Touching the Surface
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Source: TeamTEENAuthor Relay
Rating: 5 stars
Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives…
When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot. There are no fourth-timers in this afterlife, so one more chance is all she has to get things right. But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot 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 mistakes of her past, Elliot must earn the forgiveness of her best friend and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini was one of the most touching, beautiful books I have ever had the chance to read. It was marvelous in just about every way, and was a perfect debut from Kimberly Sabatini.
I loved Kimberly Sabatini‘s take on the afterlife. It was refreshing and new. Kimberly Sabatini managed to create this perfect balance in Touching the Surface – there were just the right amount of funny scenes to balance out the more serious, and it was such a treat to read. Kimberly Sabatini addresses so many issues in Touching the Surfance – the idea of death and the afterlife, love, what the true meaning of friendship is and much more. I really loved the message she was sending.
Trevor’s t-shirts were so funny. He had a different phrase on them in every scene ranging from things like “I reject your reality and substitute my own” to “I don’t discriminate. I hate everyone”. Touching the Surface had some of the most adorable scenes I have read in a very long time. I seriously had to reread some of them, while I sat there smiling to myself.
Kimberly Sabatini‘s prose is gorgeous. I sat there staring at the words on the page in awe, and felt the urge to write down so many phrases as the entire book was so quotable.
The characters were all so diverse from one another, and I just loved them all. Oliver, Trevor, Elliot, Mel, the whole gang was just great. I loved watching them all grow throughout the book, as they worked to find their paths. Trevor and Elliot were so interesting – as they started out as slightly unlikable characters. By the end, I adored both of them so much, and was sad to see their story end. Freddie and Mel were my other favorite characters of the book. Something about them was just so warm and nice.
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini is the kind of book I can press into everyone’s hands, and regardless of their genre preference, know they will enjoy. While it has fantastical elements, it reads like a contemporary, and the characters create some of the most touching bonds of friendship throughout the course of the novel. I really cannot wait for another book from Kimberly Sabatini.
Also, can I please just say that Touching the Surface‘s cover is just about my favorite cover ever. It is so pretty AND I was so happy to discover it ties in really well with the book :)