Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra 2008
IQ (Incredible Quote): "I know how difficult it is to believe in something that everyone else doesn't. It's almost as if you have to overcome a fear, to be brave enough to break away from society's view of normal." Kara
(You can see a summary of the book here). I enjoyed Invisble Touch immensely. I thought the main plot was original as well as romance (didn't see the ending coming). Kara sees signs that are clues to a person's fate. She generally tries to help that person if their fate is supposed to be tragic. Her mother doesn't want her to talk about the signs or tell anyone so Kara starts a blog where she anonymously blogs about seeing signs. It's a way to get all her secrets that are weighing her down off her chest.
The blog entries are a good and helpful way of getting into Kara's head. I agreed with a lot of what she said and I liked how she phrased it "There are people in life who can only see black and white, and then there are those that can see gray, and red, orange, yellow, and blue too."
The friendship between Kara and Danielle is interesting. They don't share their feelings with each or really seem to trust each other, and yet they are best friends. It's an odd friendship, but it suits them both. But how can someone be your best friend if you don't share your feelings and secrets with them? Their complex friendship adds an intriguing twist to the plot.
Kara's mom and brother are frustrating. Her mother because she is always trying to put Kara in therapy/hospitals and only sees things in black and white. The flashbacks of Kara from when she was in (essentially) a mental hospital are sad and depressing because you can clearly imagine a young child, terrified out of her mind at the signs she is seeing, and everyone thinks she's crazy and instead of comforting her, they are only trying to medicate and lock her up. Kara's brother Jason is frustrating because he's not there for Kara and she needs him since her father died. The Featherman was a rather creepy but cool addition to the story!
Invisible Touch is a nice addition to the supernatural/paranormal genres while still remaining realistic. The action will keep you turning the pages and it's a pretty easy read so you can (and will definitely want to!) finish it in one day. 8th Grade and Up.
Disclosure: Thank you Kelly for donating this book to give away!
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