A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen is the rare book that covers so many topics within its pages, without becoming jumbled or overburdened. It is a lovingly-written tale about family and love and loss and finding meaning in what really matters most.
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.
Chen lovingly captures the emotions of her characters — not just her narrator Shana (who suffers from that titular blind spot), but also for the charming Quattro and her adventure-seeking parents (and their traveling companions, too). Each of them is going through their own tragedy, and their struggle to come to terms and move past is captured brilliantly in their trek to Machu Picchu.
A Blind Spot for Boys is a book about love gone wrong and love gone right. It’s a book about photography and travel and the world’s wonders. It’s about finding your place, in the world and in your family. It’s about friendship and heartache and family. It is so many things, and Chen masterfully covers these many topics within just over 300 pages – never making the reader feel bogged down by so much. It is, to say the least, impressive that she has managed to cover so much in so few pages, without ever losing her way.
A Blind Spot for Boys is in stores August 12th.