I am still reeling from this brilliant story! See, I had not heard of it till I went to my library and saw it on display. I glanced at the insert description and it immediately grabbed my attention.
Here is the Amazon Description of the book:
“Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.”
Nearly is one of those major character who has brains, and knows how to use them.The book is filled with riddles that Nearly needs to solve in order to save the people she cares about. The math/science element the author incorporated into this novel was brilliant! It was a breath of fresh air from the average Young Adult Novels of today.
On the other hand, Nearly contradicted herself. She knew that Reese, the bad-boy love interest, was hired to watch her and yet she still said too much. Also if a girl like her has the smarts, she needs to learn how to not chase after a killer when she knows the killer is trying to set her up for murder. She doesn’t help herself, period.
The one major concept the description does not mention is that she has the ability to know other people’s emotions by a simple touch. In light of this, she tries everything in her power not to touch anyone or allow them to touch her. Despite that, she contradicts herself by later allows people to touch her or she touches them even after she says she hates it.
All in all, it is well worth reading despite the contradictions. It’s intriguing, captivating, alluring, and I’m waiting to get my hands on the new sequel.
My Rating: 7 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms