Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

Title: Blind Spot
Author: Laura Ellen
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012
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There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer.

This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads



Blind Spot by Laura Ellen managed to captivate me from the very first page. It pulled me in with its fascinating main character. Roz is a straight-A student who just so happens to have a genetic eye disease known as macular degeneration. It causes her center field of vision to to be impaired. Roz has to puzzle the pieces of her vision together with things from her memory to be able to get the whole picture at times. I've never read about anything like that before and found Roz to be, not only interesting, but also extremely inspirational.

Roz not only has to deal with her eye problems, but she also has to deal with ignorant people, maddening teachers, her absentee mother, and her own stubbornness. They all present problems throughout the novel. Mostly Mr. Dellian, Roz's Life Skills teacher who makes her life miserable even though he's supposed to be the one teaching her how to cope with her disability. His actions made me so angry I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall.

Most of the characters in Blind Spot were severely flawed, even to the point of being unlikable, I'd say. But at the same time, I felt for them, even the ones I wanted to punch in the face most of the time. But I don't think it was Ellen's goal to make her characters likable. She wrote them to be flawed and pigheaded jerks. Take the main character, for instance. Roz is dealing with a lot and you feel bad for her. People treat her badly and you want to stick up for her. But she makes some very stupid decisions throughout the novel. Mistakes that are so stupid you almost want to say, "Well, you deserve it!"

Usually I hate that in books, when characters bring their problems on themselves, but I didn't hate it in Blind Spot. Because, for every stupid mistake Roz makes there's a repercussion. That's something I've noticed in most YA novels. No repercussions for being stupid. But when Roz does something dumb the love interest doesn't say, "Well, you're just so beautiful, I forgive you." Her friends don't tell her how pretty and smart she is when she screws up and almost gets them all killed. They get mad, as they should, and she has to feel the pain of the mistake she made. She has to live with her screw up. It made the book feel so much more realistic.

I loved that I never had any idea what was going to happen during the course of Blind Spot. I had theories and guesses—the suspect pool is sort of limited, so you're list of suspects is never very long—but somehow I still didn't see the end coming. I only wished that I had gotten to see more of certain characters, namely Rona and Ethan. At first they seem like throw away characters, but the further into the story you get, the bigger their parts become. Only you never really see Rona, and Ethan doesn't show up until the very end, even though their characters are mentioned on almost every page. I wish they had been flushed out as well as the rest of the secondary characters were, but it's a small complaint. It didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

Blind Spot is a murder mystery at heart, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about growing up, about learning who you are, who you want to be and about discovering the truth, no matter what the risks. The ending was... well, you'll see. But I really enjoyed Blind Spot, and it's ending. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels or thrillers.


For more about Blind Spot check out these sites!

AmazonB&NBook Depository • Goodreads

Also be sure to check back next week (10/30/12) to WIN an awesome Swag Pack and a $15 iTunes Gift Card from Laura Ellen on the Blind Spot Blog Tour!

5 comments:

  1. I tried to read this one last week and just couldn't get into it. (I was in a doctor's waiting room, so that might have had something to do with it.) After reading your review, I'm going to give it another go :)

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  2. Great review!!! I've had this one on my TBR list for a while. Now I really want to read it and the ending since you enjoyed it! :D

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  3. Ooh. Now I LIKE that there are repercussions, because you're right, Jesse - a lot of times in YA novels, the characters are given a pass because they're beautiful/talented/loved/etc! This one sounds super compelling and awesome.

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  4. It's great that there's a book that addresses an uncommon disorder, especially the one that affects Roz. I'm glad that the protagonist isn't portrayed as perfect enough for everyone to forgive her. Very few YA books these days have that ever happen in them anymore.

    Lovely review! Definitely planning to read this soon.

    -Angie @YA Novelties

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  5. Murder mystery and it's unpredictable? I'm liking this book already. Thanks for awesome review :D

    -Dannielle

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