Love And First Sight by Josh SundquistLove And First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Love And First Sight

byJosh Sundquist

Hardcover | January 3, 2017

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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.
Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, popular YouTube vlogger, motivational speaker, and Halloween enthusiast. Every Tuesday, Josh releases a new video to 200,000-plus subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is the author of We Should Hang Out Sometime and the bestselling Just Don't Fall. As a motivational speaker, ...
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Title:Love And First SightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316305359

ISBN - 13:9780316305358

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! I bought this book after hearing the author read a chapter of it and I loved every page! Highly recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story Yup. I totally just read this in one day. Hurray! Haha. Anyway. I really liked this book. I really quite enjoyed reading from Will's perspective and learning about how he got around, and even how other people treated him and spoke to him. It was interesting when people tried to describe certain things by comparing them to other things you need to be able to see in order to understand. I also thought that when Will got his eyesight, it was really well done. I was a little nervous going into it, because I had a conversation with my friend about how we thought that would feel, to go from never being able to see, to all of a sudden being able to. How overwhelming it would be. How seeing wouldn't make you understand, how you would probably still need to use your old techniques to get around, because seeing things in front of you wouldn't mean anything to you, you wouldn't understand what you were walking into or where you were going. After having this conversation with my friend, I thought that for some reason the process of learning to see would be easy for Will, that he would wake up after the surgery and be like: "HURRAY I CAN SEE!" but I was pleasantly surprised at how he experienced it. I won't tell you, though. You have to read it for yourself. I really enjoyed this book. Also, I don't think the synopsis represents the story. It says it's about a boy getting eyesight and learning that his friends have been hiding something from him, because that sounds like an interesting story. But that's such a minor part of the story. The story is about Will and everything that he goes through. How he goes through it. It's about seeing things not just with your eyes. The story is much more than just a guy who realizes his friends have lied to him. The writing was really casual and easy to get into. The dialogue was pretty natural, and there were a few parts that made me laugh out loud. I feel like there were a few parts that didn't work, mostly with the way Will explained how he saw things, because sometimes he used words that described specific visuals, which were new to him and shouldn't have known what those were. I do realize, however, that it's almost impossible to find the right words for things when all you know are ones that don't even strike you as "incorrect" words. (Did that even make sense? It makes sense to me, but if I didn't get that out right, I'm sorry.) I don't want to spoil anything, but there was one thing that he knew right away what it was, and I was just like: "hmm, I feel that's the hardest thing to spot." But again. I understand that it's difficult to do. Especially since there is basically nobody who has experienced this in order to help the author with it. A few other minor things bothered me about the story, but overall I thought it was a fantastic book.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Cute and Easy Read ** I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This impacts my review in no way at all. ** What I Loved I loved the whole idea of this book. You could tell that the author really did his research about visually impaired people because it felt realistic. There was no face touching (which I never knew if people actually did that or not) but the main character was able to make lots of jokes about his situation. He was a guy that had accepted blindness was a part of him instead of being cranky and cynical all the time. It made him an easy character to like. The group of friends that our main character mad were also pretty cool. I liked their energy and they really helped to make this a light read. It could have been really easy for this book to become sad or depressing but the author did a really great job keeping it light but still realistic. What I Didn't Love The story line was a little predictable and it would have been nice to seem something other than the typical road trip to get the girl back trope. The book was doing so well until we got to that point. I mean there was a few other parts that were a little cheesy but I could mostly look over those. I feel like that author had so much potential with this book but it ended up falling into the void of typical YA contemporary books. I was a little disappointed because this seemed like such a great plot at first. Who I'd Recommend To I’d recommend this for those of you who are actively looking for diverse books. There isn't often book about people with physical disabilities though there seems to be a lot of characters with mental ones lately. It's also a quick and cute read so contemporary lovers will enjoy this one I think!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book, but it could have been better. Will was born blind. He’s never been able to see, and for him it’s sometimes frustrating when people try to describe things in relation to other things because he’s never seen anything. But he’s decided he’s had enough at going to a school for the visually impaired, and now he’s in a regular high school for the first time. It’s there that Will meets Cecily, a girl who finds a way to describe things in ways that make sense to Will, and someone he quickly begins to fall for. Then, thanks to an experimental surgery, Will gets eyesight for the first time, and he has to relearn everything he’s ever learned from a new perspective. One of the first things he learns: Cecily’s appearance is not as it was described to him. Her appearance doesn’t matter to Will, but why does he still feel betrayed? I’m so torn over my thoughts on this book. On the one hand, I really liked it. It’s a cute story and I really like Will and Cecily’s characters. Plus Will’s new eyesight and how he sees things initially and has to relearn everything is really well written. On the other hand, I felt like the ending was really rushed. This is not a long book, and I feel like it could have been made a little longer in order to draw out the ending a bit more. Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I am an Indigo employee.
Date published: 2016-12-01

Editorial Reviews

"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir..."-SLJ