's way when her father announces he is going blind. With her father's sight lessening every day, Shana and her parents fly to Peru to pursue a lifelong dream of visiting Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, with her father angry at what fate has thrown at him and her mother trying to reassure her dad, Shana feels isolated and alone. When Quattro steps back into her life, she must decide if she is ready to embrace a new chance at happiness. Chen tackles romance and family adeptly in this realistic fiction story. The protagonist's character development is entwined with how she handles the challenges in front of her. In the beginning, the teen tends to be a bit too whiny; however, the change in environment smooths the path for growth for Shana and Quattro, and the rough terrain of the Inca Trail adds flair and danger. The story is high on heartbreak, but leaves the future open to hope, particularly for the narrator. A book that will appeal to readers who enjoy a side of adventure with their heartache.—Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN
"A Blind Spot for Boys uses sarcasm and humor to address the age-old conflict of love and trust. Told from Shana's perspective, readers gain insight into the fears and insecurities that plague adolescents after traumatic break-ups."―VOYA
"Chen, author of the smart and serious North of Beautiful, finds similar ground here: an emotional and beautiful story, with hints of budding romance mixed in with the touching realism."―Booklist
"Chen created the kind of vivid characters and strong emotion that featured so prominently in North of Beautiful, along with unexpected moments of action and danger, and descriptions that make the Andean setting come to life."―Publishers Weekly
"A book that will appeal to readers who enjoy a side of adventure with their heartache."―School Library Journal
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I knew from reading the blurb A Blind Spot For Boys was going to be interesting. I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy reading it and love the story and characters. I expected more sadness from Shana's father losing his eye sight than lessons that uplift instead. Justina Chen did a great job at writing a story that was layered with emotional depth. Her characters were also great to get to know. I love how she showed how hard it was for Shana's dad to reconcile he was going to be losing his eyesight and still be the person he was. I love how she showed how what we think we know about people isn't always the entire truth. And I love that it was on a journey that everyone on that trip learned something about life, themselves, and each other.
Besides feeling like I was trekking alongside everyone to Machu Picchu, I loved seeing Shana and Quattro find their way to each other. It hurt to find out why Shana was having throwaway relationships, but once I did I was glad to see she realized she was better off and her love story hadn't been one. Quatto's reason for travelling to Machu Picchu brought tears to my eyes. I cried. It hurt to read how much pain he was in and why. When the truth came out all I wanted to do was give him a huge hug. I didn't want this book to end or to let the characters go. I'm hoping Justina will write them into another book somewhere in the future or give them an entire book again. This book was really hard to put down. I think you'll be as pleasantly surprised by it as I was. I can't wait to see what Justina has written and look forward to reading more from her now that I know about her.