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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA romance story, with a touch of the paranormal.
Tully was quite a hard character who had grown to only rely on herself because of the situation she lived with on a daily basis, not only having to worry about touching hands with anyone, but also having to deal with an abusive, alcoholic father.
The storyline in this was mainly about the romance between Tully and Chris, and it was pretty hard for Chris to get through to Tully as she was so convinced that everybody disliked her, and that Chris would realise she was beneath him eventually, not to mention the whole not being able to touch hands thing. We did also get storylines about Tully wanting to leave as soon as she graduated, and the abuse that she was suffering at the hands of her father. The pace was a bit slow in places though, making the story drag a bit.
The ending to this was fairly hopeful, and it did seem that things worked out quite well for Tully in the end.
6.25 out of 10