Friday, January 8, 2010


Book Review #10
Touch by Francine Prose
Rating: One star (refer to rating system on the right)

For the longest time fourteen year old Maisie has had three best friends: Kevin, Chris and Shakes. Maisie lives with her dad and stepmom, who she doesn't get along with, so she decides to live with her mom and her new stepdad for her 8th grade year. By the time she comes back for her 9th grade year everything has changed, especially with Maisie’s new body. She's matured and now has large breasts. The boys don't know how to treat her anymore, things start to get awkward and confusing. One day something happens to Maisie in the back of the bus, involving her three best friends, but no one knows exactly what happened. Rumors start to spin out of control and everyone gets involved. The incident at the back of the bus becomes the center of Maisie's life and everyone wants to know what really went on. 

Unfortunately, Touch is the first book I've given one star to so far. I read Touch a couple of days ago and I have to say I didn't really enjoy it. I can't pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about it; maybe it was the way it was written- the story was written throughout different time periods (it alternates from the past then to the present etc.-it was all over the place);I felt like I was in stuck in some sort of time loop. Maisie tells her recount on the bus incident differently each time, which really confused me, I didn't know what to believe. The plot was good, but it wasn't well executed, it was repetitive and frankly quite boring. The characters didn't have much personality. There wasn't even a great ending, I just thought it was almost pointless. Bottom line-don't waste your time with this one. 


Lauren said...

Though, I kind of liked this book, you've made some great points about the negative aspects of this.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Hm, sounds interesting but sort of confusing. Thanks for the honest review! :)