- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481416936
- ISBN-13: 978-1481416931
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 10 Up-Sixteen-year-old Hailey Bosler has what her ophthalmologist calls "old-people eyes" (macular degeneration and glaucoma), two moms, and a position as the lead singer of a girl band. She also has a fear list, a compilation of things that she wants to conquer before she goes completely blind. After her band is interviewed at a local radio station, she bumps into the station's sound engineer, Kyle. They engage in a mumbling conversation that ends with Kyle shuffling off and Hailey intrigued. The two run into each other a second time at a concert in a bar, where she ends the night puking on his shoes. As an apology, she buys him a new pair and convinces him to start his own fear list, and thus their story begins. Partnering up for this emotionally charged novel, Desir and Perry create a duo readers will identify with and cheer for. As the teens set out to conquer their fears, the sexual tension quickly builds, with both refusing to accept the depth of their mutual attraction. Hailey is confident, stubborn, and funny and isn't afraid to show her sassy side. Meanwhile, Kyle is shy and awkward. The authors combine perfect pacing with spot-on character development that will leave readers empathizing with the characters from the very beginning. The plot takes several unexpected turns; it hits hard, exploring issues such as depression, loss of virginity, and homosexuality. VERDICT For fans of Sophie Kinsella's Finding Audrey (Delacorte) and Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places (Knopf, both 2015).-Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Sixteen-year-old Hailey Bosler has what her ophthalmologist calls“old-people eyes” (macular degeneration and glaucoma), two moms, and a position as the lead singer of a girl band. She also has a fear list, a compilation of things that she wants to conquer before she goes completely blind. After her band is interviewed at a local radio station, she bumps into the station’s sound engineer, Kyle. They engage in a mumbling conversation that ends with Kyle shuffling off and Hailey intrigued. The two run into each other a second time at a concert in a bar, where she ends the night puking on his shoes. As an apology, she buys him a new pair and convinces him to start his own fear list, and thus their story begins. Partnering up for this emotionally charged novel, Desir and Perry create a duo readers will identify with and cheer for. As the teens set out to conquer their fears, the sexual tension quickly builds, with both refusing to accept the depth of their mutual attraction. Hailey is confident, stubborn, and funny and isn’t afraid to show her sassy side. Meanwhile, Kyle is shy and awkward. The authors combine perfect pacing with spot-on character development that will leave readers empathizing with the characters from the very beginning. The plot takes several unexpected turns; it hits hard, exploring issues such as depression, loss of virginity, and homosexuality. VERDICT For fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey (Delacorte) and Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (Knopf, both 2015). (School Library Journal March 2016)
Knowing she won’t have her vision forever, legally blind teenager Hailey makes a list of her fears—the things she wants to conquer while she can still see. While confronting one of these fears, being on a radio show, she meets Kyle. He’s the mumbling, socially awkward counterpart to the uninhibited, sometimes brash Hailey. In chapters alternating between their POVs, both step outside their comfort zones, taking chances, fumbling in lust, and becoming friends in the process. But will they ever take the ultimate risk, letting their friendship turn into something more? Though the lists don’t frame the plot as directly as in other list-based novels, there is still much to appreciate here, such as frank, realistic dialogue and on-scene parents. As the adopted daughter of lesbian moms, Hailey doesn’t have conflicted feelings about her adoption, something less frequently found in fiction but reflective of the realities of many adopted teens. Readers will root for Kyle and Hailey to come together and admire their personal growth along the way. — Jennifer Barnes (Booklist March 15, 2016)
"Like Desir’s other books, [Love Blind] is forthright in its portrayal of older teens’ emotional and sexual lives. Readers who enjoyed [Desir's] earlier books will devour this latest offering, and those who love Ellen Hopkins will want to know Desir if they do not already." (VOYA)
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This book takes a couple of kids who have some things going on before they meet. One is intrigued and determined to befriend the other. Yes one is a boy and one is a girl but there was substance to them before their story began. It captured all of the awkwardness of being a teenager and all the things that can make you feel different and scared. It looked at family dynamics and how they impact who you are at school. There were some really tragic things that occurred but the story was more about missed opportunities. You know all those moments that you look back on and realize "if only I'd", it could have changed everything.
I loved the main characters in the story. A couple of the side characters seemed a bit irrelevant but don't all of us have those people from our teen years that seem so important until they're not.
No instalove, no way to fix everything, just teens trying to deal with difficult circumstances and growing up.
I liked both books I read by Christa Desir (LOVED Other Broken Things) and Jolene Perry last year
Blind main character which I enjoyed in Not If I See You First so eager to read about another
That cover is simplistic perfection to me
OK so I was pretty pumped to pick this one up. However, for the first 40ish% I was kind of underwhelmed. I wasn’t connecting as much to either main character – Hailey or Kyle. Hailey was very blunt and a little reckless. She kind of blurted stuff out and would do things she knew she shouldn’t have to make sure she got in the experience before she went blind. Kyle was shy and didn’t talk much but had lots of thoughts running through his head he couldn’t get out. A lot of those thoughts at the beginning were super sexual in nature. Totally normal for a teenage dude but I didn’t need to read about all of them if you know what I mean.
The two kind of happen upon a friendship at school through the school’s music station – Kyle works there and Hailey is in a band. Hailey has a Fear List which is all the fears she wants to conquer. She enlists Kyle to make his own and wants them both to conquer their fears together.
This is a classic case of boy likes girl. The girl slowly realizes she likes boy. Neither boy nor girl will ever tell the other. Lots of other things get in the way of boy and girl getting together.
Sometimes the above scenario can bother me a lot. I wind being like tell her/him already!! This one bothered me so much less because there were so many other things they were both dealing with that I got how they could kind of push it aside or focus on something else. I did love that this was a slow build up. Their friendship starts at the beginning of Kyle’s junior year and goes through his second year in college. So we have some time with both of them. Because of this, there is so much character growth with both of them. I LOVE character growth so much. They both are still themselves, still flawed but better.
Secondary characters were awesome here. We have Hailey’s moms. Strong and supportive of their daughter while trying to get her ready to deal with her eventual blindness. They were pretty awesome. But for every set of great parents you have to have the messed up one right? At least in a YA novel. So that is Kyle’s mom. She is all sorts of screwed up and Kyle bears the brunt of it. The best character was Kyle’s best friend Pavel. I LOVED him. He was a good friend and just a positive person. There needed to be more Pavel in the book. Total comedic relief as well.
Somehow I started off eh on this one but by the end I was really invested in Kyle and Hailey. I am not sure if I was just having a moment but I kind of got emotional at the ending. Something just real about it. I wound up enjoying this, it just took me a little while to get to that point.
Hailey is going blind so she creates a fear list of things to complete before she loses her sight completely. When she meets Kyle, timid and practically mute, she challenges him to create his own fear list.
Love Blind is very character driven. Unfortunately, I didn't like the main characters. Hailey is flippant and brash, almost meeting all the criteria for the stereotypical girl who is a lead singer in an all-girl rock band. But she uses this persona to hide her vulnerabilities and fears about going completely blind. Kyle is almost the opposite, wearing his terror of the world for all to see. When they meet, Hailey barges her way into Kyle's life. She likes him because he has more issues than she does so that makes her look less crazy. And she tells him this. Repeatedly. Hence why I didn't like Hailey. There is snarky and upfront and then there is just rude and insensitive. Hailey is the latter.
I liked Kyle more (marginally). He is troubled, but has a great character voice. He has so many words floating around in his head it is hard to get any out when with people, to which I can totally relate. He is facing some tough issues, from regular beatings at school, a broken relationship with his mother and having suffered a serious trauma in his first year of high school. He reads like a sensitive teenage guy, but he does have a tendency to think about sex a lot. Probably realistic, but I could have done without the constant references to his state of arousal.
Love Blind covers a lot of time, from Kyle's junior year of high school to his first year of college, which allowed both Kyle and Hailey time to mature. As they work through their fear lists, relationships with others and avoiding their feelings for each other, they learn to reflect on who they are and what sort of people they would like to be. Love Blind is certainly a mature young adult novel, due to sexual content and strong language.
I wanted to like this story. It had a great premise, but my dislike for Hailey and the constant this-is-going-nowhere of their love story combined in a book to which I just couldn't connect.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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