[ARC Review] Blind Spot for Boys by Justina ChenTuesday, August 12, 2014
Title: Blind Spot for Boys
Author: Justina Chen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: August 12th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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.
As you all are well aware of, I am a sucker for contemporary YA, I love it and will always gravitate towards it when I am in a slump. So when I got the chance to review Blind Spot for Boys I was so excited because I was in need of a fun, flirty beach read. But sadly that is not what I got.
Let's start with the positive shall we? I loved the setting of this book. It is set in Machu Pichu which was amazing and I loved reading about the country and what it was like to hike and discovery the scenery around the characters. I liked that the focus of the book was on Shana and her family. I thought that was very different than some other reads in the same genre. But sadly that is where my likes end.
I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters in this book. I felt very disconnected from them and the story itself. I was looking forward to a book about a family struggling with Shana's dad's illness but what I got was more of a book about Shana's struggles through Machu Pechu. I wanted more family dynamic and I wanted more emotion so that when something happens, my emotions are with the character, and for me that never happened. I also thought that there were two many secondary characters. I felt overwhelmed by their numbers and most of the time gt confused as to who was who. I also felt that they were very 2 dimensional at times and did nothing to propel the story forward.
Now, with the title of this book being Blind Spot for Boys, you expect there to be a boy, and there is. But for me their relationship was too slow building and I felt to tension between them and no chemistry whatsoever. I wanted more from them and I wanted there to be more conflict and more romance. I just wanted more in general. It was very lack luster for me. Actually to be perfectly honest I felt like the ending itself was lackluster. I felt like I didn't get what I wanted. I got no resolution and really o closure. It just ended and I was sitting there and questioning what this book was about and what I had I had just read. In the end, this book was really disappointing for me and I wish it had had more substance for me really enjoy it.