Here is the start of a collection of books about blindness, followed by a list of books by one of my favorite authors, April Henry.
Middle School and High School
Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill she’s remarkably talented at. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Relying on her other senses and on her brother to guide her, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness.
The number one thing I liked about this book was that it doesn’t go too much into Laureth’s blindness. It’s only talked about in the first chapter, and then it’s on to other things. And when it is mentioned, they didn’t say anything like ‘how hard it is not being able to see’ or ‘how her life is so difficult.’ Nope. They talked about how other people treated her for being blind and how they would stop talking to her after they found out. To me, that is the stupidest thing ever. She’s still the same person you spoke to three seconds ago; she just can’t see your stupid face.
The true beauty about Laureth is that she was born blind and wasn’t actually sad about not being able to see. You can’t miss what you never had. And in a small sort of way, it might be an advantage. If you can’t see the person, you can’t judge them by how they look.
The story’s plot mostly goes into the details of a coincidence, which I found very weird. Laureth’s father was writing a book about the science and junk behind a coincidence, and I honestly didn’t understand how someone could write a book on the subject. If the book was a collection of odd and unbelievable coincidence stories, I might be more interested. Which, ironically, this story kind of is.
Even though I didn’t fully understand the coincidence part of the story, this is still one of the best books I’ve ever read.