Sunday, October 5, 2014

Don't Touch

Don't TouchDon't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have felt many feelings during the course of this book.
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing 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.
Right off the bat, I want to say this: Don't Touch could trigger more anxiety in already anxiously inclined people. The ending is powerful, of course (trying not to spoil anything here), but you have to get to the ending.
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Gosh, this book is addictive. Any time I walked into my room, I had to take it up again and continue reading.

As much as I love it though, Caddie felt slightly flat. Besides not touching people and her love for theater, she didn't have a memorable personality. There's got to be more to her than anxiety and acting.
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I am so glad I bought this book. I love its cast (especially Peter!), I love its Shakespeare, and I love its ending. I want more, even though this is perfect as a standalone novel. I'll definitely keep an eye on Rachel Wilson; she has power with words.

Grading:
Language: B? C?
Adult content: B

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