I loved this book. It has been a long time since I have read a book without a single complaint, but honestly I can not say I have any. The only things I could even think of were (to agree with a friend) the book was not long enough- I want MORE of this story, I loved it so much. Well that’s it, that is the only thing wrong with this book. I want more to read.
To start off Love and First Sight is about a 16 year old boy named Will. Will is blind, and has gone to school for the blind all his life. He has decided that he wants to be more independent and start at a mainstream public school. So thus, his adventures begin. His first day is a little rough but he makes good friends and really loves his life at school. He even meets a girl named Cecily.
Then, an experimental surgery is offered that could give Will his eye sight, a chance to be able to finally see for the first time. As he goes through with his decision to have the surgery he realizes that seeing is not as easy as he thought, and the things he sees are not what he thought they would look like. And Cecily does not look how everyone described her to be. Suddenly Will is feeling betrayed and having a hard time coming to terms with everything happening.
The description alone in this book is enough to fall in love with it. Starting off with Will as a blind main character we have the perspective of his side. And it is intricate, beautiful and so amazingly written. To be able to read a story with the main character as blind really makes a person think, and it was so very well written. Honestly this book changed the way I viewed reading now, even how I viewed life and my ability to be able to see. I felt myself stopping in my reading several times and pondering over Will’s difficulties and interactions with people thought the whole story.
As the story goes on, Will obviously has the surgery (this is not a spoiler it is literally in the description of the book) and gains the ability to see. But it was not as he thought it would be, being blind his whole life he has to LEARN to see. This was truly the selling point for me in the book. I had never even stopped to think how difficult that might be, having to learn things that for so many of us we have known since the time we were like 2 years old. The author did such a wonderful job on these sections of the book. The descriptions of Will having to figure out what everything is, having to adjust to what he is seeing etc is AMAZING. This is something that I had never thought of, even considered ever in my life. It was confusing to say the least, reading about something I had never known. And truly, truly amazing.
I adored the writing style as well, along with the description in this novel I felt a strong connection with the characters as well. As someone who has had bullying in life, and also having been on an academic quiz team (we called it academic decathlon at my school) I was instantly in love. I appreciated how the author included the “misfits” the “nerdy” kids because that is who I can most connect with. I love board games, I love geeky things and it was comforting reading a book where there was some other hobbies besides reading, or writing. It was really good to have a book that branched out not only in including characters with disabilities but characters with unique hobbies and interests.
I applaud the author several times over, he has created a masterpiece that I think should be required literature in schools. I feel as though this is a book that is good for people to read. It helped me gain a little perspective, and helped me to think of things I never had before. It really opened my mind, I have nothing but positives about this book and I have not said that about a book (truly said that) since Harry Potter. Everyone needs this book in their life. I am so glad I got to read this book and I am so excited that we picked this for our book of the month for the Contemporary Corner Book Club.
I rated this book a 5/5 on Goodreads, I don’t like to just give the highest rating to a book usually but this book really deserves it. Josh Sundquist PLEASE write more novels, this one was amazing; it truly blew me away.
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