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A Blind Spot for Boys

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  480 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Shana has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who's right in front of her?

Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it's time to end the plague of Mr. Wrong, Wrong, and More Wrong.

Enter Quattro, the undeniably cute lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don't jus
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
You can also read my review HERE.

"Maybe that's all we're supposed to do after we've taken a spill: brush ourselves off, get back on our feet. No fuss. No blame. Just soldier on."



Warm fuzzies all over. Justina Chen is a foreign author to me and honestly, after reading A Blind Spot for Boys, I don't understand why I haven't read any other of her works yet! When I finished the novel, I felt rejuvenated. I was transported to Machu Picchu without even moving a foot. That's how vivid J
Sep 03, 2014 Keertana rated it liked it
Goodreads ate up my review--or at least the three paragraphs I had of my review--for this book just minutes ago. If you're a busy college student whose calculus professor has just informed you that twelve hours of math homework a week is the average...well, let's just say you can understand my frustration. But, I digress. Back to A Blind Spot for Boys.

Chen's North of Beautiful utterly charmed when I first read it a few years ago and has continued to do so upon every re-read. Yet, for reasons un
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Aug 13, 2015 Hazel (Stay Bookish) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hazel by: Joséphine (Word Revel)
Shelves: own-copy-read
Photography, travel, family, romance, adventure, life. I adored that all these favourite themes of mine were a part of the book but more than that I highly enjoyed the story itself. A Blind Spot For Boys was a great read!
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This is one emotional hike for me.

DISCLAIMER #1: My dad was diagnosed with MILD GLAUCOMA just a month ago. He was told that he's lucky that the doctors diagnosed it early because it could lead to permanent blindness. My dad's a pastry chef. He doesn't only need his hands, he needs his eyes, so you can just imagine the terror that his condition brought to the family. Thankfully, it was quickly remedied. Why am I saying this? I'm saying it as a disclaimer so that you guys won't be surprised with
Princess Bookie
Jul 28, 2014 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2014
My Thoughts: I was so excited to read this one! I loved the summary and I loved the cover! I anxiously have been awaiting it!

I’ve read a few not so good reviews about this one but I didn’t let that influence me. I still really loved it! We are introduced to Shana and her family. She has a few siblings but they are away most of the time but she also lives with her mother and father. Her father is starting to go blind and they say he will be completely blind within 6 months. Talk about a hardship!
Rea K
Aug 13, 2015 Rea K rated it really liked it
I will admit to getting a little teary eyed.
Whenever I read a novel with a medical condition I get paranoid that that's what's happening to me. Oh joy. Pretty sure I'm not actually going blind, but that doesn't mean that I don't get worried.

This was the third Justina Chen book that I've ever read, and I dove into it excitedly. Ah. Now I want to go to Machu Picchu.

PRETTY DANG CERTAIN THAT TERRA AND JACOB (North of Beautiful) MADE A CAMEO! *squees* Not by name or anything, obv, but unnamed in a
Mar 18, 2016 Siobhan rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
As you all are well aware of, I am a sucker for contemporary YA, I love it and will always gravitate towards it when I am in a slump. So when I got the chance to review Blind Spot for Boys I was so excited because I was in need of a fun, flirty beach read. But sadly that is not what I got.

Let's start with the positive shall we? I loved the setting of this book. It is set in Machu Pichu which was amazing and I loved reading about the country and what it was like to hike and discovery the scenery
Patty  (Bookish Wanderlove)
**Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove**

Opening Lines
"If you want to see the world with fresh eyes, haul yourself off to the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market. At least that's what Dad said twelve years ago when he brought me to the brick wall studded with spat-out, stretched-thin, and air-hardened wads of gum. Thousands of pieces. Hundreds of thousands."

The Good
A Blind Spot for Boys first caught my eye about a month ago when Shane @ Itching for Books had it as her WoW pick. I instantly added it
Aug 06, 2016 Celosia rated it liked it




Actual rating 3.5 stars.
I enjoyed most of this book, but there were a few parts that I found a little boring. I also for some reason did not like Grace's character that much. Everyone in the book loved her, but I would have been uncomfortable around her. Also, her reveal about her leg was just weirdly done.

I think that Shana and Quattro were cute together. I also liked Quattros reason for going on the Machu Pichu exp
Sep 11, 2014 CrazyDaisy rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
3.5 - 4 Crazy Stars!

This was great read. I laughed and cried. I just love how moving this book is. I'm usually not one for YA but I enjoyed reading this.
Sep 02, 2014 Celeste_pewter rated it really liked it
Two-second recap:

In A Blind Spot for Boys, critically-acclaimed YA author Justina Chen introduces us to Shana, a teenaged girl who is forced to learn how to cope when her father reveals that he's losing his sight.

As Shana and her family work to help her father come to terms with his diagnosis, she also learns what it means to find beauty and hope, in the most unlikely of places.



I've loved Justina Chen since the release of Nothing but the Truth [and a few white lies] (seven years a
Oct 15, 2016 AMY rated it really liked it
I just love her books I always learn so many new things.
Ugh. I am so totally and unequivocally disappointed by this. It was cliche and terrible and used far, faaaaaaaaar too many exclamation points. The characters felt tired, like they were put together just so one could say this book had "quirky characters." They lacked real meaning, and real individuality, there wasn't a single one that I hadn't read before. There was some kind of weird insta-love type feelings, even if they weren't acted upon necessarily… Compared to (my memory of) North of Beauti ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Ashli rated it it was amazing
This story centers around Shana, who is a junior in high school. She has given up boys for the time being after a break-up that strained her relationship with one of her brothers. She does meet a boy, Quattro, by accident, but vows to just be friends with him. (He just so happens to be on a break from girls!) In the meantime, her father is given a devastating diagnosis. Her dad has about six months left until he will be completely blind. Her parents have put off some important adventures due to ...more
Sep 25, 2014 multitaskingmomma rated it it was amazing
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The main reason why I wanted to read Blind Spot for Boys was because Justina Chen set part of it in a place that's on my bucket list: Machu Picchu.

Troubled rich kid meets troubled poor kid and a love interest blossoms. They're trying to fight it, but somehow the feelings bubble through. What happens next? While the story may have gone all Pretty in Pink, I am infinitel
Sep 24, 2014 StinaMadsMN rated it really liked it
- 4 Floral Hearts!
We've Fallen and There's No Going Back!

Shana had her heart broken by her now ex-boyfriend Dom and she's been catching and releasing guys since, leaving behind a line of broken hearts. Now she's sworn off boys and started her Boy Moratorium. When she meets Quattro, she begins to rethink her ban on boys, but when she learns that her father is going blind, she re-enforces her resolve so she can focus on her family. A trip to Machu
Michelle Book Briefs
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A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult contemporary romance. It is about finding yourself, and experiencing new things, and family, and relationships and really so much more. There is also a really cute romance. :p I felt like I was discovering the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu right along with all of the hikers in the story. The beauty in Justina Chen's book is the writing. It was elegant an
Mar 03, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Justina Chen is the author of one of my favorite young adult books EVER, North of Beautiful, so when I noticed a new book from Chen on my library’s shelves, I grabbed it right away. While I liked this book, I am thinking that my tastes may have changed in the past six years because while the two books have a lot of similar themes, I didn’t come close to loving Blind Spot for Boys like I loved North of Beautiful.

What did work for me in this book was the setting. I loved reading about the characte
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 28, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2014
Okay, by the cover for "A Blind Spot for Boys," you may be saying, oh, this is just another YA romance. It might be cute but there isn't going to really be anything special about it. And if you are thinking that, let me assure you that while this is a YA romance, but there is a lot special about this book and I ate it up! This book has a lot of heart, a great romance, and a fantastic setting. If you're looking for a YA romance that has a lot more than just a love story, this might just be for ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Brianna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I remember loving Justina Chen's North of Beautiful when I read it a few years ago so I was pretty excited to get my hands on her newer novel. I read it in a day. I liked it. It was interesting and I was invested. I just didn't LOVE it. I've been having this problem as of late. I like a book, but I don't get invested in it. This is a book I was more invested it, but it wasn't that amazing. It's getting frustrating! Anyways, back to the book at hand!

Shana is a photographer who focuses on street f
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Kate J
Dec 15, 2015 Kate J rated it it was amazing
Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen is a book about a heartbreaker, Shana, who meets Quattro, possibly one of the most intriguing guys she's ever met, not long after she swears off dating. Shana and her dad share the hobby of photography, until her dad gets a life-changing diagnostic. In an effort to make up for lost time, they decide to travel to Maccu Pichu, coincidentally at the same time as Quattro. Together, the two of them learn more about each other more than they ever could back at home, ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Chanpreet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I've never read a book written by Justina Chen before. Now that I have, I wonder how it is I only discovered her after she's written six books. In a way I'm sort of glad it's happened this way. That means while I wait for her next novel, there is plenty to read to catch up with everything I've missed.

I knew from reading the blurb A Blind Spot For Boys was going to be interesting. I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy reading it and love the story and characters. I expected more s
Oct 22, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it

I would personally rate Justina Chen’s novel, “A Blind Spot for Boys”, a seven out of ten. The complete novel was an easy read and had an entertaining story. Although, in my opinion the brevity of certain details did not help establish the point as clear is it could have the point was still made. Chen could have gone a little further on the development of Shana, the main character, and Quatro’s life while they are both in their hometown. The two just seemed to have an instant connection but she
Shirley Frances
Sep 17, 2014 Shirley Frances rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2-review, 2014
I have to say that I found it hard to get into this book in the beginning. Grace didn't make the best of impressions to begin with. She was rude to Quattro, which I didn't appreciate.

It was a sad moment for all involved when Grace's father was given his diagnosis, however I can't help but be thankful for it since it's where the story picked up pace. From there on out, everything flowed nicely.

The author did a wonderful job in describing every aspect of the trip. I loved experiencing the trek th
Aug 02, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS is a gorgeously written coming home story. I cherish a book that can make me both laugh and cry. A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS did just that in page after page. Shana, still reeling from a caustic breakup with college boy, Dom, uses her arsenal of pest control techniques to keep perspective boyfriends away. I loved the humorous anecdotes with Shana’s smart boy repellent quips, but beneath it all, Shana hides a damaged heart. Shana’s unsure if she can trust herself around boys after ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, read-2014
So I already loved the book and then I read this line, -- "Boys are stupidheads," she said flatly... -- twenty pages from the end of the book. That's a line that I would've thought would be near the very beginning, the perfect hook to entice the reader to keep reading. But this great line wasn't needed as Chen begins her new book with mention of the Gum Wall. Huh? If you're not from Seattle or haven't visited the Market, you might think this is a figment of the author's imagination, a quirky add ...more
Dani at Novelfly
Aug 11, 2015 Dani at Novelfly rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelfly-reviews
Read my full review at InkBerry Books.

A Blind Spot for Boys is the story of Shana and her family taking a life-altering trek through Machu Pichu after receiving the devastating news that her father, a passionate photographer, was quickly losing his sight.

First of all, I've always wanted to visit Machu Pichu, so the adventure side of the story really appealed to me. In the story, Shana's hiking group takes the long way to the top, so there's plenty of sight-seeing along the way.

As far as the ro
Kelly Hager
Sep 06, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Justina Chen and if you haven't read her yet, you should.

This is not my favorite of hers, but even her worst book is still completely amazing and wonderful.

I love that this book focuses just as much---if not more---on Shana's family and friends as it does on Quattro (hereafter referred to as The Boy). I feel like a lot of times in YA, it tends to be about the romantic relationship and every other relationship is mentioned either barely or not at all. Justina Chen doesn't do th
Sep 09, 2014 BookCupid rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, own
The end doesn't always mean it's over, sometimes bad things happen to make us stronger.

Seven months later, Shana still can't get over her ex. He rejected her, so now she is rejecting others as a defense mechanism. To make matters worse, Shana's dad, a photographer, is going blind. This leads to a trip across the continent where he will be able to photograph beauty for the last time.

Instead of the before and after, Chen focuses her story and the most emotional part of a relationship: what happens
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Justina Chen is an award-winning writer. Her latest book, THE ART OF INSPIRATION: LEAD YOUR BEST STORY, is for any leader who wants to inspire employees, customers, and constituents. Her YA novel, NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, was named to Best Books lists by Kirkus Reviews and Barnes & Noble. Her other novels include A Blind Spot for Boys, Return to Me, Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere s ...more
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