From Goodreads: Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn’t? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn’t work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something’s about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there’s no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he’s about to discover–or the choice he will be forced to make…
This was a very interesting premise, but I thought the novel, overall, was somewhat predictable. The idea of knowing the future has always intrigued me, and I know it intrigues authors as well, because I’ve read a few other novels that follow this same premise. Thus, the idea, sadly, isn’t knew. However, I found Balog’s explanations behind the Book of Touch to be completely unique, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. Though I hate to say it, the beginning of this novel didn’t grab my attention as, like I just said, others have been down this road before, and Nick is really not an interesting character. However, Taryn’s appearance and disclosure of her family’s curse, finally, renewed my interest in the novel. While Taryn shows up rather quickly within the novel, I truly felt like it took forever for her to explain how she and Nick were connected, and how he came to be the way he was. Perhaps she disclosed it rather quickly, I didn’t note the page number, but, for me, it felt like a very long time in getting to the main purpose of the story. However, once Balog gets there, the story becomes very intriguing, and I enjoyed it through to the end.
If you haven’t read any novels out there about a character being able to see and change the future, then I suggest picking up this novel. Balog is a very good writer and I think you’ll probably enjoy the read from start to finish. Three stars.
Random House Children’s Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on August 14, 2012.