Sunday, 23 September 2012

Book Review- Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)

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Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.

Alex is a simple guy who starts out on a new school year with hopes of making friends this year. So, he does. On the very first day of school, he manages to meet someone and almost becomes friends with them. Simran Kaur Shergill's (or Simmi, as she insists Alex to call him) arrival fills Alex with somewhat of a zeal. On the other hand, he stumbles upon his new neighbor, Miss Teak, just for a hello after a bad day at school just to know that he has been bestowed upon with certain 'gifts'. He gets visions of his beloved Simmi being murdered, dying a death she doesn't deserve according to him. Puzzled, he can't figure out anything when his Dad and Miss Teak decide to help him out.
After you've suffered so much with reading books that don't live up to the expectations, this book lets me give out a sigh of relief. It's as if you open your eyes after a long, deep slumber. The story unfolds at a gradual pace with it's own highs and not-so-very-low lows. The language is very simple, yet gripping. The author's knowledge about Indian, or to be specific, Sikh culture impresses me. The way she Simmi gifts Alex a 'kara' for her birthday, the way she describes about Lohri, it only points out that the author knows her characters and their backgrounds particularly well. This only adds to the detail factor, making it a delightful read. Another minor thing that one can notice is the sudden induction of faith and energy in Alex when his Dad comes to his support. Makes it clear
that how much a teenager may crib at his parents, they'll always be the people he can trust. 
The book is 260 pages of real entertainment. There is a love story cooking in the background but it doesn't really overpower other emotions. You'll see parents getting worried about children; you'll see friendship and you'll see a guy crushing on a beautiful girl. All of it seems real. The protagonists act like they are sixteen. None of it is too hard to digest. Slip in on the couch on a Sunday afternoon with this book and you won't regret it. 
The end of the book is really not the end. I'm so happy that I won both the books in the giveaway and not just one. 
A 5 on 5 star book for me.


  1. Thanks for the review. You might be surprised to know that I rarely read fiction. One of the few works of fiction that I liked recently are "The Middleman" by Shankar { the English version } and "That Long Silence " by Shashi Deshpande-although both are written many decades ago, I read them recently.
    Going by your review, I will suggest this book to my cousin brother and my husband, who love to read fiction.
    take care,

    1. Try reading fiction. Makes you escape reality for a while.
      Keep visiting. =)

  2. A very nice review, but I do have a question ... how do you take part in these giveaways?

    1. This one in particular was hosted by a blogger friend. I ended up winning by chance! :P

  3. Thank you for the amazing review, Sudeshna. I'm so glad you loved Farsighted, and I hope you'll enjoy Open Heart even more. I also hope my love for the Indian culture shines through. Would you do me a huge, huge favor and cross-post your awesome sauce review to Amazon and GoodReads as well?

    Please and thank you and lots of love,
    Emlyn :-D