Publisher: Createspace (independent publishing)
One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters. Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her. Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for.
I don’t generally read many novellas, I think I usually want a bit more meat with my reading, but I’m really glad that I gave this one a chance as it was the perfect, quick read for an evening at home.
Chanel was born blind and has decided to try an experimental drug to help regain her sight. She has told no one about this, not her two best friends, Mike and Bridgette and most definitely not her over protective parents. She’s determined to be as independent as possible despite her disability, which is one of the many reasons I loved her character. She has a fiery spirit and is just a fun and slightly quirky young woman.
This book made me think about what it would actually mean to never have the gift of sight.There are times where Chanel is trying to understand what colors look like and it struck me how impossible it would be to try and explain such a thing to someone with no frame of reference. As hard as it is for her mother to explain colors, it’s even more difficult for Chanel to comprehend.
My only very slight complaint is that there a couple of times where the writing was a bit stilted. Other than that, I loved the story and the relationships between the characters, especially Chanel and her friends then later, with Leon. For such a short story it sure packed an emotional punch.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to the author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.