Earlier, when I said that this is a good book, I'm sorry, but I lied. This is a great book. And you have to read it. Please, please, please, read it!
Natalie is a teenager who is watching life pass by through a gradually shrinking peephole, going blind because of her being born without an iris, resulting in glaucoma. Natalie is an active part in her school as a Student Council member. But as school is becoming harder and harder in result of her vision loss, alongside shocking news from her optometrist, Natalie's parents make the decision to send her to Maryland's School for the Blind to give her life skills and prepare her for her future, Natalie begrudgingly consenting.
The main part of this book takes place at Maryland School for the Blind, with Natalie trying to adjust to a world that is continually changing for her. I loved this book because Natalie wasn't crying for a pity party all throughout the book. The author wrote this book based on her interactions with plenty of students at the precise school that she wrote Natalie going to school at, which I feel gives it a much more realistic effect, with her drawing from experiences she had at the school, and information that the students told her about their everyday lives both at home and at school.
This book gives an interesting insight into a world that I would not have thought much of otherwise, which I appreciate. It gives you some thought candy to process and enjoy in a very nice way, almost casually mentioning issues that wouldn't make much of a difference to us, but could make a huge difference to a blind person, for example American bills, and how to tell a 1 dollar bill from a 20 or 50 dollar bill (although the book does offer one characters solution to it later on).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to most people (this includes you, dear reader!). Now I pass you a delectable piece of thought candy, and it is up to you to decide what you think of it (in other words: you must read this).
I hope the weather is nice near you (it finally just warmed up where I live - that's Canada for you), and that you all are able to spend some time out in it, whether reading a book or gardening or anything in between.