Publication Date: August 27, 2011
Date Read: November 29, 2011
Source: Review Copy from Author
From Goodreads:I really don't know what to say about this book. It is a short story and I ended up reading it all in one sitting. It definitely wasn't what I expected.
Seventeen-year-old Rowan Harper knows her life is forever changed the moment her schizophrenic mother commits suicide. What Rowan doesn’t realize is how much her mother’s choice altered her own fate. It’s not until after meeting Jet, a sapphire-eyed dead boy, Rowan begins to learn of her new destiny as becoming her mother’s replacement for something she never knew existed.
Rowan is having a hard-time right now, her schizophrenic mother committed suicide and Rowan's life changed drastically. She suddenly starts seeing spirits and discovers maybe her mother wasn't so crazy afterall. What she doesn't know is her mother's suicide put in motion steps that will change her life forever.
I thought that the storyline for Touch is very good. It's a great storyline and Jennifer's narration had me hooked from the first chapter. I was very intrigued as to what was going to happen.
The downfall of this book is that a lot of it I didn't really get. Rowan meets Jet, a 'spirit' and after only seeing him three times, speaking to him twice, claims she has fallen in love with him. Really? They literally met like 2 minutes ago. I get all the love at first sight stuff you get in novels but I didn't really get that feeling with this book so I was very surprised at the turn of events and I didn't find it very realistic.
Another thing that really got me was after something happened to Rowan the rest of her life was forgotten about. What happened to her father, her best friend from school? They were never mentioned again and I didn't really like that.
Overall, I think it's a good storyline and I really enjoyed Jennifer's writing style. I am looking forward to reading a full length novel by her and hopefully I will enjoy it significantly more.
Now for the rating. I am so torn between 2 and 3 Stars/Roses. Parts of the books I didn't find realistic which makes me want to give it 2 stars but I really liked the premiss of the story and I really liked Jennifer's writing style so that for me gives it an extra star.