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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,712 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Natalie O'Reilly's world is turned upside down with the news that she will soon go blind. As if this weren't shocking enough, she is forced to face the fact that she must now attend a school for the blind to learn Braille and how to use a cane. As Natalie tackles the skills that will help her to survive in a sighted world, she inwardly hopes for a miracle ...more
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Puffin
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Jan 05, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.25

It took a while for Natalie to come to terms with what was going to happen to her sight, but I can understand completely why it would. I don't think I'd be able to cope very well at all knowing that I was preparing for being completely blind.

This could be a bit slow at times, but it was an interesting read.
Alisha Marie
I really liked the premise of Blindsided. I honestly can't even imagine how it is to be blind. It must be especially difficult for someone who is used to having vision and then slowly lose it. And then to completely lose it while you're a teenager must make it that much harder to adapt with everything else that goes on in your life. That being said, I think that Blindsided is one of those books where the overall plot doesn't reach the potential that it can.

Blindsided is a very educational book.
Mar 23, 2013 Portia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an Amazing book introducing you to the world of the blind. It really opens your eyes and shows you what its like to be blind and can't see your future [literary]! Natalie overcomes the fact that she is blind and won't be able to do the things that normal people do. She doesn't want to take the fact that she's gonna be blind. Since she is loosing her vision little by little she needs to learn the techniques of a blind person to go on with the rest of her life. This book is an amazing ...more
Apr 21, 2016 ADRIANA RUIZ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I liked it because it taught me a lesson to never give up. It was pretty sad almost at the end.
May 03, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Blindsided is about Natalie, who, at first, appears to be a perfectly normal 14yr old. But one of her regular visits to the doctor brings grave news: Natalie will lose her sight. She is sent to the school of the blind, where she has to choose between living scared or living life.

I decided to read this book because it was different from what I usually read. It completes the category of term 1's theme: social injustice. The book talks about Natalie's physical and mental struggles as she loses her
Jennifer Wardrip
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Natalie is slowly losing her eyesight. When she was about eight, she started to stumble and walk into things. Born without irises, the part that controls the amount of light allowed into the eye, the pressure is continuing to grow. Having endured multiple surgeries and continuous eye drops, Natalie prays that she won't go totally blind.

But a few weeks before school is to start, she receives the worst possible news. There is nothing more they can do for Nata
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I picked this book up in 2012, I think it was a book swap. This was another one that got put onto my shelf and left. I piked it up several times to read and would put it back down again. I finally managed to tackle some of my TBR shelf, and Blindsided finally made it into my hands.

I didn't really know what to expect from Blindsided, this being my first book by the author, Patricia Cummings, but I found myself really getting stuck into this book. The idea behind the story is sad, and seeing the s
Britt Leigh
Apr 09, 2010 Britt Leigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
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Jul 08, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Natalie has been losing her sight since she was eight. She is still able to see in a tunneled form, but then receives the news that she will lose her sight completely in a short period of time. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn the skills she will need to have when she is blind. She is taught Braille and how to walk with a cane. But she doesn’t consider herself in the same situation as the other teens at the school. They are blind and she is not. She does learn the skills, but i ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cummings does an excellent job of presenting the practical side of becoming blind as a teenager - the logistics of moving to a school across the state, the new curriculum, the frustration at having to essentially learn a whole new language (Braille) and how to function in the world. I found these insights interesting, but considering they make up the bulk of the novel, not enough to create a compelling story.

Far too much emphasis is placed on amazement at what blind people can do - walk a whole
I'm giving this three stars because it has a good message for teens, but I didn't like it that much.

The first thing that really put me off was the description on the back of the book. It makes you think Natalie didn't have a clue she was about to go blind. Well, she'd been told for years she would lose her sight, she was just in denial. But she had a genetic condition that caused glaucoma, and even after seven surgeries she was hoping she wouldn't go blind.

So, false advertising. Not cool.

Anika Padha
Sep 10, 2015 Anika Padha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book sososososososososo much. It was sad but beautiful.
Bella Rosenfeld
Jan 28, 2017 Bella Rosenfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how this book shed some light on a topic that I find is not usually written about. Going blind. This book came from the point of view from a girl who has been slowly losing her sight all her life. She transfers to a boarding school for the blind soon before she loses her sight completely. While Natalie learns about being blind, you learn about this topic as well. Now that I have finished this book, I can really tell that Natalie is a very well rounded character that was very interesting ...more
K. M. R.
Oct 27, 2010 K. M. R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2010 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The summer before my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to go to Alaska. I got to see killer whales, glaciers and all kinds of fish up close. The following spring, I went to Paris with my French class. I got to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Le Chateau de Chambord, World War II monuments and so many other things. I thought of these experiences while reading Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings.

What if I had not been able to see all of that? It would have been a totally different ex
Erika the Nerd
Aug 31, 2016 Erika the Nerd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Blindsided is about a girl who's born with a disease that causes her to slowly lose her sight. She has to adjust to a whole new world, "a parallel universe," is what she calls it. Natalie is forced to go to the school for the blind, even though she is in denial about losing her sight. Natalie needs to quickly adjust before she goes blind. Natalie has to finally accept the fact that she's goind blind and has to learn the skills she needs to get through life.
One of my favorite character
Dec 24, 2012 Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very different than other books that I've read. For one, it's about a girl who loses her sight and now that I think about it I think it's really weird I haven't read a book about someone with a disability. Ever since I was little I've always thought about the perspectives of other people and wondered what it felt like to not have one of your senses.

Blindsided opened my eyes to so many things about the perspective of being blind that I had never even considered before. Aside from th
Heather Winn
Feb 11, 2015 Heather Winn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so, *ahem* this was a book that I assigned to a lit circle in my class without having read it myself. I trusted the fellow teacher who had recommended it, and had all intentions to get it read before my students touched it. Needless to say, that's not quite what happened. Happily, the recommend-er knew her stuff, and this was a great fit for the group I assigned it to.

The premise is simple enough: Natalie is losing her sight. She goes to a special school to equip her to make the transition f
Sep 20, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A very early childhood favorite of mine was a simple book called Follow My Leader about a boy who goes blind from an accident and has to learn to do everything over again. Blindsided was a more nuanced, teenage version of this book, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much.

I think if I hadn't had that early association I might have only given this book three stars. The dramatic plot twists are a bit overdone, in that I think the author could have chosen something less violent and... well... dra
Cindy Zheng
Mar 06, 2013 Cindy Zheng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 06, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie was born with a congenital eye disease, and she knows she will eventually go blind. By the time she is in high school, the disease advances, and her sight quickly fades. It is very hard for her to accept, she is just about to get her driver's license, go to her first prom, and enjoy all of the things teens with normal sight enjoy. Her parents have no choice but to enroll her in a school for the blind. She fights it at first, insisting she'll be fine, but quickly sees, she needs to learn ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I enjoyed this one, as I do most stories of this type. Cummings has a good voice, and she wrote pretty well developed characters. Natalie is a realistic character, and I could understand what she must have felt and gone through. I got to watch her grow, accept, and her desire to overcome shine through in the end.
Some of the events in the book could have been foreshadowed a little less and they would have had a greater effect on me, but that doesn't detract too much. I also wish that I could h
Jan 17, 2011 Ayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a whim. It's definitely not how the description says it is: what it's really about is a blind girl who is learning how to use a cane and how to read Braille.

Her acceptance of being blind is sudden and unrealistic: one fall down some stairs and suddenly she's perfectly fine with being blind. Her blindness was even unrealistic: the doctors in the book said her vision would deteriorate over time, yet her blindness seemed to come overnight. Is this a plot hole? Or did the a
Taylar Kelly
Priscilla Cummings book"Blindsided" Is a great book.The main character,Natalie,is an average fourteen year old, with the exception of one condition.She is going blind from glaucoma.Natalie's family decides to send her to a special school for the blind,where it will prepare her for the day when her visions becomes worse and than completely blind.Natalie is surrounded by other kids who are blind.She Beings to feel like she will be fine as long as she can maintain the vision that she has.However,Na ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Lill'n rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book! (But seriously, what book don't I love?) It was such an inspiring story.

As I was reading this book I developed a fondness for Natalie and especially Bree. When Bree died, I had tears in my eyes.

I find it cute how Jake had an obvious crush on Natalie and liked how Natalie learned so much about the blind. She realized that they were normal people to.

I don't like how Natalie gave up so easily. I think that after Bree died, she should have trie
Anastasia L.
Dec 03, 2014 Anastasia L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie seems like a normal girl but she really isnt. She was bron without a iris and after a eye checkup, they say she's going to lose her vision and she must learn the needs to survive when the day comes. Natalie's life now is turned inside out when she goes to the school and has to learn how to use a cane and she has a mysterious room mate that won't tell her how she became blind. Will Natalie ever accept that she will become blind?

I really enjoyed this book. The carather was well described a
Jul 24, 2013 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Born without irises in her eyes, Natalie is gradually going blind. She has fought the idea of blindness all her life and is angry at the thought of leaving her friends, her high school, and her family goat farm to attend a boarding school for the blind in Baltimore. The certainty of going blind forces her decision even though she refuses to believe she's going to lose the little sight she has left.

At school she meets an assortment of kids whose similarities appear to be only in their need to lea
Lauryn Hull
Oct 02, 2014 Lauryn Hull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blindsided is an extraordinary book about coming to terms with who you really are, and accepting it. Natalie O'Reilly is a typical 14 year old girl. One that wants to fit in with everyone and to feel accepted. But you can't if you're blind. It all happens when she goes to her eye doctor for a regular visit, and finds out that she will lose all of her eyesight in a few months. She is devastated, and even though she didn't lose her eyesight , she has to go to a special school to learn the skills t ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Hadley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings. This book is about a girl name Natalie. She is just like a normal teenage girl except that she is slowly losing her vision. At one of her eye doctor appointments one of her biggest fears is revealed; Natalie is soon going to be completely blind! Her parents decide to send her to a school for the blind to learn to use a cane and learn braille. Natalie is devastated. She does not think she will go blind. Will Natalie make friends and decide to sta ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a good perspective on what being blind is like. It talked about many everyday obstacles blind people have... things people just take for granted. They find ways to get around the obstacles.

Natalie has a problem with her eyes. She has no iris and also has glaucoma. Her vision is fading and it is fading fast. She goes to a school in Baltimore to help her learn Braille, using a cane, and regular school subjects. The school helps her prepare for her worst fear, going blind. One day she
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