Touched by Cyn Balog
Published by Delacorte Books on August 14th 2012
Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .
I've enjoyed some of Cyn's other books and always look forward to them as she mainly writes standalones. It's a nice break after reading so many series books.
Poor Nick can see his future. The only problem is that it is forever changing. His mother also has the same power and has become a shut-in. Nick also lives with his grandmother who tries her best to provide for both of them. So, he tries to follow what he's supposed to do to keep the future the best it can be for him. A girl gets in the way though, a girl that will forever change his life. Taryn understands Nick's dilemma as she is about to inherit the Book of Touch, the reason why his mother and him can see the future.
Nick knows that with her in his life, his future is hazy, which means he probably will die soon. But he just can't stay away from Taryn. He's been marked a weirdo at school and has no friends. Too bad Taryn means an early grave for Nick.
I really loved this story and how everything tied together. It was like reading John Green but with supernatural elements. Boy is loner and a bit strange, girl comes along and changes his life type story. Cyn wove a beautiful story that drew me into the plot and I found I could not put this one down for long because the story was so intriguing.
Final Verdict: Definitely a standout novel and recommended for those who like standalones and emotional stories.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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