A Blind Spot for Boys is young adult as its best. It has romance, adventure, mud slides, heartache, but it is so much more than a fluffy love story. The main character Shana, hell bent on protecting her hurting heart, has sworn of boys. Sometimes life serves you exactly what you do not want, so of course Shana meets a boy. Taking photographs one morning at the gum wall in Pikes Place Market leads her straight into the path of a mysterious and witty boy. He is precisely what she is working so hard to avoid. Meanwhile, her family is struck with an unexpected turn of events which leads her to a hike in Machu Pichu with her parents and a tour group of hikers. Shana and her family have to take of the blinders and wrestle with life in the midst of beautiful ruins.
The characters in this novel are rich and multi-dimensional. I appreciated the layers of complexity with family struggles, learning about life through crisis, and personal triumph. Well written young adult novels are packed with hidden gems of depth and wisdom. This book is definitely a jewel, Justina Chen writes smart and relatable young women. She never dumbs them down or over-sexualizes them. You can feel confident letting your daughter read this book, and you will enjoy the journey even if you are far beyond adolescence. I declare it a good solid read.
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Justina Chen is a local Seattle author with other great books worth your time. Her other works include:
Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) (A Justina Chen Novel)