Reviewed by Amanda Allalunis

When Belo was a young, homosexual teenager growing up in East San Jose, CA, his like-minded, yet morally questionable friends were his lifeline and his closest confidants. But when Belo outgrew the rough crowd, went to college and began his life as a successful man, his old childhood friends grew bitter and vindictive. One evening in the spring of 2007, Belo’s longtime friends brutally attacked him, leaving him damaged and in a world of total darkness for the rest of his life.

Blind: A Memoir is a riveting account of Bello’s life after the attack. It is an inspiring example of courage, perseverance, and the change that hard work and technology has made in his life and that of thousands of others.

From the moment I opened this book, I was completely drawn into Belo’s story. It has been a long time since a book has reached out and grabbed me the way Blind did, and to me it was an amazing feeling. Cipriani writes like a poet. His sentence structure and story lines are, for the most part, very simple yet elegant and somehow complex at the same time. He manages to convey an extremely personal and obviously traumatizing true story about his life without an overabundance of self pity or anger, and yet he also connects to the reader on a deeply personal level, almost from the first word he writes.

Every once in a while I would run across an awkward sentence or an abrupt change in the story’s timeline, but even those brief moments of distraction –which would usually be enough to completely steal my focus in a book – only added to the charm and honesty that emanated through every page in the book. I would recommend Belo’s story to anyone, it has been a long time since I’ve found a book as simple yet compelling as Blind and I’m sure it will be a long time before I find another.

Rating: 5/5

Amanda is mommy, freelance writer, and blogger in her spare time. If you like this review, be sure to check out the blog at Giveaway Blogdom or take a minute to read her most recent article on Childhood Vaccinations.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Author Marketing Experts. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.