Friday, 3 October 2014

Review: Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Title: Don't Touch
Author:  Rachel M. Wilson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Step on a crack, break your mother's back,
Touch another person's skin, and Dad's gone for good . . .

Caddie has a history of magical thinking—of playing games in her head to cope with her surroundings—but it's never been this bad before.

When her parents split up, Don't touch becomes Caddie's mantra. Maybe if she keeps from touching another person's skin, Dad will come home. She knows it doesn't make sense, but her games have never been logical. Soon, despite Alabama's humidity, she's covering every inch of her skin and wearing evening gloves to school.

And that's where things get tricky. Even though Caddie's the new girl, it's hard to pass off her compulsions as artistic quirks. Friends notice things. Her drama class is all about interacting with her scene partners, especially Peter, who's auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Caddie desperately wants to play Ophelia, but if she does, she'll have to touch Peter . . . and kiss him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

From rising star Rachel M. Wilson comes a powerful, moving debut novel of the friendship and love that are there for us, if only we'll let them in.

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only.  

I received an e-book of this from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to read and review this.

I loved this book so frickin' much! It was just so entertaining and touching at the same time.

First of all I love the whole concept to the story: a girl who has a serious OCD problem with touching people? Yes please! Also, performing arts?! I was hooked before the word go.

I loved Caddie. I felt for her so much. For someone who also has an OCD problem, I know how hard it is to struggle with it. She developed into such a fantastic person. I loved her story, and I enjoyed her telling it.

This book has a great friendship storyline: Caddie and Mandy, as well as all of Mandy’s friends that welcomed Caddie into their group. They were funny and outspoken group: Mandy, Livia, Oscar, Drew, Hank, and Peter. 

Mandy was a fantastic friend. She really did help Caddie through this, and didn't make fun of the situation at all.

Peter was a male character that was definitely swoon-worthy. I wanted Caddie and Peter to get together so bad, but the obstacles, man! I admired him for caring and trying to help Caddie so much. 

Rachel's writing style is fantastic. I knew as soon as I began that I would enjoy this book.

This book deserves the five star rating that I gave it.

Anyone who loves a good performing arts book should pick this book up. Or if you're a Shakespeare fan, then this contains Hamlet.

Perfect for all contemporary fans.

Don't Touch is a very touching and moving novel that will have you smiling (as it did for me).

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Happy reading =)


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