Release date: January 3rd 2017
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 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?
I was a little hesitant going into this book but I ended up finding myself getting sucked right into the plot and into the lives of the characters. It was easy to read and was a great choice to pick up after having read quite a few heavier books in a row.
Will was very likeable and I fell in love with his sense of humour. The book was very focused on Will’s journey of attending high school for the first time and a new procedure that would allow him to see, and what that would mean for him. He had the chance to see but would it change him? I enjoyed reading about him with the group of friends he found at his new school. They were a bunch of misfits that just really fit well together.
I liked the connection between Will and Cecily. To me, it didn’t matter if they stayed friends or became lovers as long as they stayed together in some way. They just got each other. Mrs Everbrook, the journalism teacher, was amazing and I loved that she didn’t treat Will any differently than she treated her other students.
Another thing I liked was that the surgery aspect was only introduced after we really got a sense of who Will was, about a third or so into the book. The procedure would have many risks and be life-changing. The way it was described when Will could see for the first time was amazing. There was enough science and medical explanation to feel realistic but stopped before it got too complicated.
Overall, it felt like the author did a lot of research for this book and it showed. It was a very good choice as I really needed something a little lighter to read and this delivered.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.