Monday 18 June 2018

Audio: Love and First Sight - Josh Sundquist

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?

Audiobook, 6 h 25 min
Published January 3rd 2017 by Hatchette Audio
YA fiction

My thoughts
This is written by a youtube personality...never heard of him. Moving on.

Will is blind but he wants to go to a mainstream school and try to make it on his own. I did like Will, and I do get that he gets tired of his mum. But at the same time I really understood the mum, she just wants what is best for him. She wants to be in the office when he talks medical issues, I mean I would want to be there, even if my kid wasn't blind. So this time I did connect wit the mum. I got it. 

I can not know for sure since I am not blind, but it did feel like the author did his homework. Many think they know what is best, or how to help someone who is blind. But Will in his inner voice shoots down all those things people think they know. And how people often just make it worse. There were many aha moments. Cos how could someone who is blind understand depth? And so many other things.

Will gets friends, meets a girl and thinks about having an operation that might give him sight.

But, there was this one thing that bothered me and since it is in the blurb you have guessed it. How can he be upset cos someone did not tell him about their "defect". I mean whatever man, maybe you are ugly too! But at the same time, it is written well so I forgive him.

A good story that gave me lots to think about

Narrator Pat Young
I have the most boring things to say, I always say the same thing. He did a good job...well he did do a good job!


  1. Hm, it seems like her looks wouldn't matter if he really liked her.

  2. didn't know about him either

  3. I've never heard of him either. The story sounds interesting though.

  4. Mhmmm never heard of him, but the last 6 years I have not really been addicted to YouTube like I used to be.
    But this is an interesting find! The cover could be a little more..

  5. "I mean whatever man, maybe you are ugly too!" HAHAHAHA, sorry, this comment was just too funny :D And yeah, I don't think he should be feeling betrayed, unless the betrayal was over Cecily not telling him the truth, but it honestly sounds like she has nothing to do with it, just their so-called friends.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. But why would she tell him? oh i know we just met but i got this huge birthmark people stare at. And sure later she could have said it but why should it matter to him. silly boys

  6. Haven't heard of him. Glad you liked the audio.

  7. I read this book as an arc. I enjoyed it and thought that the descriptions were really well done.



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