Blind Sightedby Peter Moore
Just when things start coming together for Kirk Tobak, it looks like everything might fall apart. Fifteen years old, Kirk has always been a loner. He's smart, but does badly in school. He's funny, but never had too many friends. But when he gets demoted into a new English class, things begin to look up: He meets a rock-n-roll slacker, who becomes a real friend; and there's a girl who likes his writing-she might even like him. And his new job is great: He reads to a dynamic young blind woman who somehow makes him feel good about himself.
And that's when the bottom falls out. Kirk comes home one night to a note from his mom on the kitchen table. She's gone off to California with her boyfriend, leaving Kirk alone. Kirk is determined to stay and make it on his own, but he's juggling a lot at once, and he doesn't know how long he can last. Readers will find themselves cheering for Kirk in this funny, touching first novel.
Claire Rosser; KLIATT
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.71(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
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By Peter Moore
Pub. Date: September 2002
2 out of 5 stars
PG-13 - Profanity, Sexual Content, Violence
Lonely high school student Kirk and his mother, who enjoys more than the occasional beer, have a very rocky relationship with no father in the picture. His mother has always been full of schemes and ways to get out of this nowhere town, but one in particular seems to be stuck in her mind. As school problems arise and Kirk¿s respect for his mother dies, he forms bonds of friendship that he never could have foresaw. Then after a few particularly cutting fights, he comes home to an empty house. While his mother is trying to chase her ill-conceived dreams, he tries to keep the truth about his predicament under wraps. But as his savings account dwindles and the blind woman he reads to grows closer to his heart, keeping the truth a secret is becoming harder and harder.
Blind Sighted really let me down. It was nowhere near as innocent or touching as the synopsis made it sound. The only ¿moral¿ of the story that I could find was the fact that you must think maturely, reasonably, and logically and be willing to compromise to fix problems. Lines that were suppose to be touching or cutting to the soul just sounded like a fortune cookie that didn¿t make enough sense to be understood. The meaning behind the words came and went in a confusing fog.
There was sexual activity between Kirk and his girlfriend. They both felt isolated and abused, so they were both searching for something to fill the void of loneliness. They both felt their relationship was fake¿ and it was. I don¿t believe there was any reason to pity Kirk because his lack of respect for anyone besides himself got him into these tough spots. In the end he needed to some how mature and sort out his priorities and plans to make things right.
If your not dying to read Blind Sighted and your library doesn¿t have a copy, don¿t worry about getting one.
Date Reviewed: January 15th, 2009
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if i had to catorgorize this book into one sentence it would be 'Kirk Tobak is one adolesence teen and it all goes down hill for him' 5 positive things i liked about the book were... 1) That teens in our generation can relate to Kirk Tobak. 2) That its very hard to juggle things all at once like having a girlfriend, problems at home, and school all at once. 3) That you could fall so easy for a person without really knowing there true personalitly. 4) That its ok to show your emotions when times get rough and your backs against the wall. 5) That this book was a good read!!!!!
'Blind Sighted' seemed to be one of those books you just kind of pick up at the school library it had a simple cover, with a relevant high-school story. But when I read it, I was taken by the blunt way everything was described in detail, from the thoughts of Kirk to his dysfunctional life. Peter Moore dragged me into the often stereotyped world of teen attention-grabbing books that achieve popularity by friends' recommendations, rather than pointless reviews. Who better to understand what you like in a book than a friend?
this book was awesome. u can really relate to everything that is going on. i recamend this book 100%!
very very good book. goes through the messed-up life of a teenage boy: his mom, his new girlfriend, feelings for an older woman. but he manages to pull through the tough times and learns some valuable lessons from a blind woman.
This is the best book i've ever read. It's funny and totally original.
I thought this book was great! I read it in 5 days and enjoyed every page. It had great detail and it was one of the best books I have read in a long time.
I read this book in three days. It was one of the best books I have read this year. I loved the way everything fell into place. It didn't seem like it was just coming out of nowhere. Everything was related in some way or another. I think Peter Moore is a wonderful author and looking foward to reading some other books of his.