Love and First Sight
author : josh sundquist
pages :[hardcover] 281
favorite character : will
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?
This book was extremely cute, and I loved every minute of it!
Love and First Sight is a very fast read. I flew through it in a day, because every time I reached a new chapter I simply had to know what was going to happen next. It isn’t even that this novel is action-packed or filled with plot twists; the characters and what they’re going through was just so interesting, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Will is transitioning at school where he’s the only one without sight. I’ve always had the greatest respect for how the visually impaired navigate a world that isn’t really attuned to their talents. Will can easily memorize routes through school, how many steps and turns it takes to get him from one close to another, but if someone was guiding him for instance they wouldn’t realize he can’t orient himself by visual landmarks.
I loved how not everyone in the book knows how to handle Will, because it isn’t a glossed-over representation of his life. People fail at explaining things to him because they compare one visual to another when he has no reference for either. They don’t understand why he can’t simply imagine colors. But he finds himself a great group of friends who, though they make mistakes, keep pushing toward a better understanding of Will.
The interesting concept here–that an experimental surgery could potential restore someone’s sight–completely captivated me. Will’s thoughts are an emotional turmoil and it’s easy to follow his progression from elation, to uncertainty, and worry. Will’s been blind his entire life, so to think that could all change completely rocks the foundation of his world.
I can’t wait to read more by this author! His writing was very light and fun, a good counterbalance to the heavy topics here. I can’t recommend this book enough.