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Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.
*Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
I had a long list of expectations when I chose to review Farsighted. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. While this plot is engaging enough for adults, it definitely fits its intended age group. Not because it is juvenile, but because it should be looked at from a youth's perspective.
I loved the idea of a rune and prophecy at the beginning of each chapter. I was challenged to try to figure them out and was correct about 75% of the time. What fun! It really helped me become engaged in the story.
Alex, the boy who is the main character is wonderfully described. Though he's blind, he never comes across as handicapped or disadvantaged. The author's skill with words helped me really get what his life was like.
There are so many twists and turns in the story, you have to pay attention to what is going on. It is truly exciting and interesting. I enjoyed this story so much I could hardly wait to see how it ended. I was so completely invested in the characters I had to know how things worked out. It was exciting, scary, fun, and well worth reading. I loved watching the three main characters evolve and grow as the story progressed. Their story was told with much sensitivity.
The conclusion is frightening and full of tension, but wonderful. It was somewhat surprising, but a great ending. I have already recommended this story to some friends with children of this age. It's a wonderful tale.
Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!
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