Title: Touching the Surface
Author: Kimberly Sabatini
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A beautiful, lyrical debut novel about forgiveness, redemption, death, and love, I loved Touching the Surface--an absolutely amazing novel that I will treasure forever!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Elliot Turner knows that she's in trouble when she has entered the afterlife for the third time. Stuck in the Obmil after dying again, as well as frustrated, angry, and frightened, she knows she could be the last time she gets a shot at getting things right--or the consequences could be more than she can take. Forced to face her past--as well as memories that cut her to the quick--Elliot realizes that redemption, love, and most importantly, forgiveness, could be as close as she wants it to be.. If only she'd let herself have it.
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--souls being forced to face their pasts before moving on to their uncertain future--it was different and engaging
-The worldbuilding of this novel was solid and not at all hard to follow
-The pacing was good--smooth but still very quick
-Elliot, the fragile, angry, frustrated main character--relating to her was a little hard at first, but as the novel went deeper, I found myself crying and cheering for her in equal measure, and I loved her character development
-The vibrant cast of characters surrounding Elliot, particularly Mel, Oliver, and Trevor
-The vibrant memories that the cast went through, particularly Trevor and Elliot
-The deeply nuanced characters
-I loved the ending--it was perfect!
What could've been better:
-Elliot was a little hard to relate to at first--she seemed really self-absorbed and angry at the beginning of the novel
I loved Touching the Surface--it was absolutely beautiful! Amazing! Next on deck: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker!