Blind Spot by Laura Ellen
Sixteen year old Roswell Hart is used to missing things. With macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs her of central vision (and it seems, best friends too), Roz is constantly piecing together bits and pieces to make sense of her life. But she has always managed without help. When she finds she’s been placed in a special needs class, Roz begins a desperate attempt to prove she is ‘normal’. Her attempts cause her to make some very wrong choices and be blind to everything going on around her. When her classmate Tricia Farni is found dead and Roz was the last person to see her alive, Roz must find what she missed that awful night. Problem is, she doesn’t remember..
Hopefully using the synopsis from the author's website is okay - I like it much, much better than the one on Goodreads! (It's good too, but this one does more with the main character and makes her a lot more interesting.)
I have known a few people with macular degeneration - all older - there was a TV documentary about younger people that have it and Tanya Huff's Blood Books series featured a main characters with it . . . This book being by an author who, herself, has the disease and features a younger character should offer a great perspective - both on what it's like to have that kind of eye condition, but also just how it is to be young and have there be something 'different' about you. Or at least, something that makes you different to some others.
I love that it has both Roz's personal struggle but also the murder mystery, as well.
I'm really interested - and excited - to read this.
(Also, is that cover not gorgeous?)
out October 23, 2012 from Harcourt Children's (and just like I said on Goodreads, that's perfect timing for me to either get it for my birthday or review it then ;))
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