Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: Touched by Cyn Balog

Author: Cyn Balog
Release Date: August, 14, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not your stereotypical Jersey shore story. In Touched, a boy named Nick has the crazy-painful ability to see the future. If he doesn’t do what his mind shows him, he has terrible headaches and struggles to focus. But sometimes he can’t help going off “script,” as he calls it. Sometimes life and death get in the way.
At the start of the story, Nick makes a choice to save one girl (Taryn) which causes the death of another young girl. It turns out that Nick and the girl are connected, that she knows he is “touched” by a curse, and that she knows HOW he was cursed. Their lives become intertwined as Nick unravels the truth behind his touch and its connection to Taryn.

I really liked this story. Nick has this curse that seems like a good thing from the outside—who wouldn’t want to know what the future holds?—but instead, knowing the future, is more like a debilitating disease. I really felt for him as he struggled to move through each day. Once he connects with Taryn, he can’t seem to leave her alone even though the future shows him tragedy is connected to any relationship with her. The horrible future forecast doesn’t change no matter how hard Nick tries to stay away from Taryn, and so he often finds himself giving in to their connection. Will this lead to the tragedy predicted in his future script OR will he and Taryn find a way to be together?
I will share with you all that I loved Nick’s grandmother as a character in this story. She creates balance and calm in Nick’s world. She loves and supports Nick, even when it comes to his desire to be with Taryn. She is an amazing secondary character who plays an important role in Nick’s future. Loved her!

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