Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When I started reading this book I was unsure of whether I was going to like it or not. I didn’t click with Will right away. But as I continued to read, I began liking it more and more to the point where I didn’t want to put it down. Will’s journey was fascinating and it was easy to see the author had done his research on the matter of Will having eyesight for the first time in his life. I never really thought about what it would be like for someone who has never had eyesight to gain that sense. It’s much more difficult than you might think.
Such an interesting perspective that many people take for granted all around the world. I also really enjoyed Will’s friendships, especially his relationship with Cecily. The way she would explain things to Will while he was still blind was perfect. While it took a little time for me to warm up to this book, I ended up really enjoying it and definitely recommend that you readers out there pick up a copy!