Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen


A Blind Spot for Boys
by Justina Chen
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

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Shana Wilde has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who’s right in front of her?

Shana is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it’s time to end the plague of Mr. Wrongs and devote herself to her true passion: photography.

Enter Quattro, the undeniably intriguing lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don’t simply fly; they ignite—and so does Shana’s interest. But just as she’s about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind.

Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see, so they plan a photo safari to Machu Picchu. But even as Shana travels away from Quattro, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen (North of Beautiful).

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My Review

Shana Wilde is a pathological heartbreaker – that is according to the mother of one of her ex or flings. She can’t help it, she always had a blind spot for boys. After a devastating breakup, she decided to be on an official Boy Moratorium. No more boys, just her, her camera and her passion for photography.

Then here comes Quattro (love the name, by the way), he too was on Girl Moratorium. They unexpectedly met in Seattle, and sparks flew. But just as when she was about to second-thought her decision, she receives a terrible news: her father was going blind.

So they did the thing that they wanted to do before he completely lose his sight, and go to a photo safari to Machu Picchu. What she didn’t expect was to bump into Quattro in there. What are the odds, right? It could have been fate.

But their journey towards the ancient ruins was far from a walk in the park – they had their ups and downs, their setbacks, some heartaches, true colors were revealed, secrets were uncovered – it was one heck of a journey.

I love Shana’s passion for photography, and the development of her character in the story. Although I’d love for a dual POV, hers alone was okay. As she watched her father, who loves photography as much as she did starting to lose the most important thing a photographer should have, which is vision. She must rethink of her priorities, of what she wants to capture, of love, and of life.

Justina Chen made sure you are with the group every step of the way. It was like trekking towards Machu Picchu and experiencing the journey with them. 

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

Meet The Author

Justina Chen is an award-winning novelist for young adults whose books include A Blind Spot for Boys, Return to Me, and North of Beautiful (a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and Barnes & Noble). Her other novels are Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere selections) and Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), which won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature.

A passionate advocate of teen advocacy, Justina co-founded readergirlz, a cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, which won the National Book Foundation’s Prize for Innovations in Reading.

When she isn’t writing for teens, Justina is an executive communications strategista. That’s a fancy way of saying that she helps leaders tell their stories at companies like Disney and AT+T, NASDAQ and Microsoft. What she enjoys best is trekking the world with her two compadres, her teen kids.

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