A Blind Spot for Boys: A Novel
A Blind Spot for Boys: A Novel
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Annotation: After a bad breakup and the discovery that her father is quickly going blind, sixteen-year-old photographer Shana and her parents travel to Machu Picchu for an adventure, where Shana meets Quattro, a boy with secrets of his own.
Catalog Number: #95823
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 321 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-10253-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-85365-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-10253-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-85365-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013021621
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Shana is a photographer who is trying to see the beauty in the everyday, to find something that "knocks her heart open" to put in her art-school application portfolio in the fall. Her father, a lifelong exterminator with a dream of seeing 50 amazing things by his fifties, is slowing down, and not just due to aging: he has been diagnosed with retinal neuropathy, and he will lose his sight in just a few months. In that time, Shana travels with her family, intent on making joyous memories before her father loses his vision completely. Along the way, she has unexpected adventures and finds the picture that will finish her portfolio, with unforeseen assistance from cute lacrosse player Quattro. Her last relationship ended badly, and even though she is trying to stay away from boys altogether, she and Quattro have irresistible, sparkling chemistry. Chen, author of the smart and serious North of Beautiful (2009), finds similar ground here: an emotional and beautiful story, with hints of budding romance mixed in with the touching realism.
Horn Book
Shana's afraid of another failed relationship and of what her father's impending blindness will mean for her family. To ward off their despair, Shana and her parents embark on a Peruvian trek that's spiritually and emotionally inspiring. Chen's Machu Picchu backdrop complements Shana's strenuous journey from a place of fear and heartbreak toward renewed trust.
Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old aspiring photographer Shana Wilde is spending the summer scouring Seattle, trying to capture -knock-your-heart-open- moments on film to fill the portfolio she hopes will help get her into her dream college. She-s also on a -Boy Moratorium,- having had her heart broken by an older boy. While taking photos, Shana literally bumps into Quattro, an attractive, kind guy visiting Seattle with his father to look at colleges, who happens to be on a -Girl Moratorium- himself. Then Shana learns that her father is going blind. Along with her parents, Shana travels to Machu Picchu before her amateur photographer father loses his sight entirely; there, Shana bumps into Quattro once again. Chen creates the kind of vivid characters and strong emotion that featured so prominently in North of Beautiful, along with unexpected moments of action and danger, and descriptions that make the Andean setting come to life. As Shana and Quattro open up to each other-s losses, both past and future, their sweet romance will leave readers satisfied. Ages 12-up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up&12; After a painful breakup, Shana Wilde has issued a "Boy Moratorium" when it comes to dating and relationships, despite her own flirtatious personality. In search of the perfect photograph to bolster her portfolio for college, Shana meets Quattro, and his wit and sweetness make her question her new mantra. Life throws another curveball Shana's way when her father announces he is going blind. With her father's sight lessening every day, Shana and her parents fly to Peru to pursue a lifelong dream of visiting Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, with her father angry at what fate has thrown at him and her mother trying to reassure her dad, Shana feels isolated and alone. When Quattro steps back into her life, she must decide if she is ready to embrace a new chance at happiness. Chen tackles romance and family adeptly in this realistic fiction story. The protagonist's character development is entwined with how she handles the challenges in front of her. In the beginning, the teen tends to be a bit too whiny; however, the change in environment smooths the path for growth for Shana and Quattro, and the rough terrain of the Inca Trail adds flair and danger. The story is high on heartbreak, but leaves the future open to hope, particularly for the narrator. A book that will appeal to readers who enjoy a side of adventure with their heartache.&12; Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN
Voice of Youth Advocates
Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde's heart lacks the ability to cope with being shattered by her first love. Instead of mourning her loss and moving on, she becomes a jaded serial dater, shattering hearts of her own. She has perfected the game, until a chance encounter brings her face-to-face with a cute, enigmatic boy named Quattro. Just as she begins to lessen her boy moratorium, her family learns that her father is going blind. With the loss of her father's vision looming, Shana's family takes a dream vacation to give him one last sighted adventure. The first leg of the trip includes hiking Machu Picchu where Shana runs intonone other thanQuattro. As the trek up the mountain intensifies, and the elements threaten lives, Shana learns that little stolen moments are worth the pain.A Blind Spot for Boys uses sarcasm and humor to address the age-old conflict of love and trust. Told from Shana's perspective, readers gain insight into the fears and insecurities that plague adolescents after traumatic breakups. Although Shana and Quattro serve as the primary focus, secondary characters show the multifaceted nature of love as well as obstacles that many must overcome to find happiness. The plot seems clichÚ at times and drags in a few places; however, it reflects the internal conflict that affects people after they have experienced lossloss of love, loss of sight, loss of security, and loss of self. Educators and librarians hoping to engage female readers want to add this novel to their shelves.Courtney M. Krieger.
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Word Count: 76,422
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 167626 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:19.0 / quiz:Q65177
Lexile: 830L

"A great photo knocks your heart open. So give some thought to that. What knocks your heart open."


Sixteen-year-old 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.


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