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A Blind Spot for Boys


A Blind Spot for Boys

A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina Chen is a book about adventure, family and learning to let go of the past. Shana lives with her father --- who works in pest control and loves photography just as much as she does --- and her mother, who is always smiling and reading steamy romance novels. Shana is putting together her college portfolio when she meets the ever-bright Quattro (such a great name, I know).  On a Boy Moratorium because of the heartbreak she experienced last summer, Shana swears she won’t date any boys, but Quattro has her rethinking her decision.

The rocky relationship between Shana and Quattro was very mature yet playful, and that’s what I loved the most.

After receiving the terrible news that her father is going blind, Shana is devastated. She suggests that her parents complete their Fifty before Fifty, a list of adventures they want to go on before they turn 50 years old. They book a trip to Machu Picchu with her best friend’s grandma to traverse the Inca Trails to reach the elusive site. On the trip, Shana meets Grace, a septuagenarian, grieving the death of her husband. Grace teaches her all the blind spots in her vision regarding her ex-boyfriend, Dom. With the help of Grace and Quattro, who happens to be on the trip as well, Shana is able to let go of her past relationship and open herself up to the possibility of love with Quattro. However, the trip isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Facing mudslides, the wall of ice between her parents and the confusing signals from Quattro, Shana isn’t so sure the trip was worth it. But the pictures she captures and the project she makes out of it makes all the difference, solidifying her love for the camera once again.

A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS is such a great read. I love the friendship Shana forms with Grace and the sagacity behind each of the old lady’s remarks. The way Justina Chen delineates the moment Shana captures a picture is absolutely beautiful. It felt as though I was taking the picture myself. The rocky relationship between Shana and Quattro was very mature yet playful, and that’s what I loved the most. They found their sin qua non, as Shana’s mother would say, in each other. In the words of Grace, this book was sexy to the end.

Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board Member on August 13, 2014

A Blind Spot for Boys
by Justina Chen Headley

  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316102539
  • ISBN-13: 9780316102537