Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Blue Crown Press; 260 pages
Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and... oh yeah, he's blind.
Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.
With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
I would like to thank the author, Emlyn Chand and Damaris from Good Choice Reading for allowing us the opportunity to read and review Farsighted.
First, I'd like to start out with how interesting it was to read a book from the point of view of a blind, sixteen year old boy. Not only is always interesting to read books from boys points of views but the fact that our main character is also blind and has been his entire life was absolutely different and exciting to read. Every teenager goes through struggle but seriously, nothing is worse than what Alex goes through. He's never had a friend until his sophomore year and has always been picked on by the school's jock, Brady. It's cruel, really. For kids to even think it's alright to pick on someone when you have such an advantage. I don't think it's right to pick on kids, period, but with someone with a disability? That just makes Brady that much bigger of a jerk.
When new girl, Simmi, arrives at school they instantly form a friendship and are basically inseparable from there on out. Alex also meets new girl, Sharpi, whose mother runs Miss Teak's, a physic shop. The three of them have become best friends and I have to say I absolutely love the friendship of them together, as a whole and them individually. At first, it kind of seems like this weird love triangle thing is going on between them but I really don't think that's the case.
Our three main characters find out just how different they are and how they came to be all in this one small town together. The story is interesting, I enjoyed the characters well enough but I just felt like it was lacking that 'wow' factor that really draws you in to a story. Also, I found Alex's dialogue to be a bit...unrealistic at times? True, he's not a normal teenage boy but just sometimes his choice of words or his behavior just didn't seem like how a teenage boy would behave. (I grew up with two of them, so I kind of saw those things first hand...) Those were really my only issues with this book. I'm curious to see where the next book goes, especially with how this book left off...but I can't say I'm overly excited.
Should you give this book a try? Sure. Like I said, it's good but it's nothing to dance and fangirl about. It's definitely interesting and different because of the situation Alex is in, with his blindness, so that alone made it worth reading. The characters are great, especially Sharpi and her mother.
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