Love and First Sight

Love and First Sight

by Josh Sundquist


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In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.

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 charming, quiet girl named Cecily. 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?

Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we related to each other and the world around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316305358
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 837,250
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, popular YouTube vlogger, 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 invites you to visit him online at or follow him at @JoshSundquist.

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Love and First Sight 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Wowwwwwww that was so much better than I could have ever expected from this little book. To be honest, when I won this in a contest, I kind of went oops. I didn't know anything about the book other than it had a pretty pretty cover...and that's it. So, when I picked up this book, I didn't have much faith in it, and it ended up being SO GOOD. I really enjoyed Will's voice. He had a very realistic feel to him, and he just had a great voice. I felt for him, and I got him. I rooted him on, and I wanted him to succeed. I felt so invested into him, and he was just a great contemporary narrator. We so rarely see male MCs in YA contemporaries, and honestly he might be my favorite that I've read. The writing was fantastic as well. It was just so easy to read. I honestly just sat down and binge read this in one long sitting. It had a fantastic flow, and it was just so quick to go through. I definitely would pick up another book by Sundquist without a doubt. I liked the plot as well. Sundquist brought both sides of the issue up. I am not blind, so I can't speak to the rep given and how accurate it was; however, from the depth and little things that were brought up, it really seemed like Sundquist did his research. It felt so realistic and accurate. He showed the ins and outs, and made you think about things. I think he did a really good job with it, and with the surgery and Will adapting to the non-blind school. Then you slip in the romance and it was just a really fun, cute book full of fluff and fun. Speaking of the romance, it was ADORABLE. I was feeling the feels. I saw the cuteness and just basked in it. So much cutenesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. The only main issue that I had with the story was the second part of the book. It had a few more boring parts (even though it was showcasing the realistic and real effects but it did feel the pacing did a slow halt). And the very last big thing of the book? It felt SO unrealistic and unbelievable for a book that had done SO well with the realness and realistic. I just kept blinking at the book going, wait, WHAT? It was still fun, but it just felt quite like it didn't quite fit and was an odd ending. Overall, this was such a fun book. It was such a solid, good, fun four crowns for this book. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would, and it was just a feel good, little contemporary. The romance, the writing, and the main character was fantastic. The ending was a little crazy, and it did lag a bit in the second half. Four crowns and an Ariel rating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TiffsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This book kind of didn't go the way I thought it would. But then again, it kind of did. If that makes any sense at all? Will is exactly like how I imagined him. He's witty and can take jokes about being blind. He's also misunderstood by most because he is blind. He's very underestimated. He decides to go to a mainstream school to help him basically become a mainstream teenager. He doesn't want to go to school with the blind anymore. He wants to blossom out into the world. It goes the way he wants, for the most part. He makes new friends and even an almost girlfriend. Cecily is not who his friends said she was. They didn't quite explain to him about her looks correctly. They intentionally left out one major thing. From the synopsis, I thought he would have freaked out more than he did. I honestly thought looks were going to be really important to him. I should have known better. I think that's why the synopsis is a bit misleading. I feel like this book could have been better. Especially after he gets his surgery. It was kind of slow paced and pretty boring at times. I loved the idea of the book though!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily received a copy via publisher through NetGalley. Love at First Sight, was a very interesting and unique story. That brought you into another world. Will, has been blind since he was born. So he knows nothing other than his other senses. He decides he wants to make some changes in his life and goes to a public school. I felt that this was really interesting, because there are not a lot of stories out there, that involve a blind character. Reading from his perspective really made you think. Sundquist, really did well with this. The way he described how Will felt. Or when Will goes through an operation and having to learn, really everything again. The only thing is, I didn’t emotionally connect with this characters. It really didn’t grip me in any way....Lissa Overall, I give this Three Boundless Stars. It was a good and enjoyable story.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist was a book that I would have to say grew on me. The dynamic of the book shifts from that of a blind teenager who has gone from interacting primarily with other blind students to making his way in a normal high school and all the issues that come with it (making friends etc.), to a story of seeing for the first time and how that can effect perceptions and relationships. The book ends with a whirlwind adventure of sights, friendship and romance. The book started off a bit heavy on the stereotypes, both of blind people and high school for me. Once past the beginning, the relationships Will built with his friends and Cecily took over which brought life to the novel and I began to enjoy it more. I also appreciated how Josh Sundquist displayed significant research into the field of the blind gaining vision (as supported by the Authors Note). Overall, Love and First Sight was a good, well-paced, and enjoyable read. There are lessons learned about life, appreciation, and friends that this book emphasizes which should not be missed. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.)
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Love and First Sight is the first I've read by author Josh Sundquist. I read it in less than a day because I just couldn't put it down. It is a gripping story with fabulous characters and an even ore fabulous story. So much of YA fiction focuses on girls so I was happy to read this novel, one that focuses on a guy. Will is not your average teenage guy, either. He is blind and has spent most of his life sheltered from the visual world. He has always gone to a school for the blind, and much to his mother's distress, he has chosen to spread his wings and prove to her that he can thrive in the rest of the world, too. The descriptions of the world as Will "sees" it are vivid and they only become more vivid after Will undergoes surgery. The author really captures his journey and all of the emotionally charged aspects of it. The emotional side of it all is something I never would have considered before reading Will's story and it really was eye-opening. The story is a wonderful blend of humor, stark reality, and adult choices. It is as much a story of friendship as it is one of growth and coming of age. It is also a story that makes you think. Being in Will's head makes you, as a person with sight, see the world in a different way. It made me reconsider friendship and honesty and how differently even non-vision-related issues can be experienced by someone without sight. And as Will goes through the experience of having to make a potentially life-altering decision, it made me think about all the implications of that kind of choice. Choices that seem like easy ones on the surface, but really aren't. I enjoy a book that forces me to take another look at life and see it from an entirely different perspective. Overall: This is a great read that will make you think. The story is incredibly engaging and it is one that I won't forget for a long time. This is a book I highly recommend!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
While this book was a pretty quick read, it was full of emotion and humor and raw feelings. You could tell this book was heavily researched and carefully written, so as to relate as true of an experience as possible. I liked Will, and reading about his struggles trying to navigate a public high school. Sundquist did a really thorough job of getting into his head, showing us the process and struggles of a blind person, that sighted people would not even think to consider. Will finds his group of friends, who I enjoyed very much. They were fun, and kind of reminded me a little of my own group of friends in high school. This is a romance, and I did like the relationship between Will and Cecily. It blossomed slowly, and I loved them. However, I feel that this book did not necessarily focus on the romance. It's a huge part (I mean, it is the title) but this is a book about Will. I was a little apprehensive about the "giving Will eyesight" part of the story, as that could have gone so wrong, but I should have known Sundquist would handle the subject with great care. Will's thought process leading up to his decision was carefully expounded, and everything that happened after was carefully researched. The writing was detailed yet precise, letting us really see everything that was happening. I loved this book. I love how all the different subjects were handled, how touching this story was while still being fun. Sundquist wrote a great story, and I can't wait to see what he comes out with next.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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**
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Love and First Sight" is a sweet story of Will, a teenage boy who is trying, often against his mother's hovering, to forge his way to independence. He has been blind since birth and his parents (particularly his mother) are really protective of him. When he was 5, he was playing a game against another child who was cheating (a 5yo cheating? Color me shocked!), and this led to some striking life conclusions that he cannot rely on anyone else/life is hard. I was a bit surprised that this was the catalyst for life changes, as I can't tell you how many kids I've seen cheat on Battleship and other board games in my day, and it didn't usually have to do with eyesight. Kids cheat. Anyway, this was when his family decided to send him to a boarding school for blind children. The big upsides to this are that they taught him a lot about how to navigate the world as someone without eyesight. Now that he is 16 and aching for independence, Will has decided to enroll in his local public school. He needs to learn how to get around people who are not also blind/taking care. Like any new student, there are some mishaps on the first day, but he recovers well. As he cannot see where he is looking, a girl in his journalism class thinks he is staring at her and starts to cry. To make it up to her, he volunteers to accompany her to the museum showing Van Gogh paintings for her story. They bond over her ability to communicate why people like paintings in a way that makes sense (e.g. referring to sounds instead of visual comparisons). It ends awkwardly, but this begins a beautiful friendship. Will can tell there is something up with Cecily- everyone treats her differently and she makes ad nauseum remarks about appearance- but no one outright tells him what it is. Alright, so now he has the opportunity to undergo some experimental surgeries to regain his eyesight and he does (as per the synopsis). He has to relearn everything, and typically, as the author mentions in his note and through the father, this does not go well- the plastic period for vision is past and the visual cortex has never performed accordingly. It goes better than I would anticipate but it makes for a cute story. Anyway, once he finds out what is "wrong" with Cecily, Will feels betrayed by the fact that she didn't tell him, but as she points out we don't all admit our flaws right away- hers is just one that people usually see. Will is pretty sensitive about being taken advantage of for his blindness (see story about cheating with 5yos), so there is a big bump in the road there, which I thought seemed a little silly compared to their relationship but does align with teenage drama. I laughed so many times during this book and loved how adorkable Will and Cecily were. The romance is slow between them, and I liked the build-up, which was in stark contrast to the usual insta-love you so often find these days. The book is a fast read- I read it in a couple hours this afternoon- but the pace is perfect! It's a really enjoyable read, and I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author. I would be curious to know if this matches up what someone who is blind would experience, but it seems really well researched. Overall, it's fantastically sweet and charming. A perfect cozy winter or beachy read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.