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Blind Spot

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Missing things is nothing new to sixteen-year-old Roz. She lives with macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs her of her central vision. Every day, Roz has to piece together fragments to make sense of the world around her. She's always managed to get along fine without help, but when she's placed in a special needs class, Roz begins a desperate attempt to prove she' ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
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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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
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 murd
Addie R.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arc, eye-candy

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.

Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, arcs, own, mystery
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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jenni Arndt
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-own
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 engrossed i
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-ya, mystery
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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
Stacey B.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 every
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-books
Frustrating and unbelievable.
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Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-release
and it comes out just in time for my birthday (or for me to review if I get it early ;-) )

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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Isabella Crews
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Blind Spot follows a sophomore student named Roz who has a disability called macular degeneration, which affects her ability to see clearly. Because of this she is put in a required class called life skills. Desperate to show she is normal, Roz makes a bad first impression on the life skills teacher, who happens to be her AP history teacher as well. Now Mr. Dellian, the life skills teacher, seems to be out to get her and makes Roz's life more difficult that it had been. However, in life skills, ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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