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 his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. 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?
- Original Title:Love and First Sight
- Author:Josh Sundquist
- Rating:7.7 / 10
- Publisher:Published January 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Vice Principal Larry Johnston extends his hand.
To clarify: I don’t see this. I hear the swish of his shirtsleeve.
“Nice to meet you, William.”
The fabric sound plays again—the hand retracting.
“I’m sorry, I guess you can’t do that now, can you? You probably want to feel my face?”
He grabs my arm and smacks my palm against his cheek, knocking me off balance so I have to step into the musk of his aftershave.
“Where do you normally start? Eyes? Nose? Mouth?”
He shifts my fingers across the front of his face with each suggestion. His skin is rough and pockmarked, like the outside of an orange.
“No, actually, I don’t do that,” I say, pulling my hand away. “I identify people based on their voices.”
“And… also…” I add. I can’t resist....