"A highly recommended and engaging story."
School Library Journal
"Explores the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of Will’s change in a thoughtful and evocative manner, providing readers with a fresh perspective on how humans interact with each other and the world around them."
"The author's research shows; there are frequent explanations of eyesight and its relationship to the brain. That information is critical for understanding the disorientation and frustration that Will experiences upon gaining eyesight. Sight requires him to learn colors, shapes, and perspective as if he's just been born—which, in a sense, he has."
"Rich in sensory detail, this novel pulls readers into Will’s world. Sundquist meticulously traces out mundane tasks with fresh takes to highlight how the blind navigate ordinary spaces and occasions—from entering a new place for the first time to playing a game of Settlers of Catan."
Can I buy Love And First Sight at my local bookstore?
Yes. Please do. It will be in all bookstores in North America.
But I live in XYZ country. Can I buy LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT?
Yes. Book Depository ships free worldwide. It is also being translated for release in Germany and Italy. PS Why doesn't your country name have any vowels?
Is there an audiobook?
Did you read the audiobook like you did for JUST DON'T FALL and WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME?
No. Because those were memoirs it made sense for the audio to be in my voice. But for fiction, it's actually better for the reading experience if you forget about me (the author). If you're hearing my voice (figuratively or literally) you're probably not believing in the narrator. You're not getting swept up in the story. For this reason (and because I'm not good at doing girl voices and accents, which both play a roll in this book), I opted not to record the audiobook.
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 new classmate to tears without ever saying a word. High school can only go up from there, 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 realizes 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 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 in Will's voice as he transitions from blind to sighted, Love and First Sight is about the nature of perception, love, trust, and romantic attraction. Filled with humor and breathtaking poignancy, this is a story about we relate to each other and the world around us, and how love is one thing you don’t need to see to believe.
Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, YouTuber, 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, Josh speaks to schools, conventions, and corporations across the world. He's best known on the internet for his one-legged Halloween costumes.