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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,734 ratings  ·  843 reviews
In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Lola
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll have to admit that I did not think I would end up enjoying LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT so much.

It’s not like it’s ‘‘mind-blowingly’’ written and I’m normally a little wary of books written by YouTube sensations, however famous the latter are.

But it was evident to me that Josh Sundquist wrote this book with much care, did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment and carefully outlined the story.

You know how sometimes you read a book and you have trouble figuring out what is happening –
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*TANYA*
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I rounded up. I really wanted to LOVE this book BUT, something and I can’t quite put my finger on it didn’t do it for me. Perhaps the writing?? It felt choppy, I want to go into detail but I’m afraid I’d give something away. It had tremendous potential, great story, though.
Stacee
I had enjoyed the other book I read from Josh and I liked the premise, so I was interested right from the start.

I liked Will and his group of friends. They were like a band of misfits and the loyalty between them was perfect. Will's mom was a bit annoying, but it makes sense. And even Will mentions that she's a helicopter mom.

What I enjoyed the most was being in Will's head and learning about things as he did. Especially after the surgery. The science-y parts weren't too science-y and it defin
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Possibly 3.5? This was pretty cute and overall I really enjoyed it, but I'm looking at the review notes I took and they all seem to be negative (re: ableism). Probably going to film a video review tonight to make some sense of my thoughts. Link to come!
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I enjoyed reading this book. I was pulled into the story right away by the wonderful characters, an interesting premise, and just the right amount of humor. This was a super quick read for me largely because I had a hard time putting the book down. The descriptions were vivid and I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be in Will's position. I am very glad that I decided to pick up this book.

Will is starting a new school. He prev
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Gabry
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA bellissimo in cui seguiamo la storia di Will, ragazzo cieco gin dalla nascita che decide di iscriversi ad un liceo normale e non per ragazzi con disabilità visiva.

È stato molto interessante leggere dal punto di vista di Will e percepire il mondo con gli altri quattro sensi, mentre pian piano insieme ad i suoi nuovi amici comincia a capire come potrebbe essere vedere tutto.

Bellissimo davvero!
Teresa Faliq ☼
(I need to get better at writing reveiws in a timely fashion lmao)

I was at the library, just browsing around, and I honestly had no idea which books to get.. so I decided to pick up this one. I wasn’t disappointed.. this book was really cute and light and just overall pretty fun to read. (:

During this book, we follow Will who is going to public school for the first time. He has been blind all of his life, and has never gone to a public school before. His first day goes pretty well, he meets a
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Carrie
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Will Porter was born blind and at an early age his parents decided his best chance would be to attend a school for the blind to learn how to cope with is ability. Now at sixteen though Will wants nothing more than to fit in with normal kids his age and attend a regular school. His first day at his new school though has him accidentally groping a fellow student and making another cry.

Will does start to slowly fit into his new surroundings though making a new group of friends. As he finds his foo
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Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
“Oh, my God, I am SO sorry, I tooootally didn’t see you there,” says a female voice.

“No problem,” I tell her. “I didn’t see you, either.”


This was an adorable little book that gave me all kinds of happy feelings. The plot intrigued me, so I preordered it back in December without much research. I was expecting pretty much what I got; an adorable story about a blind guy who gets the amazing opportunity to see after being born blind.

This is one of those finish-the-whole-thing-in-an-afternoon binge
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Jeff
Dnf

This story seemed like a very fun, light romantic book yet it was the complete opposite. The author made everything seem very serious, and I know, with a MC who’s blind and wants to regain their sight, of course it’s not gonna be a happy-go-lucky book.
But every time I read some of this book, there’s this depressed mood about it.
Result: I also feel the sadness.
Result after result: is this worth it or not?

IDK. just...how the hell did this supposedly fluffy book turn out to be like this?
সালমান হক
ভালো লেগেছে, বেশ ভালো লেগেছে। সবীকার করছি, যখন শুরু করেছিলাম একদমই আশা ছিল না যে ভালো লাগতে পারে। একটু এলোমেলো লাগছিলো লেখা। কিনতু কিছুদূর গিয়েই সেই অনুভূতিটা দূর হয়ে যায়। পরোটাগোনিসট উইল পোরটারের কারণেই বোধহয়, ভীষণ রিলেটেবল লেগেছে চরিতরটা।

জনমানধ একটা ছেলে, সাধারণ জীবন যাপনের জনযে অনধদের সকুল ছেড়ে ভরতি হয় হাইসকুলে(যেভাবে ফুটিয়ে তোলা হয়েছে বইয়ে, আমার ধারণা সেটা বেশ ভালোভাবেই সমভব- যদি সেরকম সুযোগ সুবিধা থাকে আর কি)। সেখানেই পরিচয় হয় সিসিলির সাথে, কিনতু সিসিলির জীবনে একটা সিকরেট আছে, যেটা সে বাদ
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Ari Reavis
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

I liked a lot but had some things I just couldn't wrap my head around. 'Seeing' things through Will's eyes was interesting. How he noticed things most people paid no attention to. I liked his little group of friends. The contrasts in adults were good. While the vice principal basically relied on stereotypes to figure out how to interact with Will, his journalism teacher expected Will to be on the same level on everyone else and didn'
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Catherine ♡
I really loved the synopsis. I thought the premise was so original, so different - this would definitely be a good book.

I started out loving it as well, not to mention Will's incredible sass.

But there are several problems I had with the book still. Firstly, the side characters felt underdeveloped. Even Cecily - I wanted to know more about her life, her background. And the other characters felt like they were simply there for comic relief.

I absolutely loved the writing at some parts actually, esp
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Gina
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, favorites
Full review can be found here: http://bookishgina.blogspot.com/2017/...

Love and First Sight made me laugh out loud, it made me warm and fuzzy, gave me hope, made me see things in a new way, and also made me a bit teary eyed. Anyone who loves a good YA contemporary should check this book out! Love and First Sight is insightful, funny, heart breaking, and an all around great read.

I loved this book!! It was fun, insightful, beautiful, and eye opening. I loved the characters, the story, the scener
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Mehsi
Josh Sundquist has done it again people. He wrote yet another gorgeous book, and this one it is YA fiction. I can't wait to see what more he can write.

Well, I am still not entirely sure if I can write a review, but I will do my best! This book sure was a rollercoaster of awesomeness!
Edit after reviewing: Well apparently I was able to write a review. :P This is one of my longest reviews!

Let me first get two not so good things out of the way. Yes, I just have 2 little things that I didn't particul
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Reggie
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
• Disclaimer: I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. •

I love Josh Sundquist. He is one of my favorite YouTubers and one of the first that helped me discover the platform. I find him to be very smart, kind, funny, articulate & understanding. I've read one of his non-fiction works and found it to be very interesting. He is a great writer, orator and content creator. In fact, this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

You've probably guessed by my n
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Cyndi
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books I wish I had more stars for! Our hero begins the story as a teen who was born blind. It is written in his POV! Awesome, right? The writer removed that sense from the story and must use the other 4 for visualization. He does it perfectly! Then when he goes through the steps to get his eyesight the writing is even more genius! The characters, plot, and locations come together perfectly. This is a YA novel that should be included in school curriculums. It lends itself to discussi ...more
Bark (2 Dumb 2 Read Blurbs)
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Will is a blind 16 year old transitioning into a mainstream school after years in a safe blind school. If he's going to make it in a sight centered world then he'll have to learn to maneuver through whatever they throw at him. Cecily is one of a new group of friends Will grows closer and closer to. As soon as he's adjusted to the differences between him and his new friends his parents learn about a rad
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sandeep
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, 4-stars
4/5 Stars

rtc :)
Jessica
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Josh Sundquist by reading his memoir, and giggling the entire way through it. I'm not generally a non-fiction reader, but I devoured that book. That meant that when I found out that Sundquist had written a YA book, I knew I had to read it. I couldn't wait to see how his wit and honesty translated to a fiction novel.

First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. It's very obvious from the first few pages of this story that Sundquist did a tremendous amount of research on
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R.F. Gammon
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Jessica
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.


When I first heard of Love and First Sight I didn't think that I would end up enjoying it as much as I did. There is no better book to start off 2017 with!


I rated the book 4/5 stars due to the writing style - which was a bit mainstream and lacked a personal touch. But aside from that, you could tell that Josh Sundquist really did his research before taking on the task of writing this book.


From the first chapter yo
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Kelly
Not as bad as I'd feared - but not as good as I'd hoped.

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Netgalley. This review contains clearly marked spoilers.)

"A door swings open, dinging a bell. I recognize the next sound: the deliberate but controlled steps, treading gently, as if she’s trying not to leave footprints. I’ve never seen a footprint, of course, but my understanding is that the harder you press, the more of an impression you leave behind."

Sixteen-year-old Wi
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Mandy
Wowwwwwww that was so much better than I could have ever expected from this little book.

To be honest, when I won this in a contest, I kind of went oops. I didn't know anything about the book other than it had a pretty pretty cover...and that's it. So, when I picked up this book, I didn't have much faith in it, and it ended up being SO GOOD.

I really enjoyed Will's voice. He had a very realistic feel to him, and he just had a great voice. I felt for him, and I got him. I rooted him on, and I want
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“You know what friendship means? It means sharing the burden. You didn't have to carry it all by yourself.”


I thought it was great to see a blong main character represented in YA lit! Getting to know the world through Will's perspective was my favorite part of the story. They way was he thinks about the world is unique and he's constantly learning and growing and that was nice to see. I'm always a fan of friend groups and this story had a fun one. I like that for the most part, everyone was a
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Schokigirl
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
German Review: 4,5 Stars


Anmerkung: Ich habe das Buch als Rezensionsexemplar vom Verlag bekommen. Danke dafür.

Stil:
Die Geschichte wird aus der Sicht unseres Protagonisten Will erzählt, der von Geburt an blind ist. Der Schreibstil ist emotional & mitnehmend. Der Autor hat seine Recherche definitiv genau gemacht & konnte viele generelle Fragen klären & in meinen Augen alles authentisch darstellen.

Charaktere:
Die Charaktere sind alle realistisch & authentisch. Keiner war besonders
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Celeste Paed
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just want to start by saying kudos to the author for finding a way to make me see what was happening in a book that's told in first person narration from a blind kid.

I borrowed this book from my roommate who received the book as an ARC at Book Con 2016. She read it and after a conversation about not knowing what to read next, I ended up going with Love and First Sight. It was a very quick read. I would estimate about five hours spent in total. The book was overall enjoyable and I found myself
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Madison
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love And First Sight is an interesting book that explores the value of sight over really seeing and follows one young man's journey as he discovers the beauty of friendship, family, acceptance and trust, while somehow helping those around him to discover it also.

Will is blind. So going to his local high school for the first time is a big deal. And the first day really couldn't have gone much worse. But as Will settles into school and begins to make friends he has the chance to partake in a rare
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Jenny Jo Weir
Awe! If you are looking for a fun, enjoyable, lighthearted story look no further I tell you. This book is just for you. Cute, adorable and very easy flow.

Josh writes impeccably and I love that his books are always innocent and appropriate for all ages and types of audiences. I always feel comfortable recommending him because he never disappoints. Cute book! I’m very happy I was able to experience this one.
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JOSH SUNDQUIST is a Paralympian, author, motivational speaker, and Halloween enthusiast.
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