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Gifted Touch (Fingerprints #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,791 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Sometimes, when I touch things, words fill my head. Words that feel like thoughts--thoughts that are inside of me...but not mine.

I used to think I was crazy. Used to.

I'm starting to wonder if there's a reason for all the voices that tangle together in my mind. And if I'm right, then it's not my sanity I'm worried about--it's my life.
240 pages
Published by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2001)
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Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
Really solid for an Alloy-type teen novel. Gripping plot, I actually really liked Rae, and the other main characters were really fleshed out. Can't wait to read the next one & find out who's trying to kill Rae!!!
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I know I'm late to the party on this one, Fingerprints came out ten years ago, but I don't care, I'm just pleased to have stumbled on this little gem of a series. From the writer of the Roswell High series comes an intriguing, sharp book about Rae, a prep school beauty who has it all and loses it suddenly when gripped by the same mental illness as that which claimed her mothers' life. Well, at least that's what she thinks. What at first seems a quickly spiraling plunge into mental illness become ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Rae thinks she’s going mad when she starts hearing voices, but instead she eventually realises she’s not crazy – she has a gift.
What is Rae’s gift? And why is someone trying to kill her?

This was an interesting paranormal mystery story, but Rae did seem to take a long time to work out what was going on!

Rae was an okay character, but I did think she was a little slow! I guessed pretty early on what was going on, but it took Rae over 80% of the book t
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.5

I was looking forward to this, but it turned out to be pretty dull.

The mystery didn't really start until halfway.
For a short book like this, halfway shouldn't have felt that long... but with Gifted Touch, it did.

Rae was an okay character, but she could be quite dumb sometimes.

I have to say that this book reminded me of my primary school years.
I had a friend called Rae, and we both loved the backstreet boys. I was devastated when my backstreet boys lunchbox was stolen!

Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first book in the Fingerprints series was well-written and a good lead-in to further adventures of Rae (who can read people's thoughts when she touches their fingerprints) and friend Anthony (who considers himself dumb for being in a slow-learner's class at school yet is the one who discovers, three-fourths of the way through the book, that Rae isn't crazy after all, she has a gift). There are a lot of unanswered questions in this book: Rae's mom is described as "crazy, who did something ho ...more
Gifted Touch is the first book in the Fingerprints series. In Gifted Touch we meet Rae who is able to read peoples thoughts by touching their fingerprints. Rae first thinks she's crazy and doesn't understand what's happening to her but later on she realizes her powers with the help of Anthony, a boy from the group therapy who later becomes her friend. When coming in terms with her power, Rae is also being watched and is wanted dead for unknown reasons because of her dead crazy mother. Anthony an ...more
Brandi ;)
The only thing i didn't like about the book was that the main character, Rae, went on and on and on about being nuts/insane for 150+ pages. But I liked her as a character and I am def going to read the next book, cause it looks like a good storyline. Especially now that all the beginning 'get to know the characters & their dilemas' has been put on the table.
Dec 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked this up when I wasn't finding anything , I didn't think I'd actually like it , but I really did ! I read the first two and just realized there were like 7 in the series so now I want the rest !
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, with this one I couldn't decide whether it was worth 3 or 4 stars.

The book starts with the heroine Rae (Rachel) hearing thoughts in her mind that are not hers. She is at school when this first happens and because it freaks her out she has some kind of mental break down, thinking that her friends are speaking those thoughts out loud.
During that break down and on other occasions we see Rae being afraid of ending up like her mother, who was institutionalized some time ago before she died.
The st
Marie R.
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One day Rae starts to hear things. Words and thoughts, but not her thoughts or her words. Whenever she touches something she hears the thought of someone else.
It gets too much and Rae breaks down in the cafeteria of her school. In front of all her friends and classmates.
While Rae's world crumbles down, she fears to end up like her mother. Insane, locked up. But with the help of true friends she discovers, that she is not cursed, but gifted and that she has not
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro súper corto y más que nada introductorio. Peero, como quieres conocer que es lo que pasa con Rae te mantiene leyendo y por eso que es corto, empiezas y terminas el libro velozmente. No hay muchas situaciones exceptuando el posible juicio de Anthony y Rae dándose cuenta del poder que tiene.

Además Anthony fue de los primeros book boyfriends que tuve, a pesar de todos sus problemas me parece un chico súper lindo♥. Él fue la principal razón por la que continúe leyendo la saga y sí, lo ad
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
After recently reading Crave by Melinda Metz, I wondered what else she has written. I was shocked to find that she and another author wrote the Roswell T.V. series. So, after reading the description for the fingerprints series, I just had to give them a try. Gifted Touch is a great beginning to the series. Rae Voight's mother died in a mental institution. She is being raised by her father who only relays the fondest of memories regarding her mother. At school one day, Rae began receiving outside ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are introduced to seventh graders at a private school. Rae (Rachel) and Lea, her best friend, are the first two. Rae has a talent for psychometry; she can touch things and, in her case, receives thoughts and feelings from them. She's worried because her mother ended up in a mental institution, probably from the same type of thing.

Things get horribly worse at lunch at school, and it appears that Rae has really gone insane.

Rae spends the summer at an institution and then has to return to school
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
3.5 stars.

First off, I've been looking for these books (whether at my library or to buy) since a couple years after they came out and only just found a complete set. It's crazy how difficult these were to find.

Anyway haven't read this one for nearly a decade. This one is an enjoyable start to the series.

I really liked the idea of Rae getting people's thoughts from a fingerprint they left behind. And how those thoughts were in different fonts.

When I read this again, I had the same problem I h
I really tried to finish this story, given it's only about 200 pages long. But when a better book came along, I just couldn't force myself through it. This book just isn't for me. I enjoy the occasional YA read, but this one was the worst so far. The writing is plain as can be, overly descriptive (in fact, this was the first word coming to my mind after reading the first few pages), the characters are shallow caricatures of teenage kids with no rational behaviour (I mean even given the fact they ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I’ve read this series twice. The first time was in high school and I remembered I had really enjoyed it, but I never completely finished it… For some reason my library doesn’t have the middle books. The second time I read this was after college and I completed the whole series. Overall I like the simplicity of this series, it is by no means complex but they story is concrete and entertaining and the characters are developed excellently.

The first book starts with Rae, who might be going crazy, sh
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rae es una chica que obtiene pensamientos de otras personas mediante las huellas digitales que dejan en los objetos. Ella quiere ser normal y popular y piensa que esos pensamientos que obtiene son a causa de una enfermedad mental.
Pero conoce a un chico que le ayuda a descubrir que no está enferma y que en realidad es un poder que tiene.
Sólo que hay un problema, alguien quiere matarla y ella tiene que usar sus poderes para averiguar quién es.


Leí la serie de Roswell High el año pasado y real
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, teens, series
This one is the first of a series about a girl who can hear the thoughts of others by contact with their fingerprints (either directly or indirectly).

This idea intrigued me and the first book was mostly about Rae finding out what her "not me thoughts" are. Teen speak and pop culture references abound (which annoyed me) but their use did drop shortly after the beginning of the book when Rae (not knowing what is happening to her) has a meltdown at school one day leading to her being hospitalized f
Fairy Tale Junkie
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psykicks-in-ya
A surprise find, this book was published more than a decade ago and luckily enough, I just happened to stumble into this author recently.

Fast paced story about a girl with special ability, she can read thoughts and feel emotions by touching fingerprints. A great start to a new series, short and pretty amazing, Rae, Anthony and Jesse are sure to keep you entertained.

Starting book number two right away..

FYI, this ended prematurely so be sure to read the next books, otherwise you'll have lots of qu
Ashlynn Sortor
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a very interesting, hocking, and mind blowing series that will leave you BEGGING for more! Gifted Touch is an amazing way to process the stress of dealing with a mother who may or may not have killed her best friend, an amazing power, AND finding out who is trying to kill her. This book will bring through the worst and best parts of being a teenage girl. The heartbreak, loosing your best friend, making new friends, getting a new boyfriend, an overprotective father, thinking your ...more
Jonathan Currinn
Having previously read Melinda Metz Roswell High novels, I was expecting the Fingerprints novels to be just as good. However I can see why this one didn't spawn a TV series.

The concept is great, the story line is immersive and engaging, and yet there's something missing. The characters just seem too robotic. They manage backstory and understanding of the characters, but there's not enough development behind them, not enough to identify with them, and this is what totally lets this first book dow
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I picked up this series secondhand and had a burst of reading through this series.

A great little paranormal mystery for YA's. Rae's ability to hear things through touch has screwed up her life making her an outcast in school. She finally agrees to attend a support group and things start to look up a little... and then someone tries to kill her.

Really glad I had the others in the series to read after this as this was a quick fix for me.

Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jule by: Rini
Shelves: read-in-2011
Sehr nette Story um ein Mädchen - Rae - die, wenn sie die Fingerabdrücke anderer Menschen berührt, deren Gedanken liest. Teilweise etwas vulgäre Sprache, was mich bei der Zielgruppe der Bücher überrascht, aber mich persönlich stört es natürlich nicht.

Sehr originelle Story mit netten Charakteren. Ich freu mich schon auf die weiteren Bände.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Metz's entire Fingerprints series is wonderful and compelling. The protag. find that she can randomly hear people's thoughts through fingerprints and goes crazy, finding herself in league with a boy of lower social standing. They botth get wrapped in this conspiracy. Oh, and someone's chasing them. Good luck! :)
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. Had to stay up late just to finish it. Rae and everyone thinks shes crazy with hearing voices in her head. I love the way she eventually figures out, throughtout the book, exactly what is going on. The end had me looking franticly in my nook for the next nook
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Metz has achieved a rarity by authoring an inspired and new take on a science-esque fiction. The ways of the paranormal in Metz' creation is astoundingly original. The back stories for each character is a little sluggish and overly-written at times, however, they fit very well into the culture created.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting series. I read the first one and bought all 6 of the others. Although short there is a lot of character development and action packed into this novel. I enjoyed the unique paranormal aspect and the writing style.
i really like this book. i have already read it, but under another name known as "Echoes". she re-vamped it to get more readers. personally i like this series and i am going to continue to read it over and over again.
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a YA series (Fingerprints) that my friend Alice, recommended. It's paranormal, but kind of full of teen angst, so I skipped some. I have to be in the mood to read YA. I have #2 to read on my lunch breaks when a hardcover is too heavy to tote!!!
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually have the omnibus with the first three books in the series. Not sure if I'm going to read the other two or not. Might wait a while and read them later on. Who knows. Definitely didn't catch my interest.
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Melinda Metz grew up in San Jose, California. People sometimes ask if she knows the way there. She kinda does, but she has an off-kilter sense of direction, so to be confident of arriving, it's better to consult some kind of navigational device.

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Other Books in the Series

Fingerprints (7 books)
  • Haunted (Fingerprints, #2)
  • Trust Me (Fingerprints, #3)
  • Secrets (Fingerprints, #4)
  • Betrayed (Fingerprints, #5)
  • Revelations (Fingerprints, #6)
  • Payback (Fingerprints, #7)