A Blind Spot For Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot For BoysJustina ChenYA Contemporary RomancelAugust 12, 2014Hardcover336

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.

If it were possible for people to have book soul mates, this would be mine.

Shana’s overwhelming creative passion (photography) is like my love of writing (obviously). I do also have a camera, but that’s beside the point because I barely know how to use it. Actually, maybe it’s not so irrelevant because my late grandma (who’s my equivalent of Shana’s dad, though Grammy never got cranky no matter how bad things got) was the one who bought me the camera.

Her blindspot for boys is also something I share. I’ve never dated like she has, but have a bad history of all the WRONG guys liking me.

So, in short?

  • Creative passion? √
  • Inspiration for said passion is gone (metaphorically for Shana and physically for me) √
  • Bad Record with/Blind Spot for Boys? √

It’s a match made in Heaven. As Shana’s mom would say, A Blind Spot for Boys and I have “sine qua non” or for you non-Latin aficionados: “an essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.”

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