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Love and First Sight by [Sundquist, Josh]
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Gr 7 Up—Blind since birth, 16-year-old Will Porter has decided that he is ready to mainstream at a new high school rather than continue attending his former school for blind students. After a few minor missteps, which are presented with humor, he adjusts to the new school and makes some interesting friends along the way. The most unique aspect of this inspiring tale is that it is told exclusively from Will's point of view. The author succeeds at providing readers with a sense of the challenges of day-to-day life for someone with a visual disability, especially for a risk-taking teenager who is striving to be independent. A close friendship and budding romance between Will and fellow student Cecily add further layers. When Will considers surgery to restore his sight, the threat that this possibility poses to the teens' relationship will encourage young adults to think about their own biases related to physical attractiveness and body image. Readers will enjoy the humor and romance of the story while gaining a better understanding of life with a visual disability. Sundquist makes it clear that Will is not defined by his disability; he often has better "vision" than those with eyesight. VERDICT A highly recommended and engaging story for most YA collections.—Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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"Sensitively explores disability and its influence on identity...The juxtaposition of blindness with (not) judging by appearances is common, but the author gives depth to the trope by highlighting the betrayal Will feels at the exploitation of his blindness. Thought-provoking and insightful."
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"Unique...Readers will enjoy the humor and romance of the story while gaining a better understanding of life with a visual disability...A highly recommended and engaging story for most YA collections."―SLJ

"Sundquist writes eloquently about what it might be like for someone who was born blind to be given sight...thoughtful and evocative...providing readers with a fresh perspective on how humans interact with each other and the world around them."―Publishers Weekly

"Rich in sensory detail, this novel pulls readers into Will's world. Sundquist deftly shows the difference between the act of seeing and truly seeing. This fresh and funny coming-of-age story presents an opportunity for readers who take certain abilities for granted to take stock of challenges facing peers."―Booklist

"Sundquist does a nice job of getting inside the head of a person who has absolutely no visual frames of reference...without it feeling intrusive or overly clinical. For budding scientists and future doctors, these details offer new thoughts as well as context for understanding the real stories of people gaining eyesight after blindness and then wishing they hadn't; even readers who just came for the romance will find themselves understanding the "tyranny of the visual" in new ways."―BCCB

"In his debut novel, memoirist Josh Sundquist proves he's as adept at making up new stories as he is at recounting his old ones as he explores overcoming adversity, seeing the world through fresh eyes (literally), and keeping a sense of humor in the midst of life's tribulations. An exciting new voice in the world of YA fiction."―Tommy Wallach, New York Times bestselling author of We All Looked Up

"Is love blind? Should it be? With an intricate, intimate fiction debut, Josh Sundquist aims to find out."―Barry Lyga, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for We Should Hang Out Sometime:
An Amazon.ca Best Books of December 2014 for Children and Teens Selection
A YALSA 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee
"You should read this book sometime. I loved it so much!"―Justine Ezarik, New York Times bestselling author of I, Justine: An Analog Memoir

"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir..."―SLJ

Product details

  • File Size: 2029 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316305359
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F1UD4VK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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