by Cyn Balog
Publication Date: August 14th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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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.Touched is the first book that I have read from author Cyn Balog, and I found the book to be a very quick, enjoyable read! I am really looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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. . . (Goodreads)
The main character in the story is Nick Cross. Nick has a rare ability that allows him to see his future. His life plays out as a script that he must follow, or else the path for his future will change forever. One slip up in the script, like saving one girl instead of another, will change Nick’s life in more ways than he expected.
The story is told from Nick’s point of view, which I enjoyed because I really haven’t read a lot of books from a guy’s perspective. Also, with Nick, he’s far from perfect. He’s clumsy and quite introverted, which I think is why I connected with him so well. The people in his town called him a freak, and he thought he was a freak as well because of his ability. You have to feel sorry for the poor guy. I was so glad to see Taryn come into his life. She was definitely good for him.
The secondary characters we well written as well, and I would have to say one of my favorites was his Nan. She was a remarkable character that loved Nick more than anything. She made me think of my grandfather in that aspect.
The storyline for the book is very addictive and mysterious as well. I had no idea what was going to happen as I moved along in the story, but I just HAD to keep reading to see what would happen. The book has tons of twist and turns right up until the end that will keep you flying through the pages. I love that this book is a stand-alone novel, there’s definitely lots of closure at the end.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to. It was just the read I needed to read at the moment. I can’t wait to read more from this author!