Touched by Cyn Balog
to be published August 14, 2012source NetGalley
Would you like to foresee the future? Nick Cross, AKA Crazy Cross, in Touched would warn you that this is not a gift, but a curse.
Some facts about Nick:
- he is in high school
- ultra-sensitive to smells
- was raised by his grandmother because his anxious mother spends all her time in her bedroom
- has much anxiety
- feels like a freak
- has only a few friends he can talk to. Therefore, he talks mostly in his head to himself.
I thought SLEEPLESS was marvelous and that Cyn Balog couldn't write a better book, but she outdid herself with TOUCHED. Towards the end I kept reading faster and faster and faster. At one point, I had a question in my mind about "the powers" and what exactly they did. She answered that question to my relief. The end took me by surprise too.
In one of Balog's blog posts, she described her insecurity (she's one of the contributors to Dear Bully.) This makes me realize that's how the fictional character Nick Cross felt. As the saying goes: like mother, like son OR like author, like character.