Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Title: Touching The Surface

Author: Kimberly Sabatini

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Date Published: October 1, 2013

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Genre: YA fiction, fantasy, paranormal

Age Range: 12+


When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.


The book is rather slow in the beginning because you don't completely understand what's happening, you only understand the words on the page. But the story does pick up once Trevor comes into the picture. And when you find out Elliot's dark secret.

The book jumps back and forth between the past and the present, keeping you relatively interested in every chapter. The writing is good, simple, and fast. Though sadly the only exciting parts are when Elliot Delves into her past.

The characters are interesting, especially Trevor--who you can't seem to get enough of as you read through this book. The interactions between Elliot and Oliver are strange. You don't understand their connection, their strange bond, not even when you find out how their past lives are intertwined. And a few other characters are weird and are not really relatable.

The ending was good, keeping you content and willing for the book to end without so many questions. Though you do wish that the Delves don't end, you want to read more about Trevor and Elliot's connection/relationship.

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