Now I See You {Book Review}

Now I see You

I’ve lived in New York City for almost 20 years.

I never expected to stay here after college, let alone raise a family here. New York City seemed like the antithesis of the idyllic childhood I imagined for my family. It’s loud and overwhelming. There’s concrete everywhere. It’s high density. There are cars, traffic, subways, and people. Lots of people.

New York City was terrifying to navigate as an anxious, new mother. It was hard at times to make my way through parenting snafus and mishaps and to get around the city as a healthy, able-bodied person, which is why I wanted to read Nicole Kear’s book – Now I See You.

Nicole is a mother of three and lives with her family in Brooklyn. And she’s going blind.

When she was 19 years old, she went to the eye doctor for a routine exam. Her doctor then referred her to a retinal specialist just as a precaution. She expected to walk out of the doctor’s office with a clean bill of health. Instead, she learned that she has a degenerative eye disease – retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

Her doctor told her she has 10 years before lights out and she would be blind.

Learning about the RP diagnosis is just the beginning of the story. We follow Nicole through her college and post-college days as she copes with her diagnosis, checks items off her bucket list, falls in love and starts a family.

She creates plenty of hacks for her new life, as she adjusts to her increasingly limited sight. She avoids talking about and acknowledging her condition outright and hides her diagnosis. She develops ways to work around her limited ability to read (make sure your child can read at a young age) and  propensity to not see someone’s hand out-stretched for a handshake (beat them to it and stick your hand out first!).

More than anything, this book is about coming to terms with ourselves — all of ourselves. We often hide behind appearances — what we think we should look like, act and say — and ego often prevents us from admitting that we need help. We all struggle with our perceived weaknesses and shortcomings, just as Nicole does. But eventually, we do have to face the light (or the darkness in this case) and embrace ourselves for who we are.

While most memoirs of this nature can be serious and somber and full of life lesson, Now I See You is irreverent at times and silly and full of life lessons.

Now I See You will be released on June 24th but you can pre-order your copy now.

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{Disclosure: I received a free copy of Now I See You to read and review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are honest and my own opinions. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means that I may earn a small commission if you click through the link and make a purchase.}

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Comments

  1. says

    Sounds like an awesome book! My favourite books to read are all about people’s stories. Love the strength they have to share and love how it opens up my eyes and heart and helps me appreciate my blessings.
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  2. Julie says

    I saw her tell her story at live at the Moth when I was in NY over the winter. I didn’t realize she was about to release a book–I’ll have to add it to my goodreads!

  3. says

    My grandmother had an eye disease that cause her to be blind the last few years of her life – it is hereditary so I always wonder if I will one day lose the ability to see. I should read the book – sounds good!
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