**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 9/8/15.
Maggie has only been blind for 6 months, resulting from a serious case of meningitis. She is trying to adjust to her new circumstances after 17 years of being “normal”. The worst part is that her love of soccer has been ruined and she can no longer play for the team she so adored. After meeting with her probation officer (over a school prank), she falls and hits her head in the waiting room and wakes up to a stranger…but, the crazy thing is that she can SEE this person named Ben. He is the only one she can actually see and his light grows brighter and brighter as they become closer friends. He is a loving, adorable kid who happens to be 7 years younger than Maggie. It also turns out that his brother is the lead singer of a band that Maggie is obsessed with and he thinks she is faking being blind to be a groupie. While getting to know Ben’s family, she struggles with trying to figure out why she can see him and realizes that there are actually a few others she can see as well. What is it that they all have in common? Will she figure it out before it goes away and before it’s too late?
I requested this book a while back and kind of forgot about it until this past weekend after I finished another book and needed something to read. I read the description and thought it sounded okay, but when I read some of the reviews on Goodreads, I knew I had to read it. Turns out, I totally agree with most of the reviews I came across, and I think this book is beautiful. It is a little bit heart-wrenching, a little bit funny, and a little bit romantic–the perfect combination of all three of those things to be a great story. I loved the writing style of this author and the creative storyline. I also liked that there was no perfect, insta-love happening because that irritates me. This is a wonderful story about kids/teens dealing with crappy situations that have been handed to them in life and still being able to develop relationships and confront their issues. I will be highly recommending this book when it arrives in my school library. Thank you, Marci Lyn Curtis, for such a beautiful book.
My rating: 5/5