- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316305359
- ISBN-13: 978-0316305358
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love and First Sight Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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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
"Unique...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...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. He explores the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of Will's change in a thoughtful and evocative manner, 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
"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir..."―SLJ
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To start off Love and First Sight is about a 16 year old boy named Will. Will is blind, and has gone to school for the blind all his life. He has decided that he wants to be more independent and start at a mainstream public school. So thus, his adventures begin. His first day is a little rough but he makes good friends and really loves his life at school. He even meets a girl named Cecily.
Then, an experimental surgery is offered that could give Will his eye sight, a chance to be able to finally see for the first time. As he goes through with his decision to have the surgery he realizes that seeing is not as easy as he thought, and the things he sees are not what he thought they would look like. And Cecily does not look how everyone described her to be. Suddenly Will is feeling betrayed and having a hard time coming to terms with everything happening.
The description alone in this book is enough to fall in love with it. Starting off with Will as a blind main character we have the perspective of his side. And it is intricate, beautiful and so amazingly written. To be able to read a story with the main character as blind really makes a person think, and it was so very well written. Honestly this book changed the way I viewed reading now, even how I viewed life and my ability to be able to see. I felt myself stopping in my reading several times and pondering over Will’s difficulties and interactions with people thought the whole story.
As the story goes on, Will obviously has the surgery (this is not a spoiler it is literally in the description of the book) and gains the ability to see. But it was not as he thought it would be, being blind his whole life he has to LEARN to see. This was truly the selling point for me in the book. I had never even stopped to think how difficult that might be, having to learn things that for so many of us we have known since the time we were like 2 years old. The author did such a wonderful job on these sections of the book. The descriptions of Will having to figure out what everything is, having to adjust to what he is seeing etc is AMAZING. This is something that I had never thought of, even considered ever in my life. It was confusing to say the least, reading about something I had never known. And truly, truly amazing.
I adored the writing style as well, along with the description in this novel I felt a strong connection with the characters as well. As someone who has had bullying in life, and also having been on an academic quiz team (we called it academic decathlon at my school) I was instantly in love. I appreciated how the author included the “misfits” the “nerdy” kids because that is who I can most connect with. I love board games, I love geeky things and it was comforting reading a book where there was some other hobbies besides reading, or writing. It was really good to have a book that branched out not only in including characters with disabilities but characters with unique hobbies and interests.
I applaud the author several times over, he has created a masterpiece that I think should be required literature in schools. I feel as though this is a book that is good for people to read. It helped me gain a little perspective, and helped me to think of things I never had before. It really opened my mind, I have nothing but positives about this book and I have not said that about a book (truly said that) since Harry Potter. Everyone needs this book in their life. I am so glad I got to read this book and I am so excited that we picked this for our book of the month for the Contemporary Corner Book Club.
I rated this book a 5/5 on Goodreads, I don’t like to just give the highest rating to a book usually but this book really deserves it. Josh Sundquist PLEASE write more novels, this one was amazing; it truly blew me away.
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