Blind Spot for Boys
By: Justina Chen
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Shana is one of those girls who can get all the guys with ease. She’s beautiful, confident, and just does her thing. So it’s easy for her to use them and lose them. Until the one where it doesn’t go that way. Her friends don’t know about that one, the one who haunts her. When she meets Quattro she never expects it to mean anything, he’s a random guy but he’s interesting. But he’s quickly forgotten when she gets life-changing news about her father losing his eyesight.
They family obviously struggles with the news but rather than hunkering down they decide to take a trek to Machu Picchu. Those kinds of trips are bound to teach you something about the people you’re with and who you really are. When Quattro shows up on the trip as part of another tour she doesn’t know what to think except that it is the worst timing. Especially since he blows so hot and cold himself.
The women in this book were really the ones I loved the most. The things that they taught Shana, the things that they helped her to see and learn for herself, all of it was so great. It also reminded me about the things I had learned and the ways I learned them. That made this book into something I could connect to and feel something for perhaps more than some.
I actually ended up pulling over and finishing this book in a parking lot a few hours from home because I didn’t want to wait until I got home to finish it. And seeing the way things were with her family was enough to make me want to cry. I wanted to cry the sad tears when they struggled and the happy tears when they were able to rebound and be strong for each other.
My favorite person in the book is the one everyone would have counted out, the one who was able to surprise them all with the spirit to bare it all for everyone. And she was so great. I don’t think you can read this book and not love several of the characters with their determination, personalities, and flaws.
Shana and Quattra are both damaged people who are hoping to heal. This trip can help them start on the path to get there, but they aren’t there yet. The only question is what will it take to get them to see that they’re clearly going to be able to help each other and what kind of relationship or friendship they need to have.
I really enjoyed this one. And despite how exhausting it all sounded and the danger presented it made the idea of that kind of trek sound appealing to me. Not because I think it would be easy, but because it made me think about the way I’m sure people really can discover things about themselves when they reach for something outside of their usual comfort zone the way these characters all did.
If you enjoy reading about characters who have their world shaken up by life and then by relationships, who get to figure out how to stand again, then you’ll enjoy this book. Because despite everything else that’s what this book felt like it was about to me, two people learning to stand again when life knocked them off their feet.