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Love and First Sight
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Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, popular YouTube vlogger, and motivational speaker. He is the author of We Should Hang Out Sometime and the bestselling Just Don't Fall. As a motivational speaker, Josh speaks at college campuses, high schools, and corporations, such as Google.

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"Sundquist is a storyteller--flawed, wry, laid-back and sympathetic. Anyone who's felt awkward will alternately (or simultaneously) wince and burst out laughing at his earnest misadventures...Funny, sympathetic and poignant, Sundquist's memoir has a high probability of success." Kirkus Reviews"
"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir..." SLJ"
"An autobiographical account that's equal parts hilarious and cringe-inducing..." Publishers Weekly"
"Often hilarious, occasionally awkward, and always hopeful, Josh's quest for love will have readers rooting for him all the way." Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me"
"Josh Sundquist has written a sharp, funny memoir without an ounce of self-pity about how the fear of rejection can be far more crippling than any disease. A hilarious, heartfelt reminder that finding the courage to accept love is an inside job." Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice"
Praise for Love and First Sight: "Sensitively explores disability and its influence on identity...The juxtaposition of blindness with (not) judging by appearances is common, but the author gives depth to the trope by highlighting the betrayal Will feels at the exploitation of his blindness. Thought-provoking and insightful." Kirkus Reviews"
"Sundquist writes eloquently about what it might be like for someone who was born blind to be given sight. He explores the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of Will's change in a thoughtful and evocative manner, providing readers with a fresh perspective on how humans interact with each other and the world around them."--Publishers Weekly
"Sundquist does a nice job of getting inside the head of a person who has absolutely no visual frames of reference...without it feeling intrusive or overly clinical. For budding scientists and future doctors, these details offer new thoughts as well as context for understanding the real stories of people gaining eyesight after blindness and then wishing they hadn't; even readers who just came for the romance will find themselves understanding the "tyranny of the visual" in new ways."--BCCB
"Is love blind? Should it be? With an intricate, intimate fiction debut, Josh Sundquist aims to find out."--Barry Lyga, New York Times bestselling author
"Sensitively explores disability and its influence on identity...The juxtaposition of blindness with (not) judging by appearances is common, but the author gives depth to the trope by highlighting the betrayal Will feels at the exploitation of his blindness. Thought-provoking and insightful."--Kirkus Reviews
"Unique...will encourage young adults to think about their own biases related to physical attractiveness and body image. Readers will enjoy the humor and romance of the story while gaining a better understanding of life with a visual disability...A highly recommended and engaging story for most YA collections."--SLJ
"Rich in sensory detail, this novel pulls readers into Will's world. Sundquist deftly shows the difference between the act of seeing and truly seeing. This fresh and funny coming-of-age story presents an opportunity for readers who take certain abilities for granted to take stock of challenges facing peers."--Booklist
"In his debut novel, memoirist Josh Sundquist proves he's as adept at making up new stories as he is at recounting his old ones as he explores overcoming adversity, seeing the world through fresh eyes (literally), and keeping a sense of humor in the midst of life's tribulations. An exciting new voice in the world of YA fiction."--Tommy Wallach, New York Times bestselling author of We All Looked Up
"[A] laugh-out-loud memoir..."--SLJ
Praise for We Should Hang Out Sometime An Amazon.ca Best Books of December 2014 for Children and Teens SelectionA YALSA 2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee"You should read this book sometime. I loved it so much!"--Justine Ezarik, New York Times bestselling author of I, Justine: An Analog Memoir

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