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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  333 reviews
When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she's about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, ...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published August 7th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published August 7th 2013)
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Y. C.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from the First Reads program. Thank you Penguin Canada.

The novel takes place a year after Emma lost her sight, just as she's starting grade 10 in her old high school. It chronicles Emma's journey as she deals with the obstacles coming her way.

The major problem is that there are too many things happening at once, too many events the book introduces that don't get resolved properly. For instance, Claire's suicide, Logan's crush on Zach, Emma's crush on Seb (All her crushes a
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Kelly
100 pages before I quit. It was so, so boring. I get why she has to describe things as she does in the details she does since that's how she takes in her world -- that worked for me quite well -- but the info dumping. That it was 100 pages of flat explanation of living in a big family, of entering a new school, of what life used to be like. There wasn't a compelling story, no forward drive in the narrative. And it's over 400 pages, so after 100 and not feeling the slightest investment, I don't w ...more
Robin Henry
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
At 416 pages, this novel is a lot longer than most YA offerings. Sometimes, as with Harry Potter, the extra pages are not an obstacle, but in this case, some editing was badly needed. Blind tries to cover too much ground for one novel. Emma has a horrible accident which blinds her. She is whiny, any of us would be. She goes to a special school, learns how to be more independent, returns to her own school and is mainstreamed. She explains about Braille and ways of dealing with being blind. She ha ...more
Ann
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is about a teenager named Emma Silver who loses her vision in a tragic firework accident.
But sadly, that is all this book seems to be about.
Lacked a major plot--or a plot for that matter.
Throughout the entire book I was wondering if there would be any suspense, any action, and I began to see each page as a disappointment. There was nothing that made me want to keep reading, nothing that really put me at the edge of my seat. I felt as though I was reading a book that really had no end.
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Deanna
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
"Rachel DeWoskin's brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the listener into the life and experience of another."

In this powerful book, a teen girl has lost her sight after a tragic 4th of July accident. We experience her journey of relearning her world as a blind girl.

This book moved me on a personal level, my brother at the age of 40 lost 99% of his vision due to a genetic disease. I've never really stopped to think how frightening it was for him, to live in darkness a
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Jayme(the ghost reader)
I wanted to say I am visually impaired. I am happy to see a book out there about a visually impaired person told in a realistic perspective. I have not come across many books where the main character is visually impaired.
I can sympathize with how Emma feels. I am visually impaired and I use a white cane. I don't have a seeing eye dog. Emma felt sorry for herself. I had felt sorry for myself. I sometimes feel that I won't ever get married because no guy would want to date me much less marry me. I
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Sparkleypenguin
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I honestly wanted a nice, honest depiction of what life as a blind person is like in the modern society that we live in today. That was not what I got. Instead, I got this whiny character who keeps reveling in the fact that she's blind and woe is her and yadah-yadah yahda. Ugh, this book got under my skin too quickly. Now, I do not really know how long to stay in the shell that is grieving the loss of your eyesight but this character was such a jerk that I couldn't justify in my mind the horribl ...more
Peaches
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This book took a lot of effort to get through, and it isn’t just because of my opinion towards the subject matter. I’m a highly visual person who does not learn kinesthetic activities easily, so going blind is my absolute worst nightmare: “I asked if I could open them now, but they were already open; I knew because I reached up and felt my right eye. It was open” (38). My reading speed would drastically decrease (I doubt I’d ever fully learn braille) and I would no longer get enjoyment in so man ...more
Aubrie
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Kristine Hansen
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This fits into the category of books that went in an unexpected direction.

The story opens with the dramatic bits all seemingly past. Emma has been blind for almost a year, and her coping mechanisms are (somewhat) in place. But fitting back into her school, into her friendships, into her world takes a lot of effort, and doesn't always go in the expected ways.

Dealing honestly with the issues at hand, the author takes us on a journey where we're traveling blind through the teenage landscape, trying
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Linda Lipko
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
When young Emma Silver was blinded by fireworks, her world turns upside down. I very much liked the way in which the author described Emma's struggle to live in a sightless world. The images of her large family, and loving parents were written nicely. However, as the book progressed, it spun into nowhere.

I can't recommend this one.
Amy Leigh
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This YA contemporary was fantasic! I couldn't put it down. The author wrote it in such a way that I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know what happened next. I loved Emma's character and her siblings, especially her twin older sisters. I really felt like I was walking next to Emma as she went through everything.

Emma has been is an accident and lost her sight. After spending a year at the braile school learning to live all over again, she returns to her regular high school. She knew
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Jessica
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am really torn about this review. I hate giving a bad review anytime and I feel even worse when I won the book from a Goodreads giveaway. There is a niche market for Blind: people who are either passionate about visual impairment and people who are directly touched and affected by someone close to them who has suffered from blindness. Beyond that, I don't see this becoming a best-seller and being a must-read for the masses.

Blind follows the story of 14-year-old Emma, who just last year went bl
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Maggie
I gave up on this book. I made it to page 164 of 394 (41% finished).

Blind focuses on Emma, a 15-year-old girl who was involved in a freak accident and goes blind as a result. The book details Emma's struggle learning how to live without her eyesight, but it also features normal teen drama, plus a mysterious death of a classmate that may or may not have been a suicide.

For as much as the book had going on, it was just so boring . I was really hoping the book had a mystery spin to it and focuse
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Susan
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh my, I really tried to read this book without skimming over pages, but it was so tediously boring. There was really not much going on worth writing about, but the author did write, and write, and it was really not worth my time. Why she centered the story around reasons for the death of one of the high school students remains a mystery to me - it had nothing to do with anything. Ugh! An utter waste of time. I received this book from Goodreads First Reads, which I do appreciate, but this book w ...more
Sharon
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The author does a good job of conveying the challenges, but also the successes, of living with a life altering change such as being blinded by an accident. Emma Silver loses her eyesight, but comes to realize that she can see some things more clearly now than she could before. With the help of her family and friends, Emma gains the support she needs to find her way in her changed world.
Hallie
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations. I figured it would be fluffy, but the main character is pretty great. Lots of good stuff about family, less about romance, though that comes into play too. One of the rarer novels about teenage girls that assumes their essential goodness and humanity.
Alexis
Jan 18, 2018 added it
The book I read this quarter was Blind a Young Adult novel by Rachel Dewoskin. In the beginning, it wasn’t that great but it kept me interested enough to continue and I’m glad I did. The main character, Emma, lost sight in both of her eyes due to a tragic accident on the fourth of July. She is angry, confused and jealous of the world around her. It took her a hard year to relearn how to be a functioning person again. While she’s at a special school for the blind, her best friend, Logan, is leavi ...more
Willow
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. i liked how emma described the world after she lost her sight- people’s voices were colors and places were smells. but i guess i struggled to see a purpose to this book. i felt like the context for emma trying to find her place in the world again was weird, and i guess i failed to see what being blind and coping with that had to do with understanding what happened to claire. i just wasn’t invested enough in the characters, and i think the author could’ve done a better job with claire’ ...more
Celia
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my third time reading this book and it shocks me how real it is every time I read it. It’s just a very genuine take on high school and humanity in general - it’s real. That said, a lot of the dialogue was clunky and there were tons of throwaway characters who really had no reason to be a part of the story in any way other than showing the fact that Emma’s known these people her whole life.
Tracy Dishman
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
A tragic accident leaves Emma completely blind. She has to relearn everything from her large family to getting around and going back to a public school. Then a classmate is found dead from an apparent suicide and Emma decides to get her friends and other classmates together to talk about the situation.

I wanted to like this book. But it was so dull.
Clare Holman-Hobbs
So I have this as an e-book but I decided to listen to it on loan to the library, and I sat and listened to it all day! There were moments of this book being really beautifully written.
Annie K.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.
Rachel
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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Michelle
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 really.
It was an okay read. I didn't hate it. I just thought it needed more. It was a good idea but the story line was lacking. Will write a full review soon.
Katie
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Blind is an interesting take on how your life can change in an instant. Rachel DeWoskin’s young adult debut is a wonderful story about a girl learning to go through life blind.

I think the hardest thing for readers to enjoy about Blind is the style of writing. The writing is not bad at all but it is very wordy. Reading from the perspective of a blind girl makes things very interesting but also very different. The way Emma sees things now is through touch, smell, taste, and sound. Because of that,
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Rachel DeWoskin’s Blind was a book I was curious about, but I wasn’t so sure it would be my sort of book. The blurb somehow made it sound like it would be a murder mystery, but, honestly, that’s really misleading. Blind really is not that. If you’re here for that, then you’re going to be disappointed. Actually, Blind is a rather strange book, more of a character study than anything. It’s going to be a struggle for a lot of reader
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Brandi Kosiner
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read Blind because I am drawn to books dealing with disability or mental illness. I wanted to get inside Emma's head and find out her story.

It is pretty agonizing for her, and I can only imagine the huge change that it would make on your life. She is angry, questioning what makes life worth living and exploring those things. The details seem so realistic... How she is so overwhelmed when she first goes back to school, all of the noise, not knowing who is talking to her, the crowds
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Connie
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
If i have to be 100% honest, it is a complete waste of time reading it. I finished it because i literally forced myself to. On one hand i wanted to see if there may be any glimpse of hope in reviving my interest at any point if i were to read further, on the other i'm not one who ditch a book halfway by nature, no matter how bad it is. I was however compelled to go against that principle for once at several points to stop at 100+ pages.

This book got picked up because of its synopsis of which i
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Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and a novel, Repeat After Me. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.

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