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Open Heart (Farsighted #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, loves her so much he'd do any ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Blue Crown Press
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Melissa Storm
Wait, what's this? The next book in my series. Cool!
❋ Sylvia ❋
Feb 25, 2012 ❋ Sylvia ❋ rated it it was amazing
omg omg omg omg! the cover alone is breathtaking! I cannot wait for this book to come out! Oh and I'm in love with the whole love triangle, I'm so for team Simmi and Dax. Don't get me wrong I love Alex he's probably my favorite character along with Shapri, and I'm more in love with the idea of those two hooking up than the latter :D
I know this book isn't out yet, but I'm still going to give the cover and the blurb a 5 stars because the story line has changed from one narrative to another, which
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TheFountainPenDiva
Firstly, many thanks to the awesome Emlyn Chand for offering an Advanced Reader Copy of Open Heart to her blog followers. Some of us (*me*) lack the patience to wait until it’s released. I scarfed this book down in the span of two days, highly upset that things like work and sleeping kept getting in the damn way.

Emlyn Chand gets major kudos for writing a series of books that aren’t Caucasian-centric. I don't get why so many YA fiction authors (and genre fiction writers in general) seem to write
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b00k r3vi3ws
Mar 09, 2012 b00k r3vi3ws rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
The first thing that I want to clarify is that this review maybe a bit biased. I know we, reviewers, are supposed to be unbiased and fair. But in this case I cannot help it. I absolutely loved Farsighted and I am even more partial to Open Heart because it is narrated from Simmi’s point of view. And well, Emlyn Chand has done it again!
The first thing that stands out in this book is its characters. We have a few new characters introduced to us in this second installment. The biggest advantage of h
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Kira McFadden
May 15, 2012 Kira McFadden rated it it was amazing
The second novel in the Farsighted series has quite a bit to live up to. After reading a coming-of-age tale from the point-of-view of a blind psychic, Emlyn Chand’s Open Heart’s point-of-view character, Simran “Simmi” Kaur Shergill, had to maintain the steady flow of the Farsighted plot and action. This is not always easy to accomplish when the point-of-view is from a young woman struggling to love her image and herself. Because of her clairsentience, Simmi is able to make others feel better, bu ...more
Jill Cooper
Feb 16, 2012 Jill Cooper rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it in a day, give or take a few, and just wanted to find out what happened next. There is a paranormal aspect to this book, a mystery that controls the aspects of the characters lives but it takes a backseat to them and their relationships.

It takes the same characters from Farsighted, but now we're inside Simmi's head instead of Alex's. Simmi is a sympathetic lead and one I wanted to be friends with and kill at the same time. She's hard on herself like alot of teen girl
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Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Open Heart eliminated any doubts I had about the Farsighted series. Simmi’s story completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Open Heart picks up where Farsighted left off. Dax is now living with Alex and has become the latest torn in his side. At this point, I’ve become immune to Alex’s sullenness and since the story isn’t from his point of view, I was able to whip right through this one. In Farsighted Simmi was presented the way Alex saw her: Nice & Sweet. But there’s so much mor ...more
Nadine Larter
May 25, 2012 Nadine Larter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh I don't know where to begin! I usually start by mentioning that I never read YA books and therefore never feel particularly qualified to offer an opinion on them, but considering the amount of YA books that I have read in the last six months I think it is safe to assume that this is no longer true.

I read Farsighted #1 last year and liked it just fine...but you know what I love about THIS particular book? I just can't stop thinking "Damn Ms Chand - you've outdone yourself!" Simmi's characte
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Miruš
Apr 06, 2012 Miruš rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, e-books
3,5*/5
I will be honest. I didnt like this one as much as Farsighted. Farsighted was so sooo much better.
My main problem in this book was Simmi. That girl was just getting on my nerves. I didnt like her. She was so unsympathetic. She was doing one stupidity after another. She thougt about herself how ugly, fat etc., she is. Damn it, when I am not satisfied with myself, Ill do something about it. And throwing up isnt a solution. Plus she hates herself. How can I like someone who hates himself?

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Trini
Mar 06, 2013 Trini rated it really liked it
Simmi has a lot of issues to overcome in this story. With her eating disorder, low self-esteem, self-doubt, true feelings, hidden feelings and relationships her life seems to be in a constant state of uncertainty. I both love and hate her in this story. I guess I shouldn’t say hate, maybe the perfect word is frustrated.
It seems Alex couldn’t catch a break in this book. A lot of things in this story didn’t go as he would have liked and I couldn’t help but shake my head at some of his solutions to
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Rita
Apr 06, 2012 Rita rated it it was amazing
The author gave me an ARC ebook for free. This book was great. I loved it. I enjoyed reading the story through Simmi's point of view and learning of the struggles she faces in her everyday life. I pasted my teenage years many years ago but can still relate to her character with some of her insecurities and problems she is facing. Some nice twists in the book too or at least some things I didn't see coming while reading Farsighted as told through Alex's point of view. Emlyn Chand knows how to wri ...more
Mallory
Feb 14, 2012 Mallory rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read. If you liked Farsighted, you will love Open Heart.

This novel is engaging and has a good pace throughout the book, keeping the reader's interest. The twists in the story are done well and make one eager for the next installment in this series.

I think the character of Simmi was very well done. She is very dynamic. I found myself hating her through most of the book, yet still liking the book. The glimpse into the mindset of a teenage girl with an eating disorder is e
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Maysam
Feb 29, 2012 Maysam rated it liked it
can't wait to read it!!!!
Nai
Apr 16, 2012 Nai rated it it was amazing
In order to save time later in the week, I'm going to write this review as I read it. Now that I'm more familiar with Emlyn's writing style, I think this is appropriate, also I'm super excited to share another good book with you.

First, you can find Emlyn Chand here: at www.emlynchand.com On her site, she has tons of links and fun things to do including quizzes and links to her twitter, Goodreads profile and son on.

Part 1: Root

First, I'll have to point out that the Farsighted series is very vis
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Abigail
Aug 14, 2012 Abigail rated it it was amazing

I love reading book series and was especially excited to be able to read them as part of two book tours for Ms. Emlyn Chand. I am so happy I did, especially now that I have finished Open Heart.


One thing I do want to say before I go into the review of Open Heart are the new cover for Farsighted and collection of covers for the rest of the series are amazingly beautiful. I was privy to be able to do a cover reveal for not only Open Heart but the upcoming third novel due out Spring of 2013. I now h

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Jenny - Book Sojourner
Dec 29, 2012 Jenny - Book Sojourner rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, e-arc
Open Heart picks up where Farsighted left off, a few months later. Alex and Simmi are still dating, and are getting ready to start the next school year. Dax has been living with Alex and his family. Alex, despite most everyone's acceptance of Dax and Alex's father's reassurances that Dax is being honest, still doesn't like or trust him and has been keeping Simmi away from him. Whereas Farsighted was from Alex's POV, Open Heart is from Simmi's. I like that the author decided to change the POV for ...more
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Originally posted here (scroll down for Englihs): http://theloyalbook.blogspot.it/2013/...

Open Heart è il secondo libro della serie Farsighted (la recensione del primo volume la potete trovare QUI) e devo dire che è decisamente diverso. In primo luogo per il cambio di voce narrante; se nel primo è Alex che ci conduce dentro la storia, questa volta è Simmi, la sua ragazza indiana, a raccontare gli eventi. Inoltre anche il focus mi sembra leggermente cambiato: nel primo libro ci si concentra sulla
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Cherie
Dec 05, 2012 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4stars
Each book in the Farsighted series is written from the point of view of a different character. The first book, Farsighted, was written from the POV of Alex, a blind teenager who develops psychic powers that allow him to "see" flashes of events. He develops a crush on Simmi, another gifted teen who has clairsentience. That means that she can sense and manipulate the emotions of others. This second book in the series is written from Simmi's POV.

In Farsighted, we only see Simmi through Alex's eyes.
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Marie Kuhlman
May 29, 2012 Marie Kuhlman rated it it was amazing
The Farsighted Series is a unique series about ... well a lot of things, by my dear friend Emlyn Chand. When I read the first book (see my previous posts here), I read it from cover to cover (so to speak since it was on the Kindle app of my iPhone) in one sitting - something that I can easily do but haven't done for a long time (with the exception of the books from the Harry Potter Series. When I got an email from Emlyn with an early copy of Open Heart (book #2), I was flattered and excited all ...more
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Apr 18, 2012 Jessica (Step Into Fiction) rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, 4-stars
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

If you have NOT read Farsighted please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

I was a little iffy about the first book, Farsighted, but let me tell you; this book is so much better. I think my main problem with Farsighted was Alex doesn't seem realistic. As a teenage boy, he just doesn't act like one, in my opinion. However, this book is from Simmi's point of view and it's fantastic. There's many ti
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Mary Grace
Mar 03, 2013 Mary Grace rated it liked it
Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Rating: ★★★ 1/2

Open Heart, the second installment in the series by Chand, focuses more on Simmi's story and POV. The story picks up from where Farsighted left off. Here we encounter what happens after Dax settles down, the blossoming of Alex's and Simmi's relationship, introduction of new players and other interesting developments.

I enjoyed reading Farsighted and comparing Open Heart to the first book, I kinda liked Farsighted better. The vibe of that st
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Beckie
Mar 07, 2012 Beckie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review for Open Heart originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment


Open Heart has been on my TBR list for sometime now so when I was asked to read it I jumped at the opportunity. A while back I read and reviewed Farsighted which is the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. The premise for these books are unique and quite intriguing. With Open Heart I had so many mixed feelings as I was reading that I found myself taking breaks from the book here and there so I could completely under
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Leanne Maala
May 20, 2012 Leanne Maala rated it really liked it
Read full review here
I was never a Team Simmi girl. She was more of a prop character in Farsighted, and I felt she was fake-ish and shallow. I said fake-ish because I wasn't entirely sure, but Open Heart came along and confirmed everything.

--------IGNORE THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ MY RANT------------
The deal is, Simmi has thins whole self-loathing problem where she has all these negative thoughts about herself like "omg i'm too fat" and "omg i'm too ugly". It's not a problem though, since t
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Ellen
Mar 13, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
In this second installment of the Farsighted Series, the story focuses on Simmi and is told from her point of view. Simmi is now dating Alex, and is once again best friends with Shapri. Simmi has gained a lot of weight and has very poor self-esteem. On top of that, she still feels guilty for the way that she got Alex to be her boyfriend, especially since he is so crazy about her, and she can't quite decide if she feels the same way. Dax, who is now living with Alex's family, stirs feelings insid ...more
Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
Real rating 4.5 stars

For more reviews on the hottest as well as the most underhyped books in YA lit check out my review site, Zach's YA Reviews (zachsyareviews.com)

Protagonist: Simmi's life has been turned upside down ever since her powers spiked last summer trying to protect her friends and all those at the Central Park zoo. Now she can barely control her feelings, both romantic and those she aims toward herself. She sees herself as an unsavory size and at the beginning of the book she is starv
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Chapter by Chapter
Mar 03, 2013 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the Farsighted series by Emlyn chand, Open Heart, was a perfect follow up to book 1. It was wonderful to be reunited with this cast of characters, and will admit that I really enjoyed this one more than the first. Although it does contain a subject matter that is all too real, author Emlyn Chand does a fantastic job in incorporating the difficulties in eating disorders in Open Heart.

Open Heart basically continues on from near where book one, Farsighted, left off. Simmi and Alex are now
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Frederick Brooke
Jul 07, 2012 Frederick Brooke rated it it was amazing
Wow, did I ever feel like I was back in high school, reading the new YA novel, Open Heart! Remember the feelings that coursed through you back when you were 16, borne on a raging torrent of supercharged hormones? My high school tags would include words like messy, chaotic, panicky, depressed, elated, flip-flopping decisions, terrible decisions, nauseous, furious, homecoming dance, girlfriends, low self-esteem. It's all right here in this book.

The first book in the series, Farsighted, related eve
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
So Emlyn did it again. She made me fall in love with her book and again it only took me hours to finish Open Heart.

This time we follow Simmi. And we see the world in an entirly different way than we did with Alex. For starters, i had no idea that Simmi was size fourteen/twelve. When Alex talked about her, i saw what he saw. Something beautiful. So when Simmi starts to worries about her figure i'm like "why?". It was the first time i get to see how all the characters really look on the outside. A
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Allizabeth Collins
May 28, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing
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After the events of last summer, Simmi Shergill is in a constant state of fear and trepidation; being convinced that you are going to die can do that to a person. Her psychic powers and focus are out of control, her boyfriend Alex is all about "I love you"s, she's feeling a strange attraction to Alex's nemesis, Dax, and her weight is making her self-conscious. To top that off, something sinister is happening in Grandon Township, and Simmi may be one of the only ones able to sense t
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
It was different to see this world from a new set of eyes, as this second book in the Farsighted series is from Simmi's point of view, and the first was from Alex's. Simmi has a different gift, so therefore processes things differently, she of course can see, and she is a girl. So while I ultimately enjoyed her character (even if I despised how she handled certain things) and her voice, it took a bit to get used to the different narration.
She was also pushing away Alex at first, and being hars
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Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under the pseudonym Emlyn Chand, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa's way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

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