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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  991 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
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
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Daniel Hansen The book is more for high-school kids and the subject matter is pretty dark and intense for a twelve year old,but there's nothing that's too graphic…moreThe book is more for high-school kids and the subject matter is pretty dark and intense for a twelve year old,but there's nothing that's too graphic and inappropriate for a twelve year old.(less)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I am used to reading bad books. I try very hard not to, I pick every one very carefully, but I often end up with something I’d been doing my best to avoid. And it’s okay. It’s the same for all of us. But when a book starts out great and I get my hopes up, only to become formulaic and focused on all the wrong things later on, I feel more than just disappointed. I feel cheated.

Touched had a very promising beginning. Ever since he was born, Nick Cross’ head has been filled with what he calls memor
Heather Dearly
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touched pulled me in from the start and didn't let go until the very end. With a fast and flawless pace, this story offers one amazing twist after another. I was left breathless. I love Cyn's voice and her unique contributions to the young adult paranormal/fantasy genre. Touched is my favorite Balog book to date.

In full disclosure, I am one of Cyn Balog's crit partners/beta readers. It has been several months since I read this story, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about Crazy Cross. I
Mar 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this book was really hard to read. It wasn't difficult to understand. The beginning was so chaotic, and the whole book was really choppy. I just really struggled to go through it.

And the summary really had me intrigued. I thought it sounded similar to Sherilynn Kenyon's Infinity - hey we even have a Nick, and touching the girl makes the voice go away - and thought it might be better attempt at a really cool concept. But the voice wasn't what I thought it was going to be, and I hadn't realiz
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Nick, memories work both ways-- he can see his own future. Well, a hundred versions of it, becuase every time he goes "off script", his memories cycle and change, showing him new futures a dozen times a day, resulting in piercing headaches and his nickname of CRAZY CROSS.

The opening chapter of TOUCHED grabs a hold of you, and the book keeps you going through twist after twist, not letting go until the final page. This book marks a departure for Cyn Balog, who has to date written paranormal r
Megan Olguin
Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of my least favorite books like.... ever.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys POV always rock! There are tons of Girls POV's out there, which makes the Boys even more stand out. This in combination with this gorgeous cover made me pick up this book with enthusiasms.

In addition, the premise was intriguing. A Guy with voices in his head?

Nick was an awesome hero - although we might not call him a hero yet. Nick and his mom are different, they hear voices and see the future and all the possibilities this a certain future holds in her heads. Constantly! Even the tiniest
Amy Lignor
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick Cross is a truly amazing character. He, not unlike many, has a voice in his head, but his voice actually tells him the future - every step that will occur that takes someone else’s life. However, if Nick plays hero, listens to the voice, yet decides to veer off course to save someone different, then he dooms another.

Example: Nick Cross is working as a lifeguard at the Jersey Shore. On his way to work one day, the voice tells him all about a young woman who will be killed. As he heads to wo
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story hits the ground running as the reader is put into Nick's head realizes he can see his future. He can see the big things, like marriage and children, as well as the little things, like tripping over the cat or spilling water. All of these things crowd his head every second of every day. If he deviates from the "script" as he calls it, his future furiously realigns itself as it works through the millions of possibilities that one small act can change. The way this world is built for you ...more
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
(More like 4.5 stars.)

Nick was born Touched, able to see his own future and he's been trying to stick to the "script" as much as possible; at least he was until he met Naryn, a girl who knows about the Book of Touch, what Nick's Touch is, and maybe, just maybe there's a way to undo everything.

I know you've heard me say it before, but for the record, I'm usually not someone who reads books told in first person, male perspective. Why? Because I can't always get into them and let's face it, that c
Savannah (Books With Bite)
As much as I love this author, I could not get into the book. I did managed to finished it, with the ending getting much better.

I had a hard time getting into the book cause of the confusing beginning. There was too much going on with out much explanation. I had to continuously flipped back pages and re-read passages. After about a hundred pages in, I was finally able to understand. I could see what the bigger picture was so I continued reading.

There is a love interest that kept me reading. I ad
When I saw the book cover for Touched by Cyn Balog, I was intrigued. I had to find out what those dark sinister looking streamers were coming off of the person. Once I read the description, I was hooked and had to read this YA novel. Obviously every choice we make does determine our future. So, what if you knew your future and could see how every choice you make alters that future? What would you do? Read the rest of my review at
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Touched started out promising, but the focus is all on Nick’s romance, and his voice sounds more like a whiny girl than a hero.

Opening Sentence: It had taken years, but finally, I had everything down.

The Review:

Nick’s mind is filled with memories — of things that haven’t happened yet. He calls them memories, but they’re really visions of his future. Every deviation from his script changes everything. He sees hundreds of different futures eve
usagi ☆ミ
Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, for-review
Oh boy. I really, really wanted to like this one - the premise was awesome. Future "memories" of one's life, changing at any possible moment, along with the emotional baggage that comes with losing potential partners, children, and grandchildren. But I felt like the execution was poor, and the book as a whole needed at least two more drafts for it to really feel "finished". I was really excited about it but ultimately, for me, "Touched" failed to deliver.

While I love the fact that this has a mal
Sandy S
TOUCHED (YA) by Cyn Balog

TOUCHED is the August 2012 new release Young Adult paranormal fiction novel from Cyn Balog.

17year old Nick Cross (aka Crazy Cross by his fellow students) can see the future. Not just the few minutes or hours ahead, but a lifetime of memories. And the continuous script that runs through his head takes on epic proportions each time he changes his course of action. The ‘cycling’ of events results in mind-blowing headaches and he must stick to the script or suffer further p
Melissa Chung
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange and interesting book. I saw this book sitting at my library bookmobile and grabbed it based on the cover and the author name. Cyn Balog is an author I have seen while scanning books but have never read before. This book had a pretty cover and so I grabbed it. I knew nothing before reading it.

With that being said lets get on with this review shall we :) Nick Cross was born with a curse. He can see the future. The future isn't set and can be changed if he falters in doing exactly wa
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not your stereotypical Jersey shore story. In Touched, a boy named Nick has the crazy-painful ability to see the future. If he doesn’t do what his mind shows him, he has terrible headaches and struggles to focus. But sometimes he can’t help going off “script,” as he calls it. Sometimes life and death get in the way.
At the start of the story, Nick makes a choice to save one girl (Taryn) which causes the death of another young girl. It turns out that Nick and the girl are connected, that
A Book Vacation
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 ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
Wouldn't it be great if you could know the future? What a fabulous power, right? Not so fast. What if every one of the myriad decisions you made each day changed your future? Even something as small perhaps as which side of the street you walk down might change something. You might try, as Nick does, to stay "on script" in the hopes of holding onto a future that seems to be wonderful.
But, what if every time you changed something all the new possible futures ran constantly through your head? Life
Eugenia Argerami
This book started off really well, with strong characters, and an easy-to-follow plot-line. I was about three quarters in and totally preparing for a five-starred review.
But sadly, everything kind of went to hell.
The story got more boring, confusing, and the peak (you know, the great, crazy, spectacular part of the book before the end) kind of sucked. It wasn't even really a peak at all.
Also, at one point the whole thing just got a little old. It was like the story moved along at a snail's pace
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! For me, this was Time Traveler's Wife meets Thinner (Stephen King)!
I am a big fan of Cyn Balog. Full disclosure: I live in Jersey and love Seaside Heights. So, reading Touched was like visiting some old friends. Beyond that, this is one of the coolest novels I have read in a while. First, the premise is amazing. Nick can see his own future-constantly! Any little thing he does to stray from the set path makes the future change. In addition, his mother has the same power and the power ca
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Cyn Balog - have enjoyed all her books, until now. Let me amend that - I didn't hate the book, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did her other ones.

The main character, Nick (aka Crazy Cross), can see his own future. Any little thing he does to stray from the set path makes the future change, which also gives him a massive headache. In addition, his mother has the same ability. In her case, it's forced her to hole up in her room for the past ten years. Nan, Nick's grandmother,
Rebecca A. Rogers
It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, and I’ve been meaning to review it, but I just haven’t had the chance lately.

Nick has the ability to see his future. He knows that if he listens to the voice in his head, his future will be exactly as he envisions. But when Nick makes the grave mistake of not listening to that voice, the outcome of his future has consequences. He must uncover why he is the way he is, what started it all, and how to stop the terrible psychic curse before tragedy prevai
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like books that invole the past and future.
This book was a great read. It had an interesting twist at the ending that I honestly never expected. It got a little depressing for me during a few parts, but the ending really made it all better for me. The romance between Nick and Taryn was interesting as well. They had a really strong relationship and it made me want to read more.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Nick Cross, a teenager that can see his future. I loved this book until the end. The end was sudden. Everything you discover about the book changes. The characters change drastically. If the change would've been more subtle, it'd be one of the best books I've read.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it gets you interested and intrigued since the second you start reading till the very end! the twists are very well done and the ending was the biggest twist of all
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book, a pretty sad ending, but yeah, really enjoyed reading it!!
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little hard to read because the main character has flashes of the future, but a great book none the less.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Thoughts:

I was so excited to get my hands on this book; I’ve read all the other books by this author and just loved her creative and beautiful stories. So I started this book with an open mind and excitement. I really enjoyed the creative aspect to this book; I found that it wasn’t mundane or unoriginal. In fact it took me a little bit for me to get used to the concept and format of the book. And once I adjusted to the world I was really able to connect with it and experience it through th
Deborah Ideiosepius
One the theme of Young Adult supernatural fiction which I seem to be on at the moment, Touched worked very well for me:

Nick Cross has a serious cross to bear (I know, terrible pun! Forgive me), in his head there is a permanent, curious monologue, a voice telling him what he does next, every second of every day. He was born with it, his mother has it too and neither of them know why. The monologue is the series of events leading to the future that Nick can see for himself.This summer on the way t
First Look:  That cover. It is fabulous.  It might seriously be my favorite cover ever.  I love the creepy abandoned-looking theme park (there's a shadowy roller coaster on the back cover), magical tendrils of something-or-other, an offbeat font, and a cool color scheme.  When I first saw it, I didn't even care what the book was about.  I had to read it no matter what.

 Setting:  The setting didn't play a big role in the novel.  The narration and descriptions gave me an adequate idea of the place
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Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola
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“It was almost as if my screwing everything up was beyond my control, destined, written in the stars.” 8 likes
“I couldn’t get out of my head how strange it was that the smallest decisions in our lives can leave the biggest scars.” 6 likes
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