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There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this tim...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Blythe
I've been tricked! Bamboozled! Played! *goes to look up other synonyms for tricked* Cheated! Conned! Deceived! Duped! Flimflammed (that's my favorite)! Swindled!

But most of all, I've been disappointed. Disappointed that I went into Blind Spot thinking it'd be, well... good, disappointed in what it actually ended up being, and also, disappointed that it wasn't what it could have been. And what this could have been is so, so much more than it was.

Your enjoyment in this novel boils down to one ma...more
Giselle
Blind Spot was definitely not the thrilling murder mystery I had first envisioned, but because of some recent reviews I was forewarned, and I was expecting about what we got: A crazy contemporary regarding extreme teenage drama, drugs, special ed class, and an insane, mind boggling mess.

We have a girl, Roz, who has an eye disease that causes her to see spots in her vision--imagine looking at the sun too long. This part of the story was saddening and made me appreciate what we don't always reali...more
♥Rachel♥
3.5 Stars.

Just as there are stars in the day sky that you can’t see until nightfall, I realized, there were things right there in front of me that I’d missed. *

And that is a central theme to this story.

I found Blind Spot an engrossing read with a realistic protagonist, and a story that put me on the edge of my seat, and made me a little anxious. It isn’t a perfect story, but it was fascinating enough to make me read it in one sitting.

Sixteen year old Roz find herself in the middle of a murder...more
Addie R.
DNF

Stopped on page 188.
Those characters were just horrible. And I don't mean the way they were developed, but they just literally had me wanting to rip my hair out and slap them silly.
The mystery didn't really hook me either.
Shame cus it really had an intriguing premise.

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Brian
I was fortunate to receive an early ARC of this October debut, and I just about devoured it. I was on a trip with my family to my little brother’s graduation (he goes to college about 9 hours away), and I was very happy to read this along the way, but I was pretty upset when I was slated to drive around town all weekend! Not because I didn’t want to drive (as I somewhat knew the town), but because it meant I had to put this book down! So, let’s get into it.

The book opens with the middle of the p...more
Beth
Roswell Hart can't remember anything about the night her classmate Tricia Farni died, and she needs to start remembering soon - her life depends upon it.

Roz is used to living in a hazy world. Macular degeneration has caused her vision to fail her on many occasions, but on the night Tricia disappeared, it's Roz's memory that fails her, not her vision. All Roz can remember from that night is that she and Tricia had a fight. What happens after that is completely erased from her memory.

But when Tric...more
Ashelynn
3.5 rating

You can read my full review here.

I had my difficulties with Blind Spot by Laura Ellen. For one, I hated Mr. Dellian, a teacher that deals with the special education classes (and AP history, I think.) It was SO frustration that he was out to get Roz. WHY? What did Roz do to him? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY FREAKING NOTHING.

It’s frustrating when someone clearly has a vendetta against one and it isn’t explain—and even more frustrating when it’s a teacher against a student. There should be NO REA...more
Isamlq
Things went from confusing to mysterious to frustrating and unfair and then to so utterly stupid. Granted the ‘stupid’ came in, much later, but it’s also on its account that my appreciation for things in BLIND SPOT died a quick and unexpected death. Seriously though it’s been a long while since I’ve been disappointed in a book’s turn out!

It’s all very complicated from the start for Roz with absent father and overworked mother, the girl’s got a chip on her shoulder the size of Mt. Rushmore! With...more
Shari
3.5 stars

Roz's character is unlike any other that I have ever read. She wants to be "normal" so badly and is beyond angry that the school has decided to put her in a class of kids that she deems definitely not "normal". Little does she know that these kids have a lot more to offer than she ever thought.

The mystery surrounding Tricia's murder is full of plot twists right up until the moment that I had that unmistakable "ah ha" moment.

An interesting, captivating YA mystery. Totally worth the read...more
Ina
Set in a small Alaska town, this story centers on 16-year-old Roz, and her high school friends. There is the usual cast of high school characters with the typical high school issues and experiences: Dances, parties, relationships, betrayal, class assignments, teacher hassles, teasing. When Roz, who has macular degeneration, an eye condition that renders her legally blind, is placed in a special ed class her life changes dramatically. She comes face to face with drugs, secrets and the disappearan...more
Charlie
Author Laura Ellen primes Blind Spot perfectly showing how thematic incorporation doesn't have to be obscure to be substantially complex. Like most young adult novels, Blind Spot sports a high school setting with a misfit hero. However, what makes this book stand out is the use of a physical disability to communicate perception, an interesting concept approached in multiple ways throughout the book. It may seem obvious, but given some thought and with a little direction from the author, so much...more
Medeia Sharif
Roz has a condition called macular degeneration. There are spots in her vision and she has to mainly use her peripheral vision, as well as her memory, to see her surroundings. When Roz awakens after a party she can’t fully remember, she finds out that one of her classmates, Tricia, has disappeared and is later found dead. People are telling her different accounts of what happened that night. Roz trusts the wrong people and gets involved in a crime in her pursuit of the truth.

The characters in th...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

I feel the need to start off this review by saying that Laura Ellen's Blind Spot was a strange beast for me. I sat down on a Sunday morning and was thrown into this world that I had quite a few issues with. I couldn't find one redeeming character in the bunch & as I look back their actions are just baffling, as well, the pacing was all over the place. That being said, I couldn't put it down. I read it in a single sitting and I was very engross...more
Stacey B.
4.5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This was such a great book. I was sucked into the story line right from the beginning. Nothing seems to go right for Roz (the main character) and I felt for her and was rooting for her the whole way through.



CHARACTERS: Tricia was an interesting character. She had her ups and downs and I wasn't sure if I liked her or if I didn't like her. I loved to hate Mr. Dellian. I was appalled at the way he treated Roz and was fascinated to see the things he was able to get away with...more
Once Upon
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I have to admit, this is not what I was expecting. Blind Spot is not as thrilling as I expected for a mystery book. Yet for some reason, it pulled my attention and I read this in one seat.

In Blind Spot, we meet sixteen-year-old Roz. She is one special kid, with an eye disease. I loved her since the beginning. Roz is strong. She manages to do things without anyone assistance. She is the type of person that inspires people. I felt fond of her character as the story proceeded. Most of a...more
Olivia Frank
The Blind Spot was a very confusing book. I had a lot of trouble following with the order of events that had occurred. Even though the book was confusing I still reading it because I had that urging feel to figure out what had happened to Tricia. I was still interested in the book. I was always wondering how she died. If she was murdered or if she had committed suicide or even overdosed on drugs. I had a feeling that Roz might have killed her because she did has that disability so I did think sh...more
Evie
While certainly entertaining and quite captivating, Blind Spot is hardly an edge-of-your-seat murder mystery. That wouldn't necessary be a bad thing, if it wasn't marketed as one. And it really isn't a bad book, in fact, I quite enjoyed all the drama. And though I expected something entirely different (based on the synopsis), I still had fun reading about the silly love affairs, betrayals and backstabbings, troubled teens and vengeful teachers. Most of all, I found the premise of the book really...more
Alex
Fair warning: If you go into this book expecting a murder mystery, you will be disappointed.

Luckily for me, I went into this expecting nothing and ended up loving it. No, it wasn't a suspenseful mystery like the description claims, but it was a great read. I stayed up way too late trying to finish it, as I just couldn't put it down. I had to know how everything would turn out!

The ending was kind of lackluster, though, and left a lot of unanswered questions, which is annoying. I also can't belie...more
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
Disappointing. The way the legal blindness is dealt with is the most exciting aspect of this book, which is a terrible thing considering it's a murder mystery. (view spoiler)...more
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and it comes out just in time for my birthday (or for me to review if I get it early ;-) )
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Blind Spot was so, so different from what I was expecting based on the synopsis - and the cover, too, actually. We find out int he beginning that the body of Tricia Farni has been found, after her long disappearance, but then the story goes back in time to introduce the characters. We meet Roz who's just starting her sophomore year, her first year without her best friend after their friendship rec...more
Liviania
BLIND SPOT came out in October, but I've just now gotten around to it. It was a difficult read for me. I wanted to know what happened, but there was a character in particular who made me so mad that I had to keep setting the book down. Really, that's a compliment to Laura Ellen. She made me feel, even if I didn't always like what I felt.

BLIND SPOT begins when Roswell "Roz" Hart hears that Tricia Farni's body has been found and she finally starts questioning her own memories and why she can't rec...more
Jennifer
This was such an enjoyable book. I had a really hard time setting it down because I needed to know who did it (even though I thought I knew the whole time, I was wrong!!!!) There were a couple of things that irritated me, but not too badly. I really like Laura Ellen's writing style and you could tell that she knew a lot about Roz's disability (since she has experience with it herself). I felt bad for Roz. Having bad vision myself (not as bad as her) I hate not being able to see things, I will ac...more
Jenea Whittington
Roswell Hart can not remember anything from the night that Tricia Farni died, the bigger problem is that she needs to, because she was one of the last people to see her alive.

Our story is surrounding Roz, who suffers from a muscular degenerative disease affecting her eyes. So she is used to living in a world that always appears hazy. After learning about her condition, she lost her place on the softball team and her best friend. Even though her school year has been fairly crappy, she still keep...more
Kayla Eklund
First of all, I must say something about the gorgeous cover. I love all the different colors in the eye. The contrast of the dark eye-lashes, and eye on the pale skin drew me in right away. I have mixed feelings about the book though. The story line was fantastic. It drew me in until I finished it at about 3 a.m., reading it in just four hours. I'm going to try to make this rant as spoiler free as possible. The ending really made me mad. I thought Tricia, as a character, deserved a better ending...more
Sarah
Blind Spot is an amazingly well written and layered story that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
Laura Ellen has created vivid characters that stay with you. Roz is a very real character who makes a lot of poor choices. I found myself wanting to yell at her repeatedly. (This is the sign that an author has achieved the ultimate goal: making you care about the character.)
Greg is one of the best teen characters I've seen in current literature. If only there were more Gregs in the wor...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book completely turned out different than what I thought it be. Instead, I was consume by an awesome plot that brought a great mystery I just had to solve.

What I loved most about the story is the great plot. Filled with non-stop good drama and a mystery you can't help but immerse yourself in Roz shoe's. So much memory lost, so many clues to put together. For me, it is good to see the main character out of the loop along with the reader. Watching all the pieces come together is wonderful.

The...more
Cheryl
Roz has macular degeneration. A condition that results in the loss of vision in the center of the eye. This usually makes it hard for the person to see very well. In fact Roz is considered “legally blind” by the DMV. With this condition, Roz can come off as being snobbish as she does not make eye contact with anyone. Roz just wants to be normal. That is hard to do with you are stuck taking “Life Skills” class. A class for people with disabilities to learn how to interact with others. One plus ab...more
Awurama
i really did enjoy this book. i have a stack of books beside my bed and most of them i haven't read so when i saw this last night, i decided to read it since i wanted to get rid of the books (i have another stack of books i finished reading in a bag, waiting to go back to the library; i read alot). at first, i thought this book was going to be a little boring since some of the books i have are like that. the moment i began reading, i couldn't put the book down and i saw it was 12:39 by the time...more
Victoria
This is YA novels sucks you in from the very first page! Roswell, or Roz, with her uniquely impaired vision and stubborn attitude makes for a surprisingly sympathetic narrator as she tries to uncover the truth about the untimely death of a classmate, Tricia Farni. Roz feels authentically teenaged, with her motivations and reactions striking familiar chords. Her attitude, mistakes and vulnerability all combine to paint her in a very realistic way. Each character comes to life in a similarly three...more
Shauna
I was very excited to have won an ARC for this book a few weeks ago. Even signed by the author :) I actually stayed up late last night to finish this book. I could not put it down!



It has a "Girl, Interrupted" feel to it except for the YA crowd. Roz, who is fully capable is stuck in the special ed class because of her eyesight and feels she really doesn't belong. Tricia is the crazy girl dancing in the hallways in a cape. They impact each others lives without being aware of it and Roz does everyt...more
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