Sunday, 18 November 2012

Book Review: Farsighted - Emlyn Chand

Synopsis - 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, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India.  Simmi is smart, nice and actually wants to be friends with Alex.  Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar.  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 suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.   With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - This is a book my teenager would love, and it would appeal to both sexes.  It is written for the YA audience.  Our hero Alex, a Sophomore, is blind and he deals with his nemesis with a little help from his friends.  Typically, we have the school bully and his pals but Alex does has two solid female friends on his side.  In spite of his difficulties, he copes pretty well.  As Alex's character develops we see him struggle with his parents, school bullies and build a relationship with his new friends.  On top of that he has to try to come to terms with his psychic gifts and learn how to use them wisely.  A good storyline, strong characters both good and bad.  The story went along at a steady pace, although it did take a few chapters to get into the book to gain my interest.  3*

Kindle edition: ASIN: B005WXFG54

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