Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen - ADVISABLE

Chen, Justina  A Blind Spot for Boys, 321 pgs.  Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.  $18.00  Content:  Language: R (13 swears; 1 “F”); Violence: PG; Mature Content: PG-13.   

Shana’s passion is photography, something she shares with her dad, so when her Dad is told that he is going blind Shana struggles with the change in her family.  Their family decides to go to Machu Picchu a big last minute trip before Shana’s dad goes blind.  Shana is also trying to deal with her heartbreak from months past, when a college boy broke her heart in a secret relationship that they didn’t tell anyone about.   But when Shana meets Quattro and their paths keep intersecting, Shana thinks she is ready to move on, but Quattro has heavy baggage of his own.  

 I thought this book had great messages about family and learning to deal with hard times.  The book isn’t just another fluffy teenage romance, I felt like it had depth and I even found myself crying in parts.  My only minor issue is at the beginning the author name drops people that she hasn’t introduced fully as characters and it takes a bit of reading to establish who those minor characters are—it’s annoying, but all is forgiven because it was a good read.  It has one “F” bomb-ugh-but it fit in the context of the story.  At one point the main character is secretly dating a guy who is twenty-two while she is fifteen (the guy didn’t know, but the age difference is WAY too much) and I felt like that brought the book down to optional for middle school.    

MS-OPTIONAL, HS-ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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