Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

Blind by Rachel DeWoskinBlind by Rachel DeWoskin
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on August 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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two-half-stars

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

 

Just before starting high school, Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a fireworks accident at a 4th of July party. She must relearn everything, come to terms with what has happened, and find a way to move forward.

Blind got off to a great start, with a solid storyline and content. Emma’s character is nicely developed. I was taken along on her journey to figure out, suddenly and dramatically, how to live without her sight. Emma helped me understand all of the emotions that come along with such a shock, especially with feeling completely dependent again right at the time in a teenager’s life when one typically begins to gain more independence.

However, the novel is just over 400 pages, and yes, it’s Young Adult. That didn’t bother me going in; I’ve been delighted by so many YA authors who write in a manner appealing to all ages. Sadly, Blind didn’t transcend the YA label in that way. That’s okay. The premise and story and character development are strengths of this book. The writing itself, if you’re wanting beautiful sentences or interesting word choice, not so much. The dialogue and characters felt realistic; teenagers are likely to relate very well and enjoy the novel. As an adult looking for a substantial, thought-provoking YA read? I felt the beginning and the end of the story delivered, but at 400 pages, the bulk of the novel wasn’t as richly layered as I’d hoped.

two-half-stars