Touched

Touched

by Cyn Balog

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ISBN-13: 9780385740326
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

CYN BALOG has always wanted to be a fortune teller on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights. She is the author of Fairy Tale, Sleepless, Starstruck, Touched, and Dead River, and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Touched 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
As far as characters go, they were written well – especially the main character Nick. He could have gotten lost in his thoughts of the future, but his personality shone through. It was easy to see why he was looked to as one of the town crazies (his mother being the other one). As much as he tried to reign in that which made him different, it is nearly impossible to do so, especially when lives are on the line. One of the main parts of the story is the “script”, which is what Nick tries to follow in order to have the future go as planned. However, reading about what Nick is supposed to do right before he does it and having this take place again and again and again is tedious. I understand that it was written that way to have the reader know what Nick knows, but the fact that it is shown to us so many times makes me feel like we, the readers, shouldn’t be so smart as to catch on and comprehend that he’s following the “script”. I think there could have been an easier way to get the point across. The girl, Taryn, comes into Nick’s world and she is what creates all of the chaos in his life this time, though apparently the chaos happens a lot anyways. This time is different though because of the Book of Touch, which complicates matters even more. It’s an interesting twist and if you suspend belief you can buy into it’s existence in a world where one can see the future. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
This book was really interesting. I really enjoyed it. It's nice to have something that is different in YA and though the idea of having powers is not new the way that it's gone about is. I loved the different powers and how they are acquired. Some of them seemed pretty scary, and some of them also come with other consequences. It was explained well so I was never confused about it. I was pulled right into this story and had to keep reading to know what was going on and if there was any way to change things for Nick and Taryn. Nick is known as a freak by everyone in town. People call him Crazy Cross, and really he doesn't blame them. He goes through his life on what he calls a script. He sees the future in bits and piece's, but throughout his days he sees what he is going to do next and if he goes off from it, it can change the future. He has seen many different futures for himself. Some were good some were bad. He had a pretty perfect future this time and so he had been sticking to script for the past three moths, afraid to mess up his current future. Then he goes off of script to save Taryn from being hit by a truck and everything changes. Unfortunately now, no matter how much he goes off script (which causes him and his mother a lot of pain since they both have this curse and are connected) he can't change the outcome of what he sees happening. I really liked Nick. He is a character you really feel bad for and want the best for him and everyone involved. Taryn is a really great character too. She sees the real Nick, not the crazy messed up Nick that everyone else sees. She wants to be around him and spend time with him. She knows about his Touch, more than even he does. She is also going through her own situation. There is more to her than we see at first too. Even with what she is dealing with, she really wants to be around Nick. He makes her happy. She really starts to bond with him even though he keeps trying to push her away. She is really sweet, smart, and patient. This book was filled with suspense. I loved going through this story in Nicks head. I could really feel how frustrating the whole situation was for him. I understood why he was angry at his mother, why he was pushing Taryn away, why he goes on or off script. I could almost imagine the pain he was in when fighting the script and different futures are cycling through his head. I could feel his guilt for not saving the little girl. This book was so interesting and kept me intrigued the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect much when I picked this book up but I was astounded. TOUCHED takes some getting used to, because the main character has a unique way of acting. But there are so many twists and turns in this book that I stayed up late into the night reading it. I also like that it isn't part of a series. The endeing is phenomenal and packs a huge punch! I won't be forgetting this book anytime soon.
AngelaFristoe on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Touched is not a book to start when you are even slightly distracted. There is no slow introduction to Nick's life and his ability to see his future. We are immediately thrown into one of his scripts and what happens when he deviates from it. The idea of our futures being changed by such small things we or others do is interesting, but Balog takes that and makes us wonder what we would do if we knew what we had lost or gained with each change.I loved the idea of how Nick didn't just see his immediate future, but that once he'd been on script for a while he saw everything about that life until his death. It made it so much sadder when he changes something and realizes everything he's lost, such as the numerous wives, children, and grandchildren that will never be. The romance plot line was sweet, although everything seemed to happen very fast between Nick and Taryn. And the ending was definitely not one I'd seen coming.Touched is a great and quick read that I would recommend for paranormal lovers. I will definitely be check out more work by Cyn Balog.
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Interesting depth of a teenage boy's mind with a new kind of magic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touched is a great read! It was super hard to put down. I loved the characters, & the story. It was very orignal, & had a sweet ending. You should defently read it!
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Its true
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, it's supposedly like max ride? I thinks it's coollokking and i am first tinsau Sometjinge