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Book Review: Love and First Sight

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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 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 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 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?

Sighted people are always doing this: Imagining they are translating vision into words for me, but they’re really just describing one image by comparing it to another image, neither of which I have a point of reference for.

Love and First Sight is about a blind teenager, who seizes the opportunity to get a surgery that would help him get his eyesight and see the world with his own eyes. But when he sees the girl he likes, he feels betrayed because she does not look as beautiful as everyone said she was.

This book’s blurb was fascinating. What happens when a guy gets eyesight for the first time? I was so into it. And yes, the book was good too! I read it because it was short and fascinating and YA. But I learned quite a few things from it and had to look up certain others that I found interesting.

The writing was really simple, and I can say that the author had researched the subject well enough. The book is written in the first person POV of Will, the teenager who is blind. There’s nothing better than the first person POV in stories like this. And I found the protagonist cool but kinda cocky. However, I wanted to know more about the side characters, which I didn’t. I can’t really complain much because the book was super short, and that’s what I needed when I read it. Also, the book kinda turned meh after the first few chapters. But it didn’t bore me to death. It was occasionally funny, and by the time it ended, I had started enjoying it again.

But, it was overall a nice experience and I appreciate the author for writing this book. It was fascinating and a good-enough read. I really wish I had enjoyed it more. But it was alright. A good-enough read.

So, have you guys read this book? What did you think about it? If not, do you want to read it?

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