About the book:
Author: Priscilla Cummings
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
In many ways, Natalie O’Reilly is a typical fourteen-year-old girl. But a routine visit to the eye doctor produces devastating news: Natalie will lose her sight within a few short months.
Suddenly her world is turned upside down. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn skills such as Braille and how to use a cane. Outwardly, she does as she’s told; inwardly, she hopes for a miracle that will free her from a dreaded life of blindness.
But the miracle does not come, and Natalie ultimately must confront every blind person’s dilemma. Will she go home to live scared? Or will she embrace the skills she needs to make it in a world without sight?
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Scholastic flyers distributed at my school!
Review: This book was amazing, I have no words! One thing I have to say is that this book is unlike anything I have ever read! This book is in no way cliche (there’s nothing like it, it’s like an exquisite pearl) and for those who need a bit of a break from romance books (yeah, most YA books I have read have at least a smidgen), this book does not really have much of it! Blindsided focuses on a girl named Natalie O’Reilly, who was born without an iris in her eye and as her vision decreases, she finds out that all her remaining vision would eventually vanish, so she is sent to a boarding school for the blind. Natalie, at first, was very reluctant to attend the school. She believed that she could deal with her failing vision on her own, and was determined that the doctors were wrong about her eyesight. But after she is sent and meets other visually impaired kids her age that she could relate to, she realizes that going there was only for the better, and that without going to the school, she wouldn’t have known how to cope once the darkness of being completely blind crept up on her. I feel like Natalie was so strong during all her hard times, and really pulled through everything well! Even knowing that the doctors were certain that she would become blind, she was very optimistic and only hoped for the best! I know that I would be terrified if my doctor told me I would lose all my vision, and for this reason, Natalie is a great role model! I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any teens who are interested in becoming more aware about the struggles that blind people face, or anyone who is just looking for an interesting, unique contemporary read!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
30 Day Book Challenge:
Today’s prompt is my favourite female character. I think that would have to be Penny from the Girl Online series! (Boy, am I in love with that series! Click here for a review on the first book!) I felt like I have really gotten to know Penny well while reading about her in Zoe Sugg’s books. She is such a lovable character, and very relatable, too! Also, her blog was one of the reasons why I was inspired to create my own!