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Touched Hardcover – August 14, 2012

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Gr 7-10-Nick Cross hears a voice in the back of his mind that tells him his future. That's how he knows he's going to save little Emma Reese from drowning, just as soon as he gets back to the lifeguard stand. Running behind, he impulsively stops to save another teen from getting hit by a truck, and that one decision changes the course on which he thought he was headed. Now his future is thrown out of sync. As Nick tries to pull everything back on track by alternating between following "the script" and veering off it, nothing happens the way he wants. The only thing that he's sure about is that he needs to stay away from Taryn, the girl whose life he saved. Teens will enjoy the fantasy element of Nick's gift/curse while struggling with him to learn the origins of it. Nick narrates his story, so readers are pulled in with what he's told to do (the voice appears in italics) and what he really does. As he learns more about his past and his ability, readers go along for the ride. A few twists and turns help keep the plot moving, along with Nick and Taryn's friendship.-Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


" . . . unique and impossible to put down." -- YA Books Central

"Definitely emotional, thought provoking, fabulous." -- The Book Hook-up

"Touched is a book that will help you understand who and what you really what to become."--Sofia Loves Reading

"Balog's story is original with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming and the ending completely blew my mind." -- After the Last Page

"I can't recommend this book enough. It mixes all of her best skills in with a wonderful cast of characters, well-crafted themes, and solid writing." -- Dreaming Reviews

"It's a story that I know will stay with me for a long time. I loved it!" -- Hippies, Beauty, & Books Reviews

"My final grade for this book is an A+. Not only is it a breath of fresh air in a genre that is full of the same, but it pulls off a unique and creative storyline in a way that made me feel overcome with emotion and empathy for the characters and had me turning the pages until about 3 a.m. This is one of those books that pulls you into its pages and when you finish reading it, you have to re-orient yourself to the real world. In other words, the best sort of book." -- Into the Mystic

"Such a bittersweet ending I did not expect. I will admit quite freely that the tears were racing each other down my cheeks as I reached the end." -- Gothic Angel Book Reviews

"This author just knows how to get to the reader...in a good way of course." -- The Page Turner

 "Addictive and mysterious." -- The Reader Bee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385740328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385740326
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amanda Welling on August 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Cyn Balog is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. I've officially read all of her books that are currently available to the public and I believe her writing has become better and better with every release. I adored Fairytale, loved Sleepless, and I thought Starstruck was hilarious. When I first heard about Cyn's latest book, Touched, I knew I would have to have it in my possession. Putting the cover art aside (we all know it's beautiful), the synopsis sounded awesome.

First 50 Pages: There were a few things that I really loved about Touched immediately. First, the story is told from a male's perspective and because how rare that is to find, it became an automatic perk. Personally, I'm a little tired of reading about females all of the time! This was a nice change up for me. Second, I loved the idea behind Nick's unique ability/curse. I'll get to that one more in the next section. Third, I really liked the setting. I don't live too far from the Jersey shore and my family and I frequently enjoy going to New Jersey's many beaches during the summer months. Plus, it wasn't at all stereotypical and I appreciated the lack of Snookie-ness. I also loved how quick the pace of the story was. There wasn't one part where I felt restless or bored with the author's writing.

Characters & Plot: This part of my review is going to be impossible to write without giving away some spoilers, so readers beware! With that said, I'm going to start by covering the general plot line.

Nick has been "Touched" since he was born. Now, what exactly does that mean? For Nick, it means he can see the future through memories, almost like a script. When he makes a decision, he receives a flow of images or memories that lead to a possible future.
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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I've read all of Ms Balog's books and think this is by far her best. Her writing is getting finer tuned with each book. I so very much enjoy the fantasy because it doesn't go too far afield, but feel as if it is possible to have her characters live among us. Please don't stop writing. I look forward to your next story.
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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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I don’t know if Cyn Balog is capable of writing a book that I can put down for a minute. She has an easy writing style that quickly settles you into the scene of the story and hooks you right away. As with all of her books - I loved Touched.

For most people, being able to see your future and having the ability to change it by simply making different everyday decisions, seems great! New Jersey high school student Nick Cross (known in class as Crazy Cross) knows better. He knows that knowing your future is a curse.

Every morning Nick wakes up to the “You Wills”. As long as he does as the “You Wills” tell him to do, the current future he sees will hold. If he doesn’t like his future, he can do the opposite of what the “You Wills” tell him until his future changes. Currently he has the best possible future ahead of him and he’s trying desperately to hold on to it.

Then comes the moment when he is forced to make a decision against the “You Wills” to save a life, which in turn, costs another and turns Nick’s entire world on its side. Immediately everything in his mind begins to shuffle – until she touches him and his mind, for the first time in his life, settles. That is Mystery 1. Mystery 2 is: How does she know he’s cursed (and why does she seem ok with it?). And Mystery 3: Why can’t he see his graduation day in his future??

Nick needs to find out what this girl and her fortune teller grandmother know about him and his mother and their curse. Can they break it? It could be a matter of life or death.

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