Saturday, June 6, 2020

Book Review: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Book: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Genre: YA 
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a story about a dude who is born blind and when the story opens he has just started at a sighted high school after having gone to a blind school for years. He quickly acclimates and makes friends, connecting in particular with one girl. He especially loves the way she describes things and they find many common interests to bond over. He's pretty sure he's falling in love with her.

Then he gets the opportunity to have an operation that might give him sight. He is warned of all the complications and has to decide what he'll do.

And so, he decides to go through with it. It's quite fascinating to see what a person who has never seen, might go through when suddenly being able to see! (The author's note explains that he did a ton of research on this and I think he did a great job describing what it might be like. I felt pretty disoriented and dizzy!)

So it's not long before he notices there's something a little different about this girl he might be in love with... about how she looks. So as you might guess, it's a great lesson on what makes a person beautiful, and also what we base our relationships on. But it does so in a really great non-preachy way, lots of humor mixed in with lots of deep moments.

I really enjoyed it this one! This is the first novel by this guy who I guess (after looking him up) is a really popular motivational speaker. I'm curious about the memoirs his written about his life now. Anyway, hopefully he'll continue with more fun YA novels!

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