By Priscilla Cummings
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.
Author website: http://www.priscillacummings.com/
Grade Level Interest: JS