Review: Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Book cover for Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson.

Title: Don’t Touch
Author: Rachel M. Wilson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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 back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who’s fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her. 

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I thought I should change up my reviews and pick up something new to read. I went to the library and stumbled upon Rachel M. Wilson’s Don’t Touch. I had seen this before and heard some pretty good things about it, so I signed it out and began to read. Here are some of my thoughts about this book.

First, this is a REALLY good example of a book exploring mental health. It shows how the main character, Caddie, got help from her friends and a professional. It was so well thought out! It’s actually kind of sad, because the author had some experience with OCD symptoms. I feel like when an author has a true meaning behind the plot of a book, it makes it better. The book becomes more personal and detailed with thoughts from the main character that are relevant, because some of them came straight from the author’s heart.

This book was interesting, because it teaches you a real lesson. It’s very rare that you find a YA novel that is capable of that. This book taught me to trust my friends. No matter what, they will understand and help you through a rough time. Otherwise, they aren’t your friends. It also taught me to get professional help if things are getting worse for you. Don’t keep things like mental health issues to yourself. The author even left links to mental health information sites at the back of the book. This is so nice. It shows that she doesn’t want other people to have to go through the same things she and Caddie did.

Finally, Don’t Touch had quite a few references to Hamlet. I really liked how the book was layed out kind of like a play, with Act 1 instead of Part 1 and quotes from Shakespeare on the pages announcing the different acts and throughout the book as well. It added to the acting theme of the book and made it fun to read. The quotes also related to Caddie a bit, which was interesting.

Don’t Touch was such a good read for anyone, especially those wanting to learn more about OCD. It told a story as well as set a trend for the readers… Evening gloves. 🙂 This was a very informative book, so definitely give it a try.

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