Blind Sight

Blind Sight

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This spellbinding story introduces the unforgettable seventeen-year-old narrator, Luke Prescott, who has been brought up in a bohemian matriarchy by his divorced New Age mother, a religious grandmother, and two precocious half-sisters. Having spent a short lifetime swinging agreeably between the poles of Eastern mysticism and New England Puritanism, Luke is fascinated by the new fields of brain science and believes in having evidence for his beliefs. "Without evidence," he declares, "you just have hope, which is nice, but not reliable." Luke is writing his college applications when his father--a famous television star whom he never knew--calls and invites him to Los Angeles for the summer. Luke accepts and is plunged into a world of location shooting, celebrity interviews, glamorous parties, and premieres. As he begins to know the difference between his father's public persona and his private one, Luke finds himself sorting through his own personal mythology.
    
By the end of the summer Luke thinks he has found the answers he's been seeking, only to discover that the differences between truth and belief are not always easy to spot, and that evidence can be withheld: when Luke returns home, his mother reveals something she knows will change everything for him.
    
With Blind Sight , Meg Howrey gives us a smart, funny, and deeply moving story about truth versus belief, about what we do and don't tell ourselves--with the result, as Luke says, that we don't always know what we know.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780307379160
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 22 cm

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MargaRH Dec 20, 2011

Nancy Pearl recommendation

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Gracebond13
Jul 24, 2011

Reading this book gives you whole different look at things. The way that Luke sees life is much different from most 17-year-old's would see the world as, one example is a spill on a counter. When some teenagers would see it as just a portion of something on a piece of surface, whereas Luke sees it as a molecule. Once it touches the surface it is no longer just a spill, but a life form of some sort. By separating the life form Luke is showing how a molecule can be divide. But, the fact that no one knows that he thinks that way devastates me. This book will keep you wanting more once it is finished. When I came closer to the ending I read very slowly so as to savour the deliciousness of the words, wrapping around me and cuddling me with every strong piece of literature bringing your emotions up and down, but mostly up.

4/5 stars.

debwalker May 13, 2011

Shelf Talker: A dynamite first novel about 17-year-old Luke Prescott meeting his father for the first time. Dad just happens to be a very famous TV star who introduces Luke to the craziness of Hollywood in the most benign way. Luke remains uncorrupted, always observant, appreciative and wise beyond his years.

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