Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length Full Length (206 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
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 a journey to change his future and save the woman of his dreams.
Alex Kosmitoras has enough problems in his life without the weird visions which appear out of nowhere.
His father interferes too much in his life. When a psychic opens the shop next to his mother's flower shop, this seems to upset his father even more. Shapri, the psychic's daughter, and Simmi who are young girls from India, attend the same school as Alex and the three become friends. Simmi helps him to understand his own psychic powers but Shapri doesn't believe such things exist.
Alex's visions center on Dax, a strange boy his own age, who appears to be intent on killing Simmi. Determined to stop this from happening, Alex vows to save Simmi from this terrible fate, despite the fact he's blind.
The author of "Farsighted" is not a teenager, but she has reached into the world of young adults and written a book from their point of view. Alex's blindness is referred to in a matter-of-fact manner which is good. On the other hand I could feel his fear when he admitted he had psychic capabilities and to protect Simmi he must go after Dax.
Alex's interaction with the two girls worked well. I smiled when this typical teenage boy tried to understand where he'd gone wrong and why were the girls angry with him? The three friends are the main plot of the book. Despite their different backgrounds they work well together.
The story is well written but I found it to be a little flat. There were no real highs or lows to whet the appetite. The promise of excitement and action were there, but unfortunately the promise was not entirely fulfilled. Despite this I enjoyed the book. I found it wonderful to look at the world through the eyes of a teenager who wasn't a rebel, merely a young man who tried to do what was best for him and his family. It was interesting to see how the Alex dealt with the extra stress his new abilities placed on him.
I believe this is the first of at least two books. I'd be happy to read the sequel because Emlyn Chand clearly has talent.