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Open Heart (Farsighted #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  87 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 helping.

At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he'd do anything for h
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Blue Crown Press
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Emlyn Chand
Mar 18, 2012 Emlyn Chand added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Wait, what's this? The next book in my series. Cool!
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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
❋ Sylvia ❋
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
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
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?

Nadine Larter
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
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
Jill Cooper
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
Kira McFadden
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
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
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
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
Jenna H.
Open Heart explores a teen girl's struggle w/low self-esteem, an eating disorder, romantic entanglements and on the fritz psychic powers.

Open Heart is a refreshing entry in the paranormal teen genre, not only due to it's diversity, but also because it deals with a serious teen issue - eating disorders. This is something that doesn't get discussed often in teen fiction, but it is a very real and pervasive problem in today's society. A well-written and developed story about this issue can bring mo
Libertad Araceli
Actual Score 4.5

I didn't start this book right away because I had a few arcs to flesh out before i took on any personal reading. I probably should have read more books I promised people, but I was stuck in a rut where I wasn't completely in love with all the books I was reading. So i figured I better read something personal that I purchased myself to put me in a better mood.

This book definitely got me excited about reading again. Not really sure what it is that Emlyn Chand does, but she has me h
I was disappointed in this book. I had read and very much enjoyed Farsighted, the first book in this series, so was looking forward to reading Open Heart.

I liked that it was from Simmi's perspective, instead of Alex's. I thought this brought a nice change. However, there wasn't much to the story. After I finished it felt like I had read only part of a story, the ending left too much unfinished and with the next book being from Shapri's perspective I don't know if it will be told.

When reading in
Katrina Tinnon
This book deals with some pretty heavy issues. Trust and eating disorders being the major ones. It's also told from Simmi's perspective.

Simmi seems like a completely different person from Farsighted. A lot of this could be because of how Alex sees her. But she never seemed so distraught before. She suffers from low self-esteem, especially when her best friend is skinny and beautiful. Simmi is constantly having to hide her pain, and dislike of herself, from her family and friends. Due to all of
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
There are a lot of good things going in these first two books but I had a hard time connecting. The characters all had a strong voice and I felt like I could hear and see them, I just didn't make those emotional connections to them. I wish the paranormal side would have taken a stronger hold of the story lines and driven the plot forward faster. It felt like I was in the characters heads a lot and heard a lot about how they were feeling but I was there just too long and too much. I guess I wante ...more
MB Mulhall
Open Heart was a bit of a departure from Farsighted as it gave more insight into the character rather than focusing on the powers they possess. That's not to say their abilities didn't play a big role in the story, because they did, but you definitely learned more about Simmi than I feel you learned about Alex.

It's a good look into a teen's whirling emotional state. Simmi battles with an eating disorder and feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing. She's written as very human and certainly relat
Emily Rae Robles
First thing to establish: I love that this series is written from different perspectives. This is one of my favorite things. Points of view are cool, and you could not find two more opposite narrators than Alex (from Farsighted, the first book) and Simmi (the narrator of Open Heart.) Alex is straightforward, honest, often oblivious, and--oh yes--blind. Simmi, on the other hand, is all over the place emotionally. And did I mention that Alex is a psychic and Simmi is a clairsentient? Basically, th ...more
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
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
J.F. Jenkins
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, so this one was kind of a disappointment to me. Most of this comes from the book having no underlying plotline. The book was essentially about Simmi, who I grew to like more in this book than I had the last. In it she struggles with insecurities dealing with her weight and her overall self worth in terms of her developing psychic powers. Oh, and a growing attraction to her boyfriends nemesis.

Chand is a great writer. She has a talent of getting into
Melissa Garrett
At first I was a little put off by the idea that the second book in the Farsighted series was going to be told not from Alex's perspective, but Simmi's. I liked Alex's girlfriend just fine, don't get me wrong, but I'd grown rather attached to the sensitive blind boy. But then Open Heart and Simmi came along and it was like - POW! Author Emlyn Chand had hit another one right out of the park.

When I read teen fiction, I try not to read as a mom of three who's in her (cough cough) mid-thirties. I'v
Bookish Michelle
If you have enjoyed Farsighted, you'll definitely enjoy Open Heart too! Expect the unexpected again. If you thought that Open Heart would be told in Alex's POV you are totally wrong! This time, the story is told from Simmi's perspective and it continues on from Farsighted. So, if you haven't read Farsighted, be sure to read it first!

Simmi's danger was over. There's no more visions haunting Alex. Right now, Simmi's main concerns were her size, her powers and her feelings towards her boyfriend's n
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
Allizabeth Collins

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
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
A.D. Duling
We already know Emlyn Chand is a talented author; we've read Farsighted. I enjoyed Alex's POV and now in Open Heart we get Simmi's. Being a gal, however no longer a teen, I realated more with Simmi. There is a love/ hate relationship built in this novel as we experience the continuation of this story through Simmi's perspective,but a wonderful thing none of the less! Sometimes I wanted to smack the girl upside the head (her bulemia mostly) and other times my heart would go out to her ( I underst ...more
Zachary Flye
Real rating 4.5 stars

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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
Jenny - Book Sojourner
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
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