Review: A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

Hello everyone,
Sorry for the lack of posts last week. Work was super busy and when I got home all I wanted to do was some aimless net surfing and then sleep. But fall break is coming up and that means I have a week off from work. Yay! And all I'm planning to do is catch up on my reading.

Anywho, my thoughts about A Blind Spot for Boys...

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: LBYR
Pages: 392 pages
Release Date: August 12, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher/BookSparks
Series: n/a
Shana has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who's right in front of her?
Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it's time to end the plague of Mr. Wrong, Wrong, and More Wrong.
Enter Quattro, the undeniably cute lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don't just fly; they ignite. And so does Shana's interest. Right as she's about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind. Quattro is quickly forgotten, and Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see. So they travel to Machu Picchu, and as they begin their trek, they run into none other than Quattro himself. But even as the trip unites them, Quattro pulls away mysteriously... Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen.

A Blind Spot for Boys had a lot of my buzz words: it's contemporary YA, it involves a cute boy and, hence, a romance, and traveling to a difference country. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it and I give it

Then-sophomore Shana Wilde was secretly dating 22-year old Dom. The relationship ended badly and she quickly went through a whole slew of guys before she finally put herself in a Boy Moratorium. Shana was a photographer, a passion she shared with her dad. She met Quattro when he literally ran into her just as she was about to take the perfect shot of Seattle's Gum Wall (read the excerpt of this scene). Quattro was cute and smart, and normally Shana would be all over him but she knew it was smarter to stay away. Then, her dad received devastating news: he's going blind and have about six months until he loses his sight. Her parents decided that, while there's still time, they're going to travel and at the top of their list is Machu Picchu. And, who does Shana ran into in Peru but Quattro... Just when Shana realized she's ready to drop her boy moratorium, Quattro pulls away.

First of all, I love that Shana and her family travel to Machu Picchu. I wish Machu Picchu was on A Blind Spot for Boys' cover because it's such a big part of the story. We were with Shana, her parents and their group as they hiked the Inca trail. It was great living vicariously through Shana. It's been a while since I did a hike and after reading about it, I really wanted to do another one. Their hike (their whole trip, actually) was crazy, though, because the worst things that could happen, did. I don't know how I would have dealt with the situation if it was me but it was great reading to see how they got out of it and how the whole experience changed Shana.

I also really liked that both of her parents were very much in the novel. It was awesome that there was as much a focus on Shana's relationship with her parents as her growing relationship with Quattro. Shana saw the strain her dad's diagnosis had put on her parents but she also saw how strong their love was that they were able to weather though it as a unit because their relationship was solid. You don't often see parents of YA characters having that big a role in YA novels, and the parents being an inspiration for the kind of relationship a YA character would want for his or her own.

There was a scene towards between Shana and her dad towards the end of the novel that moved me to tears. It was just so wonderful to watch Shana's character grow and see her gain a new perspective on love, friendship, family and her talent.

My one [minor] issue with this book was that we're told (rather than shown) that Shana was a flirtatious, attractive and fashion forward girl (she runs a very successful and popular urban fashion blog) and boys come to her like flies. There was mention of her blog throughout the novel and that her closet was filled with trendy clothes at the end of the book, but there wasn't really anything about her style of dress (you know, like in Lola and the Boy Next Door where we really got a feel for Lola's unique style). As for being super attractive, even though she was swearing off guys, you'd think there'd be some tourists boys giving her the eye while she was in Peru. I don't know... I never really got any of that flirtatious, fashionable vibe from her character.

This isn't an issue, but I would have liked more Shana and Quattro happy times. I liked Quattro even though he was a bit hot and cold. I understood why. He's dealing with his own heavy issues. Both Shana and Quattro were intelligent people and I wanted them to have more banter. We kind of got some of that in a couple of scenes early on in the story and I would have liked more. I love intelligent banter between characters.

Overall, I enjoyed A Blind Spot for Boys. I really liked Shana's character and her growth, the older women in their trekking group who added to the humor of the story, her mom and dad, Quattro (who was pretty dreamy) and the Machu Picchu setting. It kind of reminded me of Kirsten Hubbard's Wanderlove (my review) because of the South American setting but A Blind Spot for Boys had more funny moments, which I really appreciated. Live vicariously through Shana and travel to Machu Picchu by reading A Blind Spot for Boys this fall season.

Happy reading,

1 comment

  1. This one is in my tbr pile. Glad to hear you liked it. Banter always makes for a fun read.


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