Title: Dark Touch
Author: Aimee Salter
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Length: 239 Pages
Tully isn’t alone in her skin. Whenever she touches someone, they feel everything she feels. All her ugliness. All her darkness. All her pain.
The only thing she wants is to be left alone—and to finally get out of her small Oregon town. But then she meets Chris. He’s everything she’s not. Light. Trusting. Innocent. And he wants Tully. Tully knows she should spare him the heartache of being with her. But when he touches her, she’s not sure she’ll have the strength to push him away…
From the author of Every Ugly Word comes a poignant, emotionally raw story about the violence that plays out behind closed doors and the all-consuming passion of first love.
In reality, I gave this book a 4.5. 4 stars just weren’t enough, but there were a few things that prevented it from receiving a 5.
Dark Touch was beautiful. It’s dark and raw and captivating and vulnerable. It was mature, but not too heavy for the Young Adult readership. It follows Tully, who goes through such a personal journey of acceptance and self love. This book stripped me down and messed with my minds in ways I did not expect. It was fantastically painful in parts, brutally honest, and very deep. I don’t even know how to accurately explain how I felt while reading it- it just moved me in a way a young adult book hasn’t in a long time and in a way I haven’t experienced.
Tully was raised by an abusive and alcoholic father after her Mom passes away. The abuse is horrific. It’s not a part of my life, but having it presented in such a way makes me truly feel for people who have been affected by it. It’s such a dark element of life, and while that was definitely portrayed, it was balanced with a message of hope in the form of Chris.
I liked the fantasy elements of the book, with Tully’s special ability and how it shapes her life. That was cool- it was melded into everyday life for her in a way that was smooth and seamless.
The main thing I had issues with was how tidy everything ended. When a book like this is so messy and so hard all the way through, a nice ending where everything works out just seems a little far fetched to me. Other than that, it was fantastic.