When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she's about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why - in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma's darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin's brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the listener into the life and experience of another.
©2014 Rachel DeWoskin (P)2014 Listening Library
The reader's voice was pleasant, youthful & would appeal to young adult readers. As the mother of a daughter who lost her vision at 15, the storyline mirrored her experience & many of the thoughts were similar to hers as she regained her confidence as a newly physically challenged teen. Touching on teen issues of suicide, drug use, relationships, and family, this book should be recommended reading for teenagers.
I think the story had potential, though perhaps it might have been more effective if Emma had been born blind, rather than (like most fiction involving blind characters) an accident caused her blindness.
I liked some of the humour, as well as the descriptions of some of the adjustments that Emma had to go through. I didn't like Emma's pity parties (I would never drive a car, have a job, get married, lose my virginity...") While there are moments of this in every blind person's life, I found that she used this as an excuse. And taking Spark to school? Her behavior in this regard both shows her immaturity and could cause damage to ACTUAL blind high school students who have guide dogs...
I loved her as a narrator. I am just sorry that she cut her teeth on this book.
No. As a blind person myself, I have mixed emotions about blind people portrayed in literature and movies. I don't expect all authors to get it completely right, but I do expect someone who spent time around blind people not to get it THIS wrong...
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