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?
My Rating: ★★★★★
I absolutely adored this book. Everything from the characters to the writing style really made this book an entertaining read. It was light, big-hearted, but it also made me stop and think. The way that Will and other blind people live their lives is so foreign to most of our society, and the idea that someone would have to learn how to see is something I would've never imagined. Josh Sundquist put together a beautiful and hilarious story that really captivated me.
First off, I have to give props to the amazing Josh Sundquist for another spectacular read. If you didn't already know, this is his second book, his first being a nonfiction novel about his life as someone who has had their leg amputated from the hip. It is hilarious and sweet, just an all around awesome read. I was so excited to hear that he was coming out with another book, and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. (Seriously though, if you haven't read either of his books, you should get on that. Anyway, back to the review!)
Overall, the characters and the way in which they interacted was wonderful. Will was a fantastic main character, and I will touch on that in a second. What I was really fond of was that every single one of the minor characters had their own vivid personality and every one of them played a part in the story. I feel like that is super important, especially for a shorter novel like this one. There weren't a lot of side characters that were there for the sake of it. I thought it helped simplify the story and move it along.
I loved the descriptions and writing style. There were so many moments that were very thoughtful and helped me understand more of what kind of life Will lives. One of the best moments (spoiler free, by the way) in the entire book was when will and Cecily go to the art showcase and she attempts to describe to him what the paintings look like and what emotion they are trying to convey. Little moments like that throughout the book were what really made me fall in love with it.
Of course, I have to mention the fact that Will is now one of my all-time favorite narrators. His humor and hope really drive the plot for me. Even though we are very different, I felt like I knew him and his situation, and related to it quite a bit. I loved how he didn't let a whole lot of things bother him when they could have. Being a 16-year-old kid in high school isn't easy, and I can't imagine what hardships blindness brings to the table. But Will made it easy for me to understand where he is coming from, and nothing wins me over in a book like a relatable narrator.
This is a great book if you're looking for a quick, hilarious read this summer. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
As she looks at life with a new perspective,
People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.
― Josh Sundquist, Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.