Author: Rachel M. Wilson
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Date Read: August 12th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Caddie Finn)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: Birmingham, Alabama
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
In a Nut Shell...
A slow-paced story on a not-so-interesting character who is afraid to be touch.
Advance Reader Copy provided by HarperTeen
I wish I had better things to say about this book because at first I did enjoy reading it, but it only got more and more frustrating and unrealistic later on.
So Caddie, the main character, makes herself believe that if she doesn't allow her skin touching another person's skin, her father who has left her will come back.
One thing that was totally wrong about this book was that Caddie started wearing gloves for weeks and her mother didn't even seem to care except for asking her that one time at first. It made no sense to me whatsoever. How could a mother NOT notice things like that? It was like she didn't even care and that would be out of the character for Caddie's mother since she was overall a good mother.
I might be a little insensitive, but I'm not going to lie and say I felt sorry for Caddie. Maybe a little at first. The whole time she kept telling herself Don't touch and the fact that she questioned it were just annoying. It wasn't like she didn't have a choice. Besides, the daddy issues were a little over the top for me.
All the talks about Hamlet were mind-numbing. I think the whole book focused way too much on the play. I knew it was the main plot of the book, Caddie being in the play and all that, but it still didn't spark any interests in the me.
The romance was not convincing. I got it why Caddie liked Peter. He was charming and had a wicked sense of humor. I just didn't see why he liked her. All she did was being completely weird and freaked out when she was around him. I just didn't feel it.
The writing overall wasn't so bad. I did like the pace and flow from one scene to the next in the beginning. However, all the scenes about the play made it hard for me to enjoy it more than this. I wish there were more focus on the OCD.
In short, it wasn't for me. At all. It might be a good choice to those who don't like a book with a lot of drama talks, and a little frustrating main character.