Love and First Sight
In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.
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 charming, quiet girl named Cecily. 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?
Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we relate to each other and the world around us.
At the start of this engaging novel from motivational speaker and memoir writer Sundquist (We Should Hang Out Sometime), 16-year-old Will Porter enrolls at Toano High School. Blind since birth, Will knows that if he is going to become a journalist, he must prove that he can live independently in the sighted world. His first day is a fiasco, but Will acclimates quickly and befriends a girl named Cecily. Romance seems destined until Will undergoes a cornea transplant and discovers that Cecily hasn't been entirely forthcoming about her appearance. Will's trust in Cecily is shattered, and he's left wondering whether their relationship is worth salvaging. The plot's beats are predictable, and the interpersonal conflicts can ring false, but Sundquist writes eloquently about what it might be like for someone who was born blind to be given sight. He explores the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of Will's change in a thoughtful and evocative manner, providing readers with a fresh perspective on how humans interact with each other and the world around them. Ages 12 up.
I was hooked just from reading the sample, so I purchased the book and finished it only a few hours later. I was so intrigued by Mr. Sundquist's characters and writing style that I just couldn't put it down. I sincerely hope he releases more novels in the future.
Interesting and unique story
I voluntarily received a copy via publisher through NetGalley.
Love at First Sight, was a very interesting and unique story. That brought you into another world.
Will, has been blind since he was born. So he knows nothing other than his other senses. He decides he wants to make some changes in his life and goes to a public school. I felt that this was really interesting, because there are not a lot of stories out there, that involve a blind character. Reading from his perspective really made you think.
Sundquist, really did well with this. The way he described how Will felt. Or when Will goes through an operation and having to learn, really everything again. The only thing is, I didn’t emotionally connect with this characters. It really didn’t grip me in any way....Lissa
Overall, I give this Three Boundless Stars. It was a good and enjoyable story.