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Don't Touch

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,277 ratings  ·  237 reviews
A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get ba
Paperback, ARC edition, 432 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
This book was totally unexpected. The words at the back of the cover were kind of misleading so when I picked the book up, I was ready for something paranormal but what I got was a story about mental illness. Instead of being disappointed though, I was actually surprised to end up liking the overall theme of the story. I also quite enjoyed the major setting- a theater school. It set up the direction of the plot and gave the entire story more color and intrigue because of course, Shakespeare!

I ap
Natalie Monroe
Oct 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
This is supposed to be a problem-driven contemporary (very serious stuff here), but when I saw that title, I thought of this:

What is maturity?
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4.5 stars

Books that deal with mental illnesses are hard to get right. Either they are completely unrealistic and overdone or they just show blatantly, how little the author knows about that mental illness. Don’t Touch, gets it right. Don’t Touch transcended my expectations and hit all the right notes.

Our main character, Caddie, suffers from OCD and anxiety. She made this game with herself that if she doesn’t touch anyone, her family will come back together,
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss-arc, fanmix
Review and Playlist also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
Listen to my Don't Touch on 8tracks.


I was blown away.

I wasn’t planning on picking this up and when I finally did I didn’t expect to fall madly in love with Don’t Touch.

There are some misconceptions, to be clear, there are no magical, superpowers involved, or any lethal touch going on in this book.

Don’t Touch Me follows the story of Caddie who has this idea drilled inside her head that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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Reading this book felt like walking on glass. Any wrong move could make the glass shatter--any little thing can make me completely love or hate the book. Until this moment of writing this review, I could suddenly realize little things and lower or raise my rating. This book's a fragile read for me, if you can call it that.

One positive thing about the book was the theatrical aspect. I loved all the theater-talk and scenes related to the characters' roles in their school play, and all the thos
Easily one of the best depictions of OCD I've read in YA, with a killer author's note at the end to boot. That's noteworthy in and of itself because sometimes they can feel like they're explaining the point; this one does not.

Caddie's relationship with Peter is sweet and satisfying throughout the entire book, and the ending they got was what was deserved. More, it was so REALISTIC to teen romances.

Though this book tackles mental health, it's perfectly fine for younger YA readers. There's theate
Everything about this book is amazing even the authors note.
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.

I received an advanced reader's edition of this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

3.5 of 5 stars. Please read my rating system further below. As someone with anxiety, I definitely was a little hesitant to request and to read a book that deals with a mental illness that I suffer. I am so glad that I did read Don't Touch. Not only has Rachel M. Wilson written about the reality of
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

Don’t Touch is a story about a young girl named Caddie who has ambitions to be an actress but suffers from severe anxiety and has a fear about touching anyone. She created ‘games’ such as Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good as a way to justify why she doesn’t touch.

The characters - Caddie was an MC I unfortunately found lacklustre, I definitely felt sorry for the way she suffered but she wasn’t honest or forthcoming with anyone at all, especially with
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 amazing, undoubtedly well deserved stars.

"Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet "

I loved this book, I loved absolutely everything about it! I remember seeing this title pop up on the Epic Reads Fall Cover Reveals blog post and was immediately intrigued not only by the gorgeousness that is that cover, but the plot summary itself. Hence when I saw this baby pop up on Edelweiss I could
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Wow. Where to begin? This book blew me away. I was expecting to like it (why else would I have read it, right?), but I never expected it to impact me the way it did. After I finished, I couldn't sleep. Literally, I just stayed awake, in deep thought.

When I first decided I wanted to read Don't Touch (which I had initially overlooked, mainly because I saw mention of "drama class" and Hamlet, which in hindsight would have been a huge mistake), I wasn't sure how much I would connect to Caddie. Sure
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance

Powerful and gripping, Don't Touch was virtually a favorite of mine simply from the concept itself as it follows two things that I find fascinating: theatre and psychology. Luckily, the execution itself is just as well-done as the synopsis, and Rachel M. Wilson creates a story that both lingers and provokes thought.

Ever since her parents divorced, Caddie has been afraid of being touched or touching someone else; believing that if she does, something horrible will happen to her family.
Jenni Arndt
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-ebook
Actual rating is 4.5 but I'm rating up because of the effect the novel had on me

When I started reading Don’t Touch I didn’t expect for it to be the experience that it ended up being for me. I had some very uncomfortable realizations about myself as I made my way through it’s pages and it became a story that I don’t think I will ever forget.

Before I tell you why this one really hit home for me I want to talk about the novel for what it is. It’s the story of Caddie, a young girl who has just start
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love YA novels that deal with real issues without romanticizing or glossing over them. I want to see the good and the bad and the happy and the sad. I want to feel the pain and the anxiety right along with that character. I want to be drawn into their brain, seeing their though processes no matter how frustrating it may be- and with books like this it can get very frustrating. Needless to say, this book gave me everything I wanted and more.

I loved Peter and Mandy. Peter was understanding and p
Read InAGarden
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though Caddie is locked in a world of fear and pain, she keeps taking baby steps to push herself to connect with the functioning world. Caddie believes that if she can keep people from touching her skin she will be able to keep her parents marriage from crumbling. Her personal mantra is "don't touch". This is a problem when you live in a world with people and even more of a problem when Caddie earns a spot in her dream performing arts academy high school. At this high school Caddie begins t ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
This book was so good!
For someone like myself who does have an OCD problem, this book was both inspiring and original.
I loved all of the characters and the general story got me.
Definitely worth the read!

Full review to come...
Erika Price
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

On Sunday, I whipped through the entirety of Rachel M. Wilson's new YA novel, Don’t Touch, published by HarperTeen. And since this is such a substantial and meaty young adult novel (clocking in at 432 pages), that is definitely saying something.

Don’t Touch follows anxious high school student Caddie Finn as she navigates two major life changes: attending a new school (an arts academy, where she’ll be pursuing acting), and dealing with the emotional fallout of her parents’ recent separation. Cadd
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women, 2014
Review also posted at Perusing Books.

“Or this pain sloshing back and forth between us will be permanent, suck us all down. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad will never come home. There will never again be enough air. This family will stay broken, drown.”

Such an astonishing and important story.
It follows a girl named Caddie who, after her dad leaves town, forms an idea in her mind that if she touches anyone, her dad will never come back and her parents will never be together again.
Caddie’s dev
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A beautiful story that was full of emotion, second chances, and growth. Unfortunately, this was just not a book for me, but I still think many others will really enjoy it.

Opening Sentence: “Candace Finn?”

The Review:

Caddie is just getting ready to start her senior year at a new school. She was lucky to get into the academy where she will be able to pursue a possible career in acting. There is just one big problem; Caddie suffers from a serve case
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For info on my book reviews and rating scale, see my blog

Let's use a John Green quote to sum my love of this book up “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

(I'm pro
Michelle Wrona
*e-ARC provided by HarperTeen and FFBC Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.*

OCD isn't a subject commonly used in YA fiction. It's interesting and fresh in thrillers. But instead, this is a book that can possibly occur to some in reality. Don't Touch isn't everything I wanted in a contemporary-mental disorder related novel, but it still was enjoyable and stays fresh in my mind.

This book is racing—it gets your heart going and excites you and gives you all the feels. I, personally, th
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars.

This review was originally posted on my blog, Hiver et Cafe

I received an e-ARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not affect my opinion whatsoever, nor was I compensated for this review.

I enjoyed Caddie's character and watching her journey throughout the novel. Although there were times that I wanted to throttle her, I understood that her inability to touch people was beyond her control. Caddie suffers from OCD that manifests itself thro
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't Touch deals with mental illnesses in such a real and uncomfortable way. I really felt for Caddie. Throughout the book it was difficult for me to not tear up, feel heartbroken for Caddie, and frustrated at her family for turning a blind eye to what she’s going through. Caddie has suffered from OCD tendencies ever since she was young, but tried to hide it because when her mom found out she pretty much broke down and cried her eyes out. Way to make it about yourself mom! I am well aware of ho ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I saw this book I knew I had to read it. You see, I too suffer from anxiety. Mine doesn’t have anything to do with my body or are really extreme, but it does affect me. For example, if I use my straightener in the morning, I will go back at least 5 times to make sure I unplugged it. Same goes with my front door. When I locked the door, I will double check it lots of times. I’ll be sitting in my car, ready to go when I think,”Did I lock the door?” Then I get out of the car once again, to mak ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

Don't Touch is a Young Adult contemporary romance.

The narrator is Caddie, a 16 year old who has just transferred to a performing arts school. The school is performing Hamlet and she desperately wants to play Ophelia. The only problem is that she has a secret. She cannot be touched. She suffers from extreme anxiety.

I enjoy Young Adult books that deal with real issues. The main issue in this book is that the narrator suffers from OCD and anxiety. Since the author has gone through some of the same
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this as an ARC from Goodreads First Reads.


So many great things about this book.

I guess I'll start with how believable Caddie's character is. Honestly, I was skeptical about reading a book where a girl is afraid to touch someone...I'd never heard of anything like it before, and I didn't know if the author would be able to execute it in a convincing way.

But Rachel Wilson definitely surprised me!

First off, I definitely loved the relationship between Caddie and all of Mandy's frie
★MC's Corner★

So good!!! Must Read!!!
Is there a sequel???

*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.
• At first I thought it was weird, it just want answers. “Don’t Touch” wth?
I thought it’s another YA with a character that when you touch her it’ll kill you. It’s not. (You… like Juliette on Shatter Me)
I just love this book; you’ll love reading it all over again.

• Cadence Finn is a student on an art school. She a great theater actress, the thing is she doesn’t want to be touch. She, like, put a cursed on herself. She
Jul 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The button "I'm finished" should be renamed "I'm done" *le sigh*
It's never a good sign when I choose watching TV over reading a book. And in the last couple of days I watched a lof of TV...

This book bored me out of my brains. There was close to no plot to speak of, and the little plot I found focused on the wrong parts. In a book about a MC with metal illness/OCD I want to read about said mental illness/OCD. I'm not interested in endless droning about Hamlet and who's right for the role of Ophel
Nicole M. Hewitt
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Remember that magical thinking you had as a child? I do. I remember truly believing that if my parents didn’t say “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite, I love you, see you tomorrow, hugs and kisses” before they left my room after tucking me in, something truly bad would happen. I was convinced of that. I probably believed it for more years than I should have, but I did eventually grow out of it. Now, im
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, giveaway-books
I recieved this book from the goodreads first read programm.

Don't Touch is about a 15 year old girl Caddie. She goes through the separation of her parents and she created 'Games' inside her head as a way to kind of deal with it. This game is not to touch anothers person skin so that her parents might get back together.

I had high expectations for this book because it sounded so different but it definitely lived up to my expectations.

5 Things I love about this book:
- The way Shakespeares 'Hamlet'
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Rachel M. Wilson is the author of the contemporary YA, DON'T TOUCH, forthcoming from HarperTeen, Sep. 2, 2014.

She graduated from Northwestern University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Rachel grew up in Birmingham, AL, and she currently writes, acts, and teaches in Chicago, IL.

Rachel's all over the Interwebs:
On Twitter @byRachelMWilson

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