ARC REVIEW: A Blind Spot For Boys by Juliana Chen a.k.a what knocks your heart open? + Giveaway & Playlist!
TITLE:A Blind Spot For Boys
PUBLICATION:Published August 12th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Shana Wilde has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who’s right in front of her?
Shana is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it’s time to end the plague of Mr. Wrongs and devote herself to her true passion: photography.
Enter Quattro, the undeniably intriguing lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don’t simply fly; they ignite—and so does Shana’s interest. But just as she’s about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind.
Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see, so they plan a photo safari to Machu Picchu. But even as Shana travels away from Quattro, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen (North of Beautiful).
“Maybe that’s all we’re supposed to do after we’ve taken a spill: brush ourselves off, get back on our feet. No fuss. No blame. Just soldier on.”
Warm fuzzies all over. Justina Chen is a foreign author to me and honestly, after reading A Blind Spot for Boys, I don’t understand why I haven’t read any other of her works yet! When I finished the novel, I felt rejuvenated. I was transported to Machu Picchu without even moving a foot. That’s how vivid Justina Chen’s writing is.
Shana just got out of a bad break up. And when I say bad, I meant the messy-and-painful kind of bad. Dom really hurt her and her way of coping up is dating a lot of guys then just tossing them at the side. Now this kind of attitude will annoy me for sure, but I just really felt sorry for Shana. First of all, I’m a girl.. I UNDERSTAND. Second, she’s just sixteen!! Too young to be hurt like that by an older guy. So even though I don’t agree with all her decisions, I kind of understand. And then.. Quattro came along.
The characters were great, I really loved Shana. I was suprised on how much I relate her. It’s a different story when it comes to Quattro though. Yes, he is swoony.. but I did not really feel that connected to him. Grace and the others are golden! They’re very real to me. Shana’s parents are exceptional. This is one of those YA Contemporary that both of the parents are actually alive! And even though there are tragedies that keeps hitting them, how they responded is very realistic. I really love that each one of the characters has their own backstories that are meaningful and inspirational. You will not help but be moved.
It’s true that readers might think that this book is just about a girl trying to move on from a bad breakup and went all boy-crazy based on the cover, but believe me when I say that it’s so much more than that. It’s about growing up, heartbreak, opening up and standing up again when life keeps hitting you, hard. Justina Chen is a brilliant writer! Not just because of her gorgeous writing or her way of making me swoon, but because with a novel with approximately 300 pages, she inspired me, made me experience the beauty of Machu Picchu and made me believe that love isn’t easy but.. it’s worth it!
You can listen HERE!
What do you want from me by Adam Lambert
Someone Like You by Adele
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka
Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Hit the Road Jack (Originally Performed by Ray Charles)
Car Crash by Matt Nathanson
Best Days of Your Life by Kellie Pickler
All by Myself by Eric Carmen
Beauty In The World by Macy Gray
Justina Chen is an award-winning novelist for young adults whose books include A Blind Spot for Boys, Return to Me, and North of Beautiful (a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and Barnes & Noble). Her other novels are Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere selections) and Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), which won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature.
A passionate advocate of teen advocacy, Justina co-founded readergirlz, a cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, which won the National Book Foundation’s Prize for Innovations in Reading.
When she isn’t writing for teens, Justina is an executive communications strategista. That’s a fancy way of saying that she helps leaders tell their stories at companies like Disney and AT+T, NASDAQ and Microsoft. What she enjoys best is trekking the world with her two compadres, her teen kids.