Title: Now I See You
Author: Nicole C Kear
Rating: 4 1/2 Pairs of Sunglasses
Summary: Nicole Kear is just nineteen years old when suddenly she is given a life-changing diagnosis–she is going blind. Rather than falling apart, she decides on a bold course of action and makes her new motto “Carpe Diem” all while keeping her impending blindness a secret from all but her closest family. Travel, circus school, and finding the love of her life are just a few of the things Kear is able to cross off her light’s out bucket list, spending her early twenties living life with almost reckless abandon. Then things change yet again when Kear has her first child. With her vision continuing to deteriorate, she is forced to finally face her greatest challenge and fear head on. She finally has to stop running from her blindness because her children are depending on her. Check out the trailer here.
My Review: Memoirs are not exactly a go-to genre for me but after reading Nicole Kear’s Huffington Post article, Reading After Dark, and some of her blog posts I felt compelled to pick up her book. I’m happy to say Now I See You was all I wanted it to be and more. It almost feels wrong to say this in response to a memoir about going blind but this was one of the most entertaining and fun books I’ve read in a long time. Kear has a gift with words and her writing style lets her personality shine through the pages. A perfect combination of humor, sadness, sarcasm, and love, blended with heart-wrenchingly beautiful moments, a general sense of determination and kick-assness that every New Yorker will understand. Now I See You feels like the story of someone I could know or maybe someone I could be if I only tried. Read it because you want to be inspired. Read it because you want to laugh. Read it because you want to cry. Read it because you want to be a better mother, a better woman, a better person. Read it because it has a cool cover. Read it because it’s awesome. Whatever your reason–just read it. You’ll be glad you did.
This review is based on an advanced copy revived from Netgalley exchange for a honest review. I will be buying a hardcover copy when the book is released next week.