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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,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, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why - in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma's darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin's brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the listener into the life and experience of another....

Title : Blind
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ISBN : 9780670785223
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 394 Pages
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Blind Reviews

  • Y. C.
    2019-03-24 01:23

    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 actually.), her newfound friendship with Annabelle. The length is already 416 pages (although my copy was 394 and the font was giant) which is fairly long for a stand-alone, and yet it is still lacking a strong focus on a core issue. Blind could use some sever cutting down. Too many subplots and side stories here coupled with tedious explanations in matter- of-fact sentences can make this a boring read.Second problem: All minor characters sound the same. Amanda, Zach, Dee, Dima... This is especially evident if you look at each gender separately. They also sound really stupid and all seem unable to form a coherent thought without using the word "like", "um" or other space fillers. Teenagers don't all sound the same.What I did like is how DeWoskin portrayed Emma as a normal 15 year old girl growing up after suffering from trauma and re-learning her entire world. DeWoskin didn't make her out to be a hero, or put her on a pedestal, or make her perfect. No, she made Emma angry, upset, betrayed, or happy at her small accomplishments. I also liked how DeWoskin very slowly over the course of the novel moved Emma's problems steaming from her being blind, to her being a teenager. It's a subtle transition, and in the end Emma doesn't despair at her predicament but looks at it as another everyday obstacle to overcome. Blind is clearly well-researched and thoughtful, but it does have a few issues that need to be tweaked.

  • Shelly
    2019-04-07 18:13

    This review was originally posted on Read.Sleep.Repeat.When I first heard about Blind, I wanted to read it immediately. I haven’t actually read a book with a blind protagonist, and I was looking forward to read in a new perspective.So you don’t understand how happy I am that this one did not disappoint! I really loved it, and I think Blind is just a beautiful novel.The book centres around Emma Silver, a fifteen year old girl who lost her sight in a freak accident. Before the accident, she used to feel invisible in her large family but now, it seems like she can’t stop being seen. Even though it’s been a year, Emma still struggles to recover from her accident, and finally start feeling normal.I honestly loved Blind and Emma’s character development was amazing. This book is a little long (400+ pages) but I think it was totally necessary. The writing style was amazing and very descriptive, it’s really clear that the author did her research.The synopsis sounds a little murder-mystery but it definitely is not a mystery, it’s just Emma and her friends learning to cope with their friend’s death.Overall, I recommend Blind to people looking for a diverse and interesting novel. I would recommend it for people looking to find a novel with large character-growth, as this long novel definitely features plenty of character growth.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-13 00:29

    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 want to give over 300 more. I think had this started WITH the incident that caused her blindness, rather than a year after, it would have worked better because then there'd have been an arc.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-04-18 19:35

    FIND MY REVIEW HERE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJmH5...

  • Ömer
    2019-04-12 20:29

    3.75/5Yorumu için: http://kronikokur.blogspot.com.tr/201...

  • Şeyma
    2019-03-26 02:22

    Okurken sıkılmaktan başka bir kaç duygu hissettim onda da yazar kısa kesti.. Güzel bir konuya sahipken neden bu kadar gereksiz bir şey ortaya çıkmış bilmiyorum!

  • Ayşenur Mutluel
    2019-04-09 18:26

    ”Fakat kör olmak görünmez olmanın tam tersiydi ve bu da hiç adil değildi.” Kitabı okumaya ilk başladığımda beni inanılmaz bir biçimde içine çekmişti. Hatta ilk 50 sayfa da falan nedense bir damla göz yaşı dökülmüştü… Dedim ki ben bu kitaba 5 falan veririm...Sonra kitabı seviyorum diye düşünürken, kitap benim için birden işkenceye döndü. NEDEN? Şöyle ki kitabın konusu ve başkarakter Emma çok iyi. Eksik olan şeyler; olayların ilerleyişi ve ciddi anlamda pek fazla bir şeyin olmaması. Kitapta sevdiğim şeylerin başında ilk olarak Emma’nın kör olduktan sonra hayata tutunmamasının çok iyi anlatılması. Yazarın dili, betimlemeler ve verdiği duygular çok güzel. Sımsıcak bir kitap okudum sanırım. Okudukça hiçbir olayın olmaması sinirimi bozdu. Emma 16 yaşında genç bir kızdır. Birden görme yetisini kaybettiği bir kaza geçirdikten sonra hayatının bittiğini düşünüyor. Aslında herkes böyle düşünmez mi? Görme yetisi olmayınca hayatında pek bir amaca yönelmiyor haliyle. Çevresinde kendini destekleyen kardeşleri, annesi, babası ve en yakın arkadaşı Logan olsa da ona yeterli gelmiyor. Zorlu bir yılın ardından her şeyi yoluna koymaya çalışan Emma’nın başına okurken “aa yok artık” diyeceğimiz bir olay gelmiyor. Hani bu tarz kitapları okurken, karakterin karşısına daha fazla engel daha fazla sorun çıkacak sanıyorsunuz ama çıkmıyor. Çok mutlu bir kitaptı. Arada geçen kıskançlıklar, kavgalar ve saçma ergen klişeleri tuzu biberi gibiydi. Daha fazla ne yazılır bilmiyorum. Kitap tamamen boş zaman kaybı demeyeceğim. Bu baya hakaret olur. Benim sevdiğim ve yukarıda da dediğim gibi duygulandığım yerler oldu. RS’de iseniz ya da hafif bir şeyler okumak istiyorsanız buyurun okuyun. Çok durağan ilerliyor fakat bir şekilde sonunu görmek istiyorsunuz kitabın. Gerçekten ilginç bir büyüsü var. Onun dışında kesinlikle okuyun dediğim bir kitap değil.

  • Robin Henry
    2019-03-29 01:31

    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 has a crush, several actually, she and her best friend fight and makeup multiple times. One of the girls in her small town commits suicide, she helps another blind girl who is younger than herself…and the list goes on. Blind lacks focus and while it has occasionally interesting passages, it could have used some major cutting. There are just too many subplots and things going on. Although the main story arc is about Emma coming to terms with her blindness, there are so many distractors and side trips along the way that the reader is begging for her to just get on with it already. The Silver family is big, six daughters and one son, and likeable. Emma is a fully realized character with flaws that the reader can relate to. The problem is the lack of tightness in the narrative. It is too meandering. There are things that happen that seem to not have any point, for example, when Emma and Logan have a dust up over Logan dating Emma’s long time crush, it just kind of goes away. It might have been a turning point of some kind, but really, Zach (said crush) could have easily been left out of the story. I wanted to like this one, really. It is serviceable, and if you have a population for whom this might have added appeal, it may be a good purchase, but I don’t think there will be a long hold list for this one.June’s Rating System: Language—R a few F-bombs; Nudity—PG; Sexual Content—PG13; GLBT Content—PG There is some discussion that Claire, the girl who committed suicide did so because she was a lesbian. This is another subplot that just tries too hard. It doesn’t go anywhere and there is no real meaningful resolution. It is as if she had to stick one more thing into an already overstuffed novel—gotta be sure and hit the GLBT checkbox! Violence—G; Substance Abuse—PG some smoking and drinking by underage teens as well as some adults. Adult Themes—G Robin’s Comments: Although Viking recommends this for 12 and up, I would not recommend it for students under grade 9 due to the language and some of the situations in the novel.

  • Deanna
    2019-04-07 02:30

    "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 and of all the things he would never see again. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of why he went into a deep depression after losing his slight. Great YA read.

  • Ann
    2019-04-12 02:35

    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. All of the characters were so boringly similar I began to have a hard time distinguishing them besides her best friend, Logan. Everyone, and I mean everyone, uttered 'um' or 'uh' what seemed like every sentence. I hope DeWoskin knows that not every single teenager sounds like that. It is a nice touch to add in here and there to give the characters a more realistic representation, but I found myself bored with constantly hearing it, along with the boring dialogue that the characters seemed to have. None of the conversations really stood out to me as being deep or having any meaning. I had such high expectations for this book, but was extremely disappointed. I would not recommend this to anyone, this book was such a waste of my time.

  • Büşra Öztürk
    2019-04-07 01:23

    "Belki de insan olmanın en büyük amacı, başka birinin yerinde olmanın nasıl bir duygu olabileceğini gerçekten hayal etmeye çalışmaktı." YORUM İÇİN:http://hunharcaokuyankiz.blogspot.com...

  • Jayme(the ghost reader)
    2019-03-21 01:23

    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 think it helped to meet Annabelle. She can focus on helping the girl and less on herself. I thought it was interesting how she described things in colors. For example, the kitchen smelled like lemons and it represented the color yellow. How sadness felt like the color blue. She could picture the color in her mind even though she couldn't see it. I didn't like how some of her friends made light of Claire's suicide. I think that if they had talked about it, it would help in the healing process. I also didn't like that Emma had to keep her dog at home because he wasn't allowed. The book seems to be set in the present day so I don't understand why her dog couldn't accompany her considering the Americans With Disabilities Act allows for service dogs to be welcome everywhere the person goes. Also, I was thrilled the author mentioned Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. I live in the Chicagoland area and I have been to the Lighthouse for the Blind to volunteer there and a friend of mine, who is blind used to work there. So just because you are blind doesn't mean you won't be able to get a job. They have all sorts of technology for people who are blind to help them succeed in the work place.

  • Sparkleypenguin
    2019-04-05 23:38

    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 horrible treatment of her family, friends, and therapist who are just trying to help her get through this terrible time. 0/5 would not recommend.

  • Aubrie
    2019-04-14 23:23

    OK, after writing my EXTREMELY LONG AND COMPLETE review, my computer decided to have a mini robot-fart and deleted EVERYTHING I WROTE!!! So I'll try my best to remember everything I had written down - not making any promises. I didn't have any expectations going into this book because I like to go into my books as blindly as possible, ha! However, this was an easy and interesting enough read. It's a coming-of-age novel about a girl named Emma who suffers a freak accident with fireworks and is now visually impaired. Not only is Emma learning how to deal with her new disability, but she is also at the peak of adolescence. She is finding her own worth in her group of friends while questioning the loss of a girl who drowned the year she came back to public school after going to a school for the blind after her accident. The truth? It would have been an interesting story if it wasn't for three really big flaws. One. This story seems extremely unfinished. None of the characters say exactly what they feel and never finish up what they feel because they always seem to become interrupted by either themselves or someone else. If Emma's best friend is trying to talk to her about something everyone is wondering, not only is her friend's speech broken up with so many "ums" you'd never dream of using the word ever again, suddenly Emma decides that she feels like she can't handle the conversation and then leaves. Or Someone will get embarrassed about what they are trying to say and so they'll cut themselves off and leave the conversation themselves. Nothing is ever finished. Emma's curiosity with this dead girl who she wasn't even close friends with is pointless, yet she decides to hold "meetings" about her so she can talk about her and for what? She barely does any talking in the meetings and the only thing left about the girl is was her death an accident or suicide, which is never answered, and if it was a suicide, how can it be prevented again, which is also never answered. Every time you think you're going to get closer to an answer, a tangent disrupts the main focus. Two. The dead girl. Emma has no true connection with this girl other than they went to school together and were in the same grade. She was never close friends with her at all and I could never figure out why she had such a curiosity about her. You don't ever get to find out the significance of how this girl died, but then you take into consideration that it takes up a majority of the story and you realize that the story is wasted on a girl who doesn't have a fitting connection with Emma. Most of the stuff that does happen to Emma could have happened to her without having to include the dead girl as part of the story. It was incredibly pointless. Honestly, I think that the only reason Emma started those pointless meetings was so she could catch the eye of her long-time crush, Zach, which brings me to my next point.Three. The boys. Emma has had a crush on this kid named Zach for years before this novel even started! He is the first person that she and her best friend talk to about their little super secret pointless meetings. But it's clear he is flirting with her best friend. This brings back her memories of her blind school and the boy she met there named Sebastian (a name in which I absolutely LOVE!). Sebastian is a major hottie, in my opinion, and you don't even have to see him to know that he's gorgeous. He is ok with being blind and is extremely kind to Emma, even when she can't deal with being blind at the moment. I was rooting for Sebastian the entire way through this novel, but only after she figures out that Zach is sucking face with her best friend does she finally think about him in that way. A crush you've had that long is terribly hard to get over, yet she brushes it off like it was nothing! And now she's welcomed Seb back into her life and you know what? He is so cold with her, and it is NEVER mentioned why because this book tells you NOTHING! She just assumes it's because he might be dating their other blind friend Dee, but do they ever mention that they are a couple? No. Does Emma ever ask? NO! So now you don't know if Seb liked her at all at one point or why the hell he is acting so cold towards her now! But all-of-a-sudden, some other guy enters the picture who isn't even a main part of the book and kisses Emma. And she becomes swooped up in the excitement that she just lets him and suddenly they become an item, except that they don't. The next day she calls up some OTHER random dude that she suddenly wants to kiss and they go on a date. Where the heck were these guys at all throughout the book? They are mere mentions before, and now, suddenly, they're a huge part of Emma's life. What?! No. Sebastian was the right one for her the entire time! These three points were major, but I also had some qualms with a small, anti-feminist section of this book some time during one of their pointless meetings that didn't even need to be in there in the first place, but needn't warrant my time on this because that's a whole other shabangbang that I do NOT want to get into lest you want your ears, or eyes in this case, to bleed. No pun intended, you know, because this book is about blindness. So to wrap up what I did enjoy about this book, it was an easy enough read that kept my interest (obviously, or I wouldn't have been wanting all the answers to this novel) throughout. It was also one of those things where you've thought it before as a coming-of-age girl, but never had the words to convey how you felt about certain situations. I enjoyed that a lot. I would recommend this book just because of those things, but for me, this book wasn't a keeper.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-04-03 23:34

    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 to negotiate some of the hardest moments in a young person's life - with the added handicap of not being able to see. I liked this book a lot and I'm glad I picked it up.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-27 22:24

    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 blind. She must re-learn everything she once knew and navigate her new world in darkness while dealing with the emotional journey of vision loss. She is angry, bitter, self-pitying. At over 400 pages long, Blind is a long read to be entirely character-driven. Especially since Emma is described as a blind girl who also likes/does/etc. She is not described as a normal girl who likes/does/etc. but just so happens to also be blind. It's a nuance that is important to catch because by making her first and foremost "the blind girl who..." there's already a disconnect. It's easy to sympathize but otherwise very hard to relate to her when she only now knows herself as a blind girl.Other things happened in the story that could have been played up to give this book more meat (e.g. finding Claire's dead body). Instead, everything and everyone else is glossed over, second fiddle by far to Emma and her blindness. I understand that the book is about Emma's blindness but it is really long and tedious to get through 400+ pages of no action and a not-fully-developed main character. Why bother putting in big things like Claire at all if only to say "it's not important"? It's like a teaser for something that never happened.Overall, there still is a niche market for this book. It could use some editing, some cutting down of scenes, but overall the concept is fascinating and worth developing. Perhaps it's a subject better suited to a memoir or autobiography rather than fiction.

  • Maggie
    2019-03-21 20:41

    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 focused more on the death of a classmate, but no--it's just a reoccurring topic of thought and conversation. After reading nearly half the book, I honestly could not identify a plot to the book. I have no idea where the story was going or what the resolution would be at the end. As far as I can tell, the resolution is Emma coming more to terms with her blindness--but the book takes place a year after she lost her eyesight. She's already begun to come to terms with her blindness and has started to return to her normal lifestyle. Her growth from the beginning to end could only be minimal.There was one thing I enjoyed about the book: there were some beautiful and intriguing scenes and descriptions of Emma adapting to her blindness. I found these parts incredibly interesting, but unfortunately, they were few and far between. This book might be appreciated by readers who are looking for or enjoy reading books about people with disabilities, but otherwise, don't waste your time on this one.

  • Peaches
    2019-03-24 21:24

    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 many things in the world. Frankly, I would probably consider ending my life (not that I think Emma should have, but that would be my reaction in the circumstance). Anyway, the book was definitely hard to read for someone with my mindset. I kept thinking that the “good things” that were happening to her such as getting a dog weren’t enough to outweigh the loss of function she has. The descriptions of her darkness and how she had to navigate her world/be dependent on others were horrifying (though poorly written). Ultimately, the book was super tedious because it was surprisingly boring (with extremely long chapters and no reason for the chapter breaks...) and poorly written. Reading that this was DeWoskin’s first YA book, I think she should make it her last as well. The worst aspects of the book included (but were not limited to):• DeWoskin using a disability as the primary plot device and characterization of the protagonist. I know that Emma used to like spaghetti and meatballs as a child, but now she has no food preferences, clothes preferences, or preferences on what she does/looks like. Everything is determined by her blindness and she has no real personality, just a purveying sense of loss towards everything (not only her eyes, but also her friends, old life, etc.). She’s a really great sister and patient with her siblings and tries to be a good friend, but she’s a people pleaser by nature, so I don’t even know if she enjoys acting those ways. Moreover, nothing really happens in this book except Emma flashing back to going blind and a girl Emma attests was her friend dying (but she has no real emotions towards). The characters don’t really develop; they have realizations, then fade back into the scenery. Topics such as slut shaming, underage (and parents) drinking, and suicide are included, but nothing is resolved or even discussed in an effective way. From reading that DeWoskin also has written a book about a girl with dwarfism, it appears that she attempts to find a way to make a character “interesting” via disability, and lets it shape everything else, which is both offensive and basic. • Of course, Emma has to be so beautiful/hot (with giant boobs…) that everyone around her barely notices her eyes. She doesn’t struggle with trying to cover up zits without being able to see her face to put on make-up or have frizzy hair; she can just let it do whatever it wants and multiple hot guys are after her (she even gets to reject a “weird guy” who is interested in her, which many sighted girls don’t even get the opportunity to do). Emma wasn’t real to me because she really had it too easy. She automatically doesn’t care what she looks like because she can no longer see, which isn’t realistic of being a teenage girl. What does it say about this writer/the intended readers that Emma still has to be effortlessly physically beautiful to be accepted by her peers after her disfigurement?• The endless, obsessive, discussion of smells. The thought of smells usually evokes disgust within me, especially when people smell like food. Nothing triggers me more than a grown adult hovering over me trying to deeply inhale the scent of the food I’m eating (yes, people act like this in an office environment and it’s revolting). That Jimmy John’s sign “Free Smells” makes me want to vomit every time I see it; consequently, the repetitive inclusion of just about every smell to describe someone/something was nauseating and really bland. I get it: She can’t see, so she uses her other senses, but touch and hearing were significantly less included than the smells, unfortunately.• The plot driven around Claire, who no one really knew, apparently. I thought maybe Emma would uncover her murder, like maybe Blythe pushed her, or there would be some clarity, but no, she just killed herself and no one will ever know why. Furthermore, the weird meetings are still so strange to me. “Let’s meet to discuss why Claire might have done this in a creepy abandoned house.” “Ok, I’ll bring some of my siblings (one of which is too young to be exposed to underage drinking) and some random friends I had who never even knew her! Maybe some teachers will come eventually!” Yep, all of that happens. I’m all for teens trying to have a discussion about what goes on in their world, but all they did was sit around, get off topic, and drink. • Every random thought DeWoskin has about teenagers seems thrown in randomly with little reason: “’Oooooooh! You said Peter—ha-ha!’ And you’re like, ‘But your name is Peter’” (119). • The writing style with continuous “ums” and “likes” in a sad attempt to emulate teen talk: “Deirdre was like, ‘Let’s have cake’” (206). Do teens talk this way? Sure, sometimes (depending on their geographical location), but do they need to read a book with such poor wording when they should be learning from reading? Nope.• The love interests made no sense. Logan and Zach begin hooking up, then readers never hear about it until he conveniently dumps her after Emma has had a period of growth away from her best friend. A guy named Josh I barely remember makes out with Emma, which makes her then want to make out with a ton of guys (the unfortunately named Coltrane included) and even Seb (if, as Emma remarks, his girlfriend is ok with it…). Like her lack of interests in, really, anything, Emma doesn’t have any real feelings for any of these guys and uses them interchangeably, which is believable only because she’s still gorgeous with enormous boobs…It was also never clear if Seb and Dee were actually dating, yet another unresolved plot.• The smaller story of Annabelle and Emma helping her was ok until I realized that a great portion of Emma’s help, to get Annabelle to listen to sounds, is futile because she’s also going deaf…I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone and I can’t remember how I even heard of it, but I wish I hadn’t!

  • Susan
    2019-03-26 18:38

    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 was a complete dud,as far as I'm concerned. The description was intriguing, which is why I requested it, but that was the most interesting part of the book to me.

  • Ivy
    2019-04-14 22:42

    i was so excited when i started reading this, but unfortunately i have to admit that the book wasn't as astouding as i had expected.the plot and the writing is spot-on, but despite being quite a lengthy YA, sometimes it gets extremely confusing, especially the part when they start 'hanging out' at the mayburg place. in conclusion, i liked the book, but it can get boring (REALLY REALLY BORING).

  • Sharon
    2019-03-30 18:28

    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.

  • Alexis
    2019-04-12 01:18

    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 leaving her behind so it seems. She’s out living the life Emma wishes she still had, losing her virginity without telling her best friend, learning how to drive and taking the boy she’s always loved away from her. Emma doesn’t know what to do anymore and feels so jaded by everyone around her. After everything settles down, a childhood friend washes up out of a lake and has high amounts of drugs in her system. Now, Emma sets off to find out the truth with her trusty dog Spark and her white cane. Rachel Dewoskin published her third novel in 2014. She is previously known for Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small, a novel about a sixteen year old with dwarfism, which received the American Library Association’s Alex Award. In her novels, she draws attention to the attributes that humans take for granted everyday, like sight, which she shows can be changed in just a split second. The characters are well developed and relatable. After her accident, Emma is angry at the world and snaps at the ones she loves and the people sent to help her. If something of this magnitude happened to me, I would be acting out and it would be exceedingly hard to see the bright side in having a world of color taken away and being replaced by a darkness that has no end. The plot for me is a little far fetched but it is explained well and makes sense to me. After Emma is developed as a character and her life is explained, Claire commits suicide, at least that’s what the papers say, so she sets off to uncover what really happened. Golden girl Claire would never kill herself like that and if she was hurting inside, no one could tell. So what happened that no adult in strict Lake Main will tell them? What is the truth? To me, it seems a little wild and unrealistic that a blind girl and her service dog are going to solve this crime, but she does have the help of her friends, even if they all bicker the whole time. This novel compares to the Book of Eli, a movie that came out in 2010 about a blind man who holds a sacred book on how to save humankind. In the movie, a man is after him to obtain the book and destroy the world, so Eli has to go on the run and fight when necessary. Like Emma, Eli knows the struggles of being a “total” and having to navigate a world meant for people who have the privilege of sight. Since this is a young adult novel, it compares to all of the other YA books I’ve read. Emma is forced to experience her best friend having relations with the boy she’s loved since elementary school and has to act like everything is okay. She feels like the world is against her and at times wishes she wasn’t back at Lake Main High School, but still attending her private school with people who know the pain and can relate to her. She misses Sebastian, the boy who showed her the way in her new world and understood her when every else treated her like she was incapable. The main issue in this novel was suicide, which they talked about a lot because of Claire. To me, the theme was never take anything for granted, especially day to day commodities, like sight. I would recommend this novel to my friends, since it’s more of a easy read. Since the main character is a high school female who struggles with boy troubles and best friends, I would say females would enjoy this vastly more than the males.

  • Melek Yılmaz
    2019-03-26 20:37

    3.5 ile 4 arası bir yerdeyim, yorumu yazarken kararlaştıracağım...

  • Clare Holman-Hobbs
    2019-04-18 18:20

    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.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-15 19:41

    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.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-04-08 22:20

    For more reviews, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.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 readers, but highly pleasing for a select group. Blind is an in-depth study of what life is like for a newly blind teenager.There’s not much plot in Blind. The only real conflict is Emma’s inner conflict. The arc is her coming to terms with her blindness and learning to accept her new self. The suicide is important to her, but it’s not action or drama really. The most dramatic bit is some friendship trouble. Otherwise, this book is very realistic on the ins and outs of her days. We call the genre realistic fiction, but usually it’s a fictional realistic. It’s all believable, but it’s the most exciting week in someone’s life or their life is just a bit more exciting than a person’s usually is or the boring bits are skipped. Blind is realistic in the minutiae. It’s mostly the boring bits, which is cool, but also slow-going and definitely going to be a hindrance to some readers.Blind is one of those cases where I probably would have DNFed the book in print, but I enjoyed the audio. Though Annalie Gernert didn’t read with all that much emotion, her narration really fit with Emma, who is very quiet and thoughtful. Even when she gets angry, she tends to do it quietly. She’s not generally very spontaneous. This is actually a side effect of her blindness, because she’s trying really hard not to stand out. Thus, the measured reading really seemed like it WAS Emma and that brought her alive enough for me to care about the tiny details of her daily life.Plus, it’s really fascinating to learn so many details about what it’s like to be blind. Blind definitely taught me things I hadn’t known before, especially about the differences between being born blind and becoming blind later in life. There’s a lot about how Emma learns to function so well. This is a great book for awareness of other ways of experiencing the world.The writing was really unique. Emma perceives the world in a way that comes across almost as synesthesia. She hears sounds and imagines them as colors. Textures too. She can sometimes hear what color something is, though she’s not always right about that. I’m not sure if this is a byproduct of having once had sight or an Emma thing. It makes the narration really unique though.The book’s main drawback, as I said, is how slow it is. You’ve got to be there for a long emotional journey. In the end, Emma comes to a really healthy place. She learns to accept her new self and gains more self-confidence than she even had before the accident that took her sight. She and her best friend come through their troubles still friends. Emma learns that she’s lovable and even makes moves to get herself a boy (or two). She bonds with her least favorite sibling in a way that’s really heart-warming. Her character arc is ultimately very worth it, if you can manage to slog through the details.Blind is most definitely worth checking out if you’re a reader who enjoys in-depth character studies or want to learn more about blindness. If you’re a plot-oriented reader, I’d advise you to steer clear.

  • Katie
    2019-03-21 21:24

    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, the style of writing must encompass all of these things. Every page of Blind is wordy and it took me a while to look past that and just enjoy the story. I think some readers will have difficulty overlooking the weighty style of writing but it is worth it to get past.The characters are a wonderful mix of people. Emma, the main character, is a very hard person to like. She is rather whiny at first and ever since her accident she’s had trouble looking past her own problems to see that other people care about her and that she is not the only one with issues. Emma automatically assumes the worst about people but what’s even worse is that she assumes the worst about herself. She assumes that nobody will ever love her because of her blindness, that she’s worthless without her sight, and that her life will never get better. The only thing that kept me from getting really annoyed with her attitude was to try and see things from her point of view. Emma’s best friend, Logan, was always there to help Emma see the bright side of things. She was a good friend who stuck by Emma’s side after the accident and didn’t let Emma’s blindness change things in their relationship. Sure they had their ups and downs but I considered their friendship one of the stronger ones I’ve read about. Another friendship I liked was that of Emma and Sebastian. Sebastian didn’t have a huge role in the story but he made an impression in the small amount of time he was there. He was blind, like Emma, but didn’t let it stop him from trying to live a normal life.The family relationships were by far the best part of the book. Emma was part of a very big family consisting of 7 kids: 5 sisters and a brother. Her brother, Benj, was my favorite of them all. He was so adorable! He brought some lightness to the story. Emma’s sisters also played quite a big role. Leah, Naomi, Jenna, Sarah, and Lily were very important to Emma no matter how often she got mad at them or how she pretended to feel about them. Seeing how their relationships changed with Emma’s blindness only helped show how important family was to all of them. Emma was the only one injured in the accident but not a single person in her family wasn’t affected by it.The story was quite slow and with the addition of the wordy writing, it dragged quite a bit. For the most part there wasn’t a great plot to the story. Everything was all about Emma learning to live with her blindness. Sure that was interesting but the story would have moved along a lot quicker if there was something else going on. There was a little bit of mystery early on regarding the death of a classmate but that was cleared up pretty quickly. This truly is a story about Emma coping with her new disability as well as learning to move on and realize that life isn’t over for her, in fact it’s only really just beginning.Overall, Blind was a very unique story that shows things through a very different perspective. Readers who don’t mind a slower paced story with a lot of character development will enjoy this one.

  • Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
    2019-03-21 18:29

    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 and everything being so much harder for her academically. She can't read the board, or pay attention as well because noise at times is like an assault to her.She keeps opening her eyes and being surprised when she is still in the dark. It just endears her to me. After her accident, she was screaming and refusing to do anything and I think that is so realistic. I could see that being my reaction. But it starts to change and she gets the curiosity and drive to try to get back into the game of life when she gets a K9 buddy, a dog named Spark. He loves her just the same and it is a constant for her. He isn't a seeing guide dog persay, but he did have training.I adored her best friend and sister Leah. They were by her side whether she wanted it or not. Logan (female best friend) tries to keep her up to date with what is going on and helps her from class to class. She wouldn't take no for an answer in her darker days and kept coming back to visit her. And speaking of her family, there are 7 kids. It is pretty unique to get to read about a family like that and I think it was a good element. From the younger siblings we get to see the tender moments and also the questions that no one else will ask, and from the older we see the support. Emma's parents are polar opposites but they make it work and they are present in kids lives even when they sometimes agree to disagree how to handle some of the issues that arise. And the element of the teen missing and then found? It was an okay element for me, but I wasn't overly crazy about it. I think it did help to keep the town and other teens from school from focusing too much on Emma, and it gave her another tragedy to come alongside and realize that while being blind sucks, at least she is alive. It is also an avenue for the teens to get together, get to know one another better as well as finding their safe place to talk about tragedy.The romance is pretty light in this one, but I was okay with it. During most of her dark time, I think that it would have been unrealistic. But I will say that the romance that was there wasn't quite the direction that I expected it to go, but I was still pleased with it, and think that it fit the tone of the book.I really enjoyed watching Emma grow, the amazing family that she has, and the support from Logan (even though their friendship was tested, and that it evolved) and her other friends that she learned to lean on and begin to let in bit after bit. Emma was well on her way to figuring out how to live as a person who has lost her sight, as well as into a beautiful and strong person.The ending was nice, and gave me completion. Though I wouldn't mind more time with these characters, and I was sad for the time to end, I like how it wrapped up and where it left me in Emma's story.Bottom Line: Journey of a girl finding her way in a world without sight. Also firmly a story of family and friendship.

  • Connie
    2019-03-29 23:34

    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 must say is intriguing and coming from a first person who is blind, i thought it would really be interesting to read from a visually impaired person's perspective. On top of that, it suggests that the mystery of a murder was about to be unravelled through the investigation by the blind protagonist Emma and along the way there was self-worth discovery for her from which she drew strength at facing life again. But no, not really, first of all, the book wasted the first half of its content on too many unnecessary family members Emma has, she has 6 other siblings, who frankly, with or without them, makes no difference to the plot, but each sibling was being described and mentioned more often than expected anyway. Then the second half of it tries to confuse the reader with Emma's friends, and then friends of her friends who also wanted to join in for the finding of the mystery of Claire's death...only which, these meetings were all so lame and none was even about putting thoughts into action but rather each meeting either ended up with a fight or Emma would storm out with teenage rants in between. In the end they all ended up paying Claire a tribute at one memorial event and that's that. The ending was head-scratching, suddenly, a guy friend out of nowhere decided to kiss Emma, and Emma with her new found confidence asked another boy out and bragged about it to her best friend, before she finally realized she could dump her sunglasses and expose her scarred eye to the world. I mean, come on, where is this going? The synopsis totally does the trick that is all i can say.

  • Liralen
    2019-04-16 01:28

    In Not If I See You First, the protagonist has been blind for more than half her life. In Blind, it's been a year, and Emma's still adjusting.A lot going on here: in addition to Emma coping with 'mainstreaming' in a public high school after a period spend at a school for the blind, she's trying to understand the apparent suicide of a girl her age. She has five sisters and a brother, and they aren't static characters either—Emma gets on with one of her older sisters but not the other; one of her younger sisters is desperate to be one of the 'big kids', etc. Emma might be growing apart from her best friend. She spends most of the book crushing on one boy or another. And so it goes.The apparent suicide of Claire—who shows up on the page only in Emma's memory and in other characters talking about her—is both one of the driving threads of the story and one of the ones I was least interested in. A bunch of teenagers set out to have 'real' and 'frank' discussions about...life and death and taking care of each other...or something like that...and every single time those discussions devolve into shouting and insults and douchiness. And they never really figure anything out. It's actually much more realistic than what I had expected from the book description (for some reason I was assuming foul play and pint-sized crime solvers), but also a little...cringe-worthy?*Edited to add: On further reflection, it strikes me as odd that the religiosity of the town Emma lives in is not used to more effect. I'd expect that in a town she describes repeatedly as very religious (and presumably very conservative), that would come into play when the characters talk about Claire's death and whether or not certain characters are queer. But it doesn't, which seems like a lost opportunity. I suppose the author didn't want to get tooooo controversial...