Love and F1rst Sight

Love and F1rst Sight

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"Love is more than meets the eye. 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 new classmate to tears. High school can only get better from there, right? As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecendented 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 realizes that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn't meet traditional definitions of beauty--in fact, everything he's heard about her appearance was a lie 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?"--
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316305358
Branch Call Number: Sundquist, J
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 11, 2018

Will was navigating his first day of high school and trying to act as normal as someone blind could. After all, he just made a girl cry before even 10 minutes of meeting her. After he learns that the girl that cried was named Cecily and was very charming, they started to go on adventures together. Will wants more and more to be able to see the girl he’s fallen for and after an experimental surgery, he is finally able to see, which was a bigger challenge than he originally thought. But the biggest implication was with his relationship with Cecily after he found out he was tricked into thinking her face was “normal”. And so, he goes on to discover what true beauty actually is, and if Cecily falls into that category. I really loved this book not only because of the great romantic chemistry between the two main characters but how diverse they are. The concept of someone with a facial deformation and someone blind who regains sight is so unique that I couldn’t help but love it. Character development was evident throughout the whole novel and the author did a really great job with the plot. Rating:5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

ArapahoeKati Feb 05, 2018

A funny but heartfelt story about perceptions of the world through the eyes of a teenage boy who's blind (and who's falling in love!).

katbee Jun 16, 2017

It's been a long time since I found a YA book that I loved so much. I lost much sleep reading it. Josh Sundquist's first novel is hilarious and well written, just as his memoir was. It is a sweet high school story and I loved learning about the experience of not having sight. I can't wait to see what he writes next.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 27, 2017

What a cute RomCom! Not only is this book ability diverse, but the characters are all completely lovable. I will note that during the "problem" part of the book, it seems a little far-fetched, but if you really think about where Will is coming from with the theme of betrayal, it starts to fall together. The conflict seemed a little forced, but because Will was the great guy the entire time and never falters, I can look past this minuscule detail. This book is all about being okay with who you are and loving others regardless of how they look. A great message that needs to be told as often as possible.

Jan 19, 2017

This was a cute book. It was a simple love story which is really all I expected from it and all I needed it to be. I found the perspective of the main character very interesting as he is blind and then eventually is given the opportunity to see. The language and the perspective of the whole novel was fascinating. Other than that, it was a typical YA love story. Not much else to it.

samcmar Nov 29, 2016

Note: I had a chance to read this book early through an advance reader's copy.

I loved Josh Sundquist's non-fiction novel We Should Hang Out Sometime. It made me laugh, it educated me about disability, and I loved how open the author was about his life. This is Josh Sundquist's debut YA novel, which focuses on Will, a boy who is blind and is going to a public school for the first time in his life. His parents are afraid of him being a part of the public school system considering he was transferring from a special school for the blind. He then falls for a girl he cannot actually see and decides to undergo a radical surgery that could potentially give him back his eye sight.

This book is so wonderful, so funny, and so heart-warming. Josh Sundquist has this crazy ability to be so inviting when he shares a story, and Will is just such a sweet protagonist who has such amazing intentions. He cannot see, but it doesn't mean he doesn't have aspirations, as he wants to be a journalist, a job that really is focused on sight. I felt invested in his story, his friendships, his family, and that's the markings of a great main character. You can also feel the amount of research that Sundquist did to bring such an authentic story. I also love love loved Cecily, who is the love interest, and I ADORED the way Will and Cecily's relationship develops given her own personal problems. They are such a sweet couple, and I actually love how long it took to get to that in the novel.

This is a book that can easily be read in a day. It is a sweet contemporary novel that offers a really unique perspective written by someone who understands disability lit. This book isn't mind-blowing, but it just so funny and genuine and sometimes those are the kinds of books you need to make you smile. Even the research in regards to Will's surgery was so well implemented, and I wanted to know more about it. I think readers will completely fall in love with Will when this book releases in January. Then while you are at it, read the Author's Note, because it is so fascinating.


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