by Scott O'Connor
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Untouchable 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 858 reviews.
BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
As I started reading Untouchable, I kept anticipating something to happen, anything. For me, this was a slow moving book, with just enough to happen to where it kept me reading. While Scott O'Connor doesn't put a label on any of the characters, so as the reader, you come to find out what they are experiencing and/or suffering from. Scott O'Connor does a fabulous job painting a picture of what is happening, how the characters are feeling, and the reader is left to decipher what it all means. In a way, this book left me confused, but I don't have any personal experience dealing with the issues that surround this book. The story is told through Darby and The Kid's point of view, as well as referring back to the past. This book deals with serious mental issues, full of drama, sadness, love, and family. Darby and The Kid must face their own journey of healing with the death of Lucy, the wife of Darby and mom to The Kid.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Whitley is eleven, and people simply call him "the Kid." He lives with his father and daily deals with the grief of his mother's death. But, Whitley doesn't really believe she is dead and won't speak, making any relationships difficult to keep moving forward. David Darby is a grieving father who also works cleaning up trauma sites. As he prepares to do the work, David continually reminds himself to picture it cleaned up so that he can make it through. His son needs him. He misses his wife. It has been a year and they continue to grieve separately. Can they put the family back together? What is the complete truth behind Lucy Darby's death? What is Whitley writing in his notebooks, and will it completely take his sanity? Can David save himself and Whitley the way he helps save so many other families? This book was an emotional ride and I continually wanted the situations to be fixed. The characters were vivid and realistic; the story seemed to be taken from any neighborhood. I recommend this book and author and think we will see much more from him. Be sure to watch the trailer as well! Thank you to Leyane Jerejian and FSB Media for the copy I read on my Nook.
Anne Cody More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...I would have paid full price. Free Fridays ROCK!!
Sundrop77 More than 1 year ago
DESCRIPTION The months leading up to the 1-year anniversary of Lucy's death find her husband Darby and son "The Kid" struggling to come to terms with their loss. Both father and son have unwittingly abandoned each other as they travel down isolated paths of grief. As the 1-year mark approaches, Darby finds his life unraveling and his son slipping further away. Both must face the truth if they have any hope of finding each other again. CONCEPT/PLOT - 5 stars This was a truly sad but uplifting story. It pulls no punches, it doesn't sugarcoat things. It is real people dealing with real life, real situations that hopefully the majority of us never have to experience. But for those of us who have undergone such experiences, we know the stigma of being a social outcast, a pariah, an Untouchable. The burden that isolates us is also the burden that needs to be shared the most and this theme was a constant throughout the book. O'Connor shares that burden with his readers and asks that we the reader, share it with him. It is an intense read and expertly executed. WRITING STYLE/EXECUTION - 5 stars There was a lot of detail and back-story in the beginning that I had to have faith would come together somehow in the end, which, for the most part, it did. I was concerned though, that at a third of the way through, I was finding the pace slow, I was still not sure what I was reading, what the story was, and I hadn't connected to any of the characters. Then ALL of that changed. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but suddenly I felt like I was reading a different book. Not that the writing style had changed, but it took a while for things to gel. Once they did, the story really picked up, and I found myself rooting for the characters, feeling angry, sad, and outraged at times. If you like symbolism, this story has it in spades and it was fun to spot all those nice touches. I liked the ending, too. I do tend to gravitate towards realistic fiction, so it worked for me. FORMATTING/EDITING - 5 stars The formatting and editing was a non-issue for the most part. I read this book on my Kindle and the only complaint I have is that sometimes it seemed to be missing breaks between some character POV shifts and flash-back shifts. I stumbled a couple times on this. I don't know if other versions are like this or not, but if you're reading the Kindle version, you've been forewarned. : )
harstan More than 1 year ago
One year ago, Lucy Darby suddenly died. Her husband David who is used to working with death as crime cleanup technician cannot understand what happened to his healthy wife. Their school aged "Kid" Whitney also cannot comprehend what occurred to his mother. Twelve months since the tragedy happened both still grieve. As he cannot move on, David has no idea how to help his son as he cannot help himself; thus the Kid remains mute since he lost his mother. Whitney only communicates through his notebooks. Meanwhile while David struggles with cleaning away violence, he is on the brink of a break down and perhaps insanity. The Kid, the target of bullies at school, believes when Y2K arrives, he will bring his still alive (in his mind) mother home soon. Untouchable is a profound insightful tale of grief that asks what happens when a person fails to move through the Five Stages of Grief as defined by the Kubler-Ross Model but instead becomes locked deeper into one of the first steps. David seems Bipolar as he fluctuates between phases 2 Anger and 4 Depression but never moves into 5 Acceptance and for the most part skips 3 Bargaining. The Kid remains locked inside phase 1 Denial. Both are rapidly mentally and emotionally deteriorating. Not for everyone Scott O'Connor provides a powerful character study of a father and son failing to move on following the death of the loved one who was the family focus as grief is customized. Harriet Klausner
Aamah More than 1 year ago
Possibly the darkest book I've ever read. It is the story of a nice young boy who is an outcast at school. He has only one friend and he is a misfit too. The Dad's job puts him direct contact with people who have suffered horrible losses and the Mom is dead. Their behavior is puzzling until bit by bit the author fills us in on how they came to be the way they are. I'm not sure if I can recommend it. Most people read novels to be entertained. Not everyone wants to peer into the depths of the souls of people in pain. I read a lot and honestly, I forget many of the stories. I will never forget this one.
Lisa Niedermeier More than 1 year ago
A wonderful literary work i could analyze this book for days. English teachers will have a hay day with this one. It starts off slow stick with it. Believe me a tear jerker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be quite honest, this book rocked me to my core. I was not prepared. I spent most of it reeling between joy and sadness. Joy that at least one person gets the reality of this particular brand of cruelty and desperation, and sadness that it's still so universally understood. This isn't simply a bullying story, a story of lost love, or even an underdog story. It's all of them, without shoving it down your throat. It's subtle, and dare I say, ingenious. I...just can't fathom how anyone could give this book a bad review, or even a mediocre one! I've read many books, and precious few have moved me to tears. This one, quite literally, brought me close to an emo breakdown. Multiple times. One of the most beautifully written, painstakingly crafted,heart-wrenching, sincere pieces of lit I've come across in quite a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book expecting it to be more like The Road,post apocolips. Although it was nothing like I expected, I thought it was excellent. I liked the way it went from time to time and from one scene to another. Each part as exciting as the last. Sad? Yes. Compelling and interesting? Yes. A real page turner. A great read..
Kirsten Alday More than 1 year ago
Not enough "meat" story too long with too many back and forth events. No chapters and no stop between continuous events.
mardoufox More than 1 year ago
The title "Untouchable" works on so many levels in this book. A bit slow starting, the story unfolds revealing characters dealing with grief each in their own way. Powerful and visceral writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very jumpy, I feel sorry for the kid and the characters seemed ok, but the story had a hard time keeping my attention. I am definately glad this was a freebie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with several previous reviews. I stuck with the book, but it took me a long time to read. Story jumped around, had trouble maintaining my attention. Would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written and developed a complexity in it's characters.
Patrick Hargitt More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one
Candace Behrens More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read. I would recomend this to everyone who needs something new to read.
Kat Sangelo More than 1 year ago
Like the concept. As a widow with 2 young kids I could relate to so much of this. I look foward to more frim this writer.
Anonymous 14 days ago
The author has an eloquence...albeit a very heart wrenching story. The ending was a bit anti-climatic.
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While the book is well written,, it was incredibly depressing and I couldn't wait to be finished with it.
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I can truly understand why many folks didn't enjoy or get this one.  It wrestles with some very complex issues in a very different way.  It is extremely rare that I get so emotionally entangled with characters and their problems as I have with this story.  At several points in the story I found myself trying to determine whether Darby or The Kid is the stronger of the two and who would prevail to help the other.  Not easy to read, but very well done!