Love and First Sight

Love and First Sight

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 h...

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Title:Love and First Sight
Author:Josh Sundquist
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ISBN:0316305359
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:281 pages

Love and First Sight Reviews

  • Gina
    Jan 10, 2017

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    Love and First Sight made me laugh out loud, it made me warm and fuzzy, gave me hope, made me see things in a new way, and also made me a bit teary eyed. Anyone who loves a good YA contemporary should check this book out! Love and First Sight is insightful, funny, heart breaking, and an all around great read.

    I loved this book!! It was fun, insightful, beautiful, and eye opening. I loved the characters, the story, the scener

    Full review can be found here:

    Love and First Sight made me laugh out loud, it made me warm and fuzzy, gave me hope, made me see things in a new way, and also made me a bit teary eyed. Anyone who loves a good YA contemporary should check this book out! Love and First Sight is insightful, funny, heart breaking, and an all around great read.

    I loved this book!! It was fun, insightful, beautiful, and eye opening. I loved the characters, the story, the scenery, and most of all the message. When Will is experiencing sight for the first time he gives the most detailed, yet basic, descriptions giving the reader time to take a moment and think about the colors and shapes of things they see on an every day basis.

  • Mehsi
    Jan 26, 2017

    Josh Sundquist has done it again people. He wrote yet another gorgeous book, and this one it is YA fiction. I can't wait to see what more he can write.

    Well, I am still not entirely sure if I can write a review, but I will do my best! This book sure was a rollercoaster of awesomeness!

    Edit after reviewing: Well apparently I was able to write a review. :P This is one of my longest reviews!

    Let me first get two not so good things out of the way. Yes, I just have 2 little things that I didn't particul

    Josh Sundquist has done it again people. He wrote yet another gorgeous book, and this one it is YA fiction. I can't wait to see what more he can write.

    Well, I am still not entirely sure if I can write a review, but I will do my best! This book sure was a rollercoaster of awesomeness!

    Edit after reviewing: Well apparently I was able to write a review. :P This is one of my longest reviews!

    Let me first get two not so good things out of the way. Yes, I just have 2 little things that I didn't particularly like, still the book was too good in overall to not give it a 5+ stars.

    So here we go.

    Number 1 on my list of not so good things:

    Will's mom. I can imagine why she did all she did, and she did some sweet things too. But her mothering and helicopter momming was just plain annoying. The way she made decisions (important ones) for him was just terrible. The whole operation part? I was just pissed at her for doing that stuff. How can you. Your son is not 3 any more, he is 16, he can, and must make this decision on his own. You can't say yes to stuff, you can't just make appointments. That is terrible. I can imagine you want to help him, but this is not going to help anyone. It will only make your son run away as soon as he is able to do that. And I don't think you want that.

    Plus who the hell buys a Tesla when their kid is blind and relies on the sound of the car?

    Number 2 on my list of not so good things will be spoiler tagged.

    Phew, that was a relief to throw that number 2 out. That was definitely demanding a lot of attention. Then again it was my least favourite part in the book. Such a shame that it was added.

    But but but but but the rest of the book, and the overall book feel, was just amazing, and I loved loved loved it so much! You can definitely tell Josh Sundquist did a lot of research about being blind, how it is for them, how the operation works, and how it will end. I am not blind myself, but I have read some literature stuff/saw documentaries about it, and the writer definitely captured the right feeling. It was all just really realistic.

    I also liked how he was able to tell us, through Will, how blindness works, and some of the things that Will didn't like that people did are things that I have heard other blind people say was a point of blehness to them as well. People who just grab them out of the blue and drag them to places while they aren't going there. Or people who assume that just because your blind you can't do anything.

    Will was an amazing character (well with the exception of that little tantrum). He was sweet, responsible, and a good guy. It was quite interesting to see him traverse through life, see how he experienced several things, from people who just were a bit too eager to help him while didn't need help, to people who didn't understand. How he walked the world while being blind. How he found his way through his home, school, or other places. It was also quite interesting to see him on a tandem with one of his parents. Them telling when there was a turn. It was quite amazing as well that he knew exactly where they were, just by calculating various variables.

    I loved how fast he found a good group of people who didn't mind him being blind, who included him in most of the events (some stuff was just too hard after all).

    I could imagine his frustration with his mother. He just wants some time to think, he just wants to make his own decisions. He is blind, not stupid.

    I did love him and his dad together, sure it was at times awkward, but his dad really meant well and also was pretty helpful.

    I want to wish him luck on his New Year's Resolution he made during the end of the book. I am sure that he can do it. Maybe with some help of Cecily and some others, but I can see him do that at the end of the year.

    His friendship (and as we all can guess from the blurb so this is not a spoiler, much more) with Cecily was a delight to read. They didn't start off quite well, but after that it was quick friendship and she was there for him when he needed someone. She helped him out, she partnered with him, she talked to him. I just loved them together, and wished them all the best. I loved how it first was just friendship, some awkward moments, but then went to something much more. Yes, Will didn't want a relationship, but you can't stop love. It can happen at any moment. I was happy for both of them.

    Cecily was a sweet girl, and when you know what is up, things connect to her behaviour at the beginning. I loved how she was with Will, and how she took care not to fall in the standard behaviour that people often do when they see a blind person. Instead she took her time, patience, and tried to explain stuff to him as simple as she could (even then it wasn't always the right explanation, but at least she tried). I felt so sorry for her for what she had to go through in her life. No one deserves that. :( I was really crying at the end and what she said there. *hugs Cecily*

    The operation was definitely quite scary, and I was just hoping, praying that everything would go right, of course, by the blurb, we know this is going to happen, but I still was hoping. You never know, I have seen enough blurbs that lie. :P

    And then after the operation, the worry, the stress. Would he be able to see? And how will he learn about the world that is now visible to him. And also will he be able to keep his vision, or will the donor material reject him as is also a chance.

    I have to say I laughed so hard when he was learning shapes and colours. Especially the triangle was hilarious. How things, like triangles, just seemingly disappeared for him when it was turned around or flipped over. How later on he still didn't get the whole depth, perspective, and several other things, which was cause for some trouble, but, it was also quite magical to see him be so amazed by all the little things, and all the wonders. How he was so amazed by even the simplest thing, then again I can imagine that, he has never seen anything, but it was still very sweet and amazing to read about it. His observations made me laugh. Nah, it is no magic. Definitely not, though it is pretty magical how it all works so finely.

    The ending was real cute, a bit cliché, but oh well. It was cute, and it was nice, and I was happy with what happened there. The mom definitely made a good redemption part there, though I would have loved to see the dad's reaction to it all.

    I think I now have everything, oh wait, I have to give extra points to Dr. Bianchi. He was a great guy and I loved his enthusiasm for what he did. How he actually listened to his patients, how he actually tried to help out, and how he was honest with the facts. I wish everyone could have a doctor like this guy.

    All in all a book that will make you laugh, cheer, cry, worry, hope, and much much more. You will step into a rollercoaster of a book that will take you up and down, all around, loopdaloop, and won't let you go until it is the end of the book. I loved this book, and I will definitely re-read it again someday.

    I would also highly recommend this book to everyone. Be sure to read this one! It is a wonderful book with great characters.

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  • Stacee
    Nov 27, 2016

    I had enjoyed the other book I read from Josh and I liked the premise, so I was interested right from the start.

    I liked Will and his group of friends. They were like a band of misfits and the loyalty between them was perfect. Will's mom was a bit annoying, but it makes sense. And even Will mentions that she's a helicopter mom.

    What I enjoyed the most was being in Will's head and learning about things as he did. Especially after the surgery. The science-y parts weren't too science-y and it defin

    I had enjoyed the other book I read from Josh and I liked the premise, so I was interested right from the start.

    I liked Will and his group of friends. They were like a band of misfits and the loyalty between them was perfect. Will's mom was a bit annoying, but it makes sense. And even Will mentions that she's a helicopter mom.

    What I enjoyed the most was being in Will's head and learning about things as he did. Especially after the surgery. The science-y parts weren't too science-y and it definitely pointed out things I would have never thought of.

    The best part of the story is the last chapter and I loved the format it was in. Overall, it was a quick and intriguing read.

    **Huge thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Dec 06, 2016

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    I enjoyed reading this book. I was pulled into the story right away by the wonderful characters, an interesting premise, and just the right amount of humor. This was a super quick read for me largely because I had a hard time putting the book down. The descriptions were vivid and I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be in Will's position. I am very glad that I decided to pick up this book.

    Will is starting a new school. He prev

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    I enjoyed reading this book. I was pulled into the story right away by the wonderful characters, an interesting premise, and just the right amount of humor. This was a super quick read for me largely because I had a hard time putting the book down. The descriptions were vivid and I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be in Will's position. I am very glad that I decided to pick up this book.

    Will is starting a new school. He previously attended a school for the blind but is transferring to a mainstream high school. He starts out having to deal with a well meaning but unhelpful assistant pricinpal and before the day is over he has not only made a girl run from the room crying but has also sat on another student's lap at lunch. Before long, Will seems to find his place at his new school with a group of friends that keep him busy.

    Will has the opportunity to have an experimental surgery that can make it possible for him to see for the first time in his life. Once he has the surgery the sudden ability to see isn't as smooth of a transistion as you might expect. Since he has never had the sense of sight, he has no reference point. His brain developed without visual input and it takes a lot of work to understand what he can now see. The descriptions regarding his sudden ability to see were incredibly strong in this book. I felt Will's frustration along with him and his family.

    Will's relationship with Cecily was a major focus of the story. They develop a strong friendship through their work together on a school project. Their personalities just seemed to click and they both seemed to gain a lot by being together. When Will can finally see her, things don't go exactly as planned and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by Will's actions. I do understand that he was upset by the fact that things were kept from him but I hated that he was willing to make as big of a deal about it as he did.

    I would recommend this book to others. I found it to be a quick read that was rather eye opening. Will's quest to be independant and fit into the world was such an interesting story. The humor was nicely woven into the story and really added a lot to the story and character developement. I plan to look for future novels by Josh Sundquist.

    This was a nice quick read. I liked the characters and the premise was interesting.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Oct 21, 2016

    I’ll have to admit that I did not think I would end up enjoying LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT so much.

    It’s not like it’s ‘‘mind-blowingly’’ written and I’m normally a little wary of books written by YouTube sensations, however famous the latter are.

    But it was evident to me that Josh Sundquist wrote this book with much care, did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment and carefully outlined the story.

    You know how sometimes you read a book and you have trouble figuring out what is happening –

    I’ll have to admit that I did not think I would end up enjoying LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT so much.

    It’s not like it’s ‘‘mind-blowingly’’ written and I’m normally a little wary of books written by YouTube sensations, however famous the latter are.

    But it was evident to me that Josh Sundquist wrote this book with much care, did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment and carefully outlined the story.

    You know how sometimes you read a book and you have trouble figuring out what is happening – you feel as if the action and even the writing are all over the place? Well, it’s the contrary in this case. I felt like every sentence had a reason to be part of the story.

    I got extremely attached to Will, the very relatable main character with a visual impairment. This is probably because the majority of authors are women, but I never once read a book about a boy being blind, just girls. So it was great to have a guy’s opinion and thoughts on the matter of living without seeing.

    And then being able to see for the first time. Let me tell you that his reaction to the world as we know it – with colors and shapes – is worth remembering. In fact, this book helped me learn a lot about visual impairment and how blind people perceive the world. It really was interesting.

    It’s a moving story with dramatic scenes, but don’t worry, there is also humour to lighten the atmosphere and inspiring scenes that make this book unforgettable. It’s a fantastic character-driven story to which I sure hope you’ll give a chance.

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  • Cassandra
    Jan 08, 2017

    This was an adorable little book that gave me all kinds of happy feelings. The plot intrigued me, so I preordered it back in December without much research. I was expecting pretty much what I got; an adorable story about a blind guy who gets the amazing opportunity to see after being born blind.

    This is one of those finish-the-whole-thing-in-an-afternoon binge

    This was an adorable little book that gave me all kinds of happy feelings. The plot intrigued me, so I preordered it back in December without much research. I was expecting pretty much what I got; an adorable story about a blind guy who gets the amazing opportunity to see after being born blind.

    This is one of those finish-the-whole-thing-in-an-afternoon binge-able wonders. Since I was on vacation with my needy siblings and sun worshiping parents, I didn’t get to just binge it in a singular sitting. That being said, I tried valiantly and deserve a ‘You Tried’ sticker. Back to the book.

    Will is the typical YA protagonist; adorable, sassy, and 100 percent aware of both. Being blind isn’t something he’s embarrassed about, or even too eager to change. Once the opportunity to get an operation that might restore his sight arises, Will decides to give it a shot.

    The best part, and the most memorable by far, is the way Josh Sundquist approaches sight. I never thought of all the complexities such as perspective, depth, light, texture, and all sorts of other things you have only thought about in art class. I never realized how much work goes into identifying objects by sight.

    Will’s friends were pretty great as well. Supportive, awkward, and hilarious. I’m not going to talk about Cecily much for spoilery reasons, but I liked her for the most part.

    This was an adorable YA contemporary perfect for a binge read, with surprisingly thought provoking elements, and a loveable main man. Just the cutesy novel I had been looking for. ☺

  • Carrie
    Dec 27, 2016

    Will Porter was born blind and at an early age his parents decided his best chance would be to attend a school for the blind to learn how to cope with is ability. Now at sixteen though Will wants nothing more than to fit in with normal kids his age and attend a regular school. His first day at his new school though has him accidentally groping a fellow student and making another cry.

    Will does start to slowly fit into his new surroundings though making a new group of friends. As he finds his foo

    Will Porter was born blind and at an early age his parents decided his best chance would be to attend a school for the blind to learn how to cope with is ability. Now at sixteen though Will wants nothing more than to fit in with normal kids his age and attend a regular school. His first day at his new school though has him accidentally groping a fellow student and making another cry.

    Will does start to slowly fit into his new surroundings though making a new group of friends. As he finds his footing Will also starts to develop a crush on Cecily when the two are paired for a class project. Just as Will thinks he's becoming adjusted his parents spring a new experimental surgery on him where there is a chance that Will may gain eyesight for the first time in his life but are the risks worth it?

    Love and First Sight is a young adult coming of age contemporary read with the twist of having the main character have the disability of being sightless. Will was an extremely likable character from the start with his quick wit with dealing with the obstacles in life that his disability quite often with a lot of humor to keep a reader smiling and chuckling.

    The one thing I didn't quite enjoy with this one was the added drama towards the end with Will and Cecily, it just didn't seem to fit Will's personality with all he had to deal with in his life. The build up to this was fairly obvious that something was going to come about with Cecily's character and knowing it was coming I was a bit disappointed with how it got dealt with. In the end though I did enjoy the rest of the story and felt the characters and their journey was a likable one.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Kazy
    Dec 21, 2016

    *ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

    I liked a lot but had some things I just couldn't wrap my head around. 'Seeing' things through Will's eyes was interesting. How he noticed things most people paid no attention to. I liked his little group of friends. The contrasts in adults were good. While the vice principal basically relied on stereotypes to figure out how to interact with Will, his journalism teacher expected Will to be on the same level on everyone else and didn'

    *ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

    I liked a lot but had some things I just couldn't wrap my head around. 'Seeing' things through Will's eyes was interesting. How he noticed things most people paid no attention to. I liked his little group of friends. The contrasts in adults were good. While the vice principal basically relied on stereotypes to figure out how to interact with Will, his journalism teacher expected Will to be on the same level on everyone else and didn't treat him any different. The romance was cute, but underdeveloped. I saw them more as friends. Now my biggest problem was how Will reacted to finding out how Cecily looked. I just felt his reaction to both his friends and Cecily for not telling him was sooooo blown out of proportion. It wasn't so serious to me. Like ok, she looks like that and.....? Beauty is perception, so how can he feel betrayed that your friends didn't tell you how they felt Cecily looked? The ending could've had more explanation as to how things progressed with Will's sight.

  • Jessica
    Jan 04, 2017

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    When I first heard of Love and First Sight I didn't think that I would end up enjoying it as much as I did. There is no better book to start off 2017 with!

    I rated the book 4/5 stars due to the writing style - which was a bit mainstream and lacked a personal touch. But aside from that, you could tell that Josh Sundquist really did his research before taking on the task of writing this book.

    From the first chapter yo

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    When I first heard of Love and First Sight I didn't think that I would end up enjoying it as much as I did. There is no better book to start off 2017 with!

    I rated the book 4/5 stars due to the writing style - which was a bit mainstream and lacked a personal touch. But aside from that, you could tell that Josh Sundquist really did his research before taking on the task of writing this book.

    From the first chapter you can tell that the author put a lot of hard work and care into this book. He accurately describes (what I would expect to be) the everyday life of a person with visual impairment & carefully outlines the story to help the reader identify with them. You can tell that every word in the book is meant to be there and has purpose.

    The characters are all written beautifully. The author describes each characters physical traits and qualities through the perception of a blind person and then again through eyesight. Will, the main character, is an amazingly relatable teenage boy who is blind. He really brings something beautiful to the story with the way that he describes the world.

    Love and First Sight is a moving story with unforgettable characters. I definitely learned a lot about visual impairment and the perception of blind/visually impaired people in the world today. I really hope that you guys can give this book a chance, it's worth it.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Feb 02, 2017

    Possibly 3.5? This was pretty cute and overall I really enjoyed it, but I'm looking at the review notes I took and they all seem to be negative (re: ableism). Probably going to film a video review tonight to make some sense of my thoughts. Link to come!