Monday, April 11, 2011


By Priscilla Cummings
226 pages

Summary: Despite what she’s trying to believe, Natalie is slowly losing her eye sight. In order to prepare for her future, she must attend a school for the blind. But Natalie refuses to be like the rest of her classmates...she won’t learn braille, she doesn’t want a cane....she is not going blind. When the first symptoms happen, Natalie must decide if she will live hidden away and scared, or if she will embrace her strength and move forward with her new reality.

Review: Blindsided is a wonderful look at the heartbreaking difficulty of losing one’s sight. Readers will be drawn into the process that Natalie goes through and the struggles she must overcome. It is simply unimaginable to many of us what this must feel like for those in Natalie’s position. The pacing is a little slow, but it allows space for the reader to connect with Natalie and her process. There are also quite a few tense moments that will captivate the reader’s interest. Cummings does a good job of giving agency to a population that does not often make it into YA literature.

Also by Priscilla Cummings: Red Kayak, What Mr Mattero Did and A Face First

If you liked Blindsided, you might also enjoy: Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Birthmarked by Caragh M O’Brien

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Writing: 4/4
Characters: 3/4
Plot: 4/4
Originality: 4/4
Popularity: 3/4
Cover: 4/4
Grade Level Interest: JS


Amber said...

Thanks for the great review! This is one I'll have to check out!

Bethany said...

It sounds good. I'll add it to my TBR list :)

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I didn't want to put it down once I got started reading on the plane. Apart from the wonderful twists and turns within the story itself, the emotional depth is what distinguishes this book from the pack. Family, and its many shapes and definitions, is a wonderful subtext to the events which occur in the lives of Phillips' characters. This is awesome stuff.

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