My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, this is a book that deals with something that is quite realistic and tragic. However, the author handles the topic with such a poignant grace that I was pretty hooked on the book from the beginning. It was lovely writing, and the story never dragged. Imagining an artist being in the position of the protagonist was quite sorrowful, and I connected with her to a degree since at one time the doctors wondered if I would lose my sight as well.
Not that this affects my review, but please know there is some profanity (personally I could have done without it and felt it unnecessary but that is a personal preference of mine), and there is one bedroom scene with no real details. I wasn’t overly bothered by any of these things, but I just want to pass it along to my readers.
For me, the only thing that could have been improved the book for me was the fact that I never really felt that I got to know Aubrey Johnson all that well. Perhaps that is how the author intended it, but I just felt I couldn’t get a grasp on her. Sometimes I struggled to follow her thought processes, but that is just again a personal preference.
By in large, this is a book in which I happily stepped outside of my comfort zone and was met with a welcome surprise I did not expect.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27 year-old, Aubrey Johnson’s work is finally gaining traction. But as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind.
Traveling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest.
In this adult coming of age story, Aubrey starts out at odds with her crippling disability and has a hard time accepting help. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth.