Review: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
October 30, 2012
TOUCHING THE SURFACE is one of the most intense and beautiful novels that I’ve read in a long time. It is packed full of characters that will make your heart burst from love and heartache, and plot twists that will leave you stunned. I’m still so in awe of the raw beauty of this novel and the complex simplicity of it all. Look out YA world, Sabatini is an up and coming author who is sure to go far in her writer career if this book is any indication.
Elliot is a girl so full of regret and pain and self-loathing that it’s easy to feel for her. While she comes to the Obmil as a Third Timer and therefore unaware of her past life, everything hits her fast and unravels her world as she knows it. Elliot made a huge mistake in her most recent life that haunts her and greatly affects the way she sees herself. It takes the aid of sweet mesmerizing Oliver and angry, hurt Trevor to understand the power of forgiveness and love.
Without revealing too much, I just have to brag and gush about Trevor and Oliver. These two guys are total opposites and exactly what Elliot needs to help her heal and learn about herself. Trevor is just as messed up as Elliot and together these two explore themselves and what it means to live. Oliver is adorable and one of the most genuinely amazing guys I have ever read about. He is absolutely perfect for Elliot in a different way than Trevor. I wish I had an Oliver in my life!
Sabatini has crafted a gorgeous world where people go to learn from their pasts and hopefully fix them so they can be better in their next life. Honestly, TOUCHING THE SURFACE touched me so deeply that I had to stop to reflect on my life and choices and what happens after death. It takes an extremely powerful book to affect me that much that I connect it to my life at all. Whatever you do, do not pass on this book! It is one of the best that I have read in a long, long time.
TOUCHING THE SURFACE is sure to haunt readers long after reading the final line. It reveals some ugly yet beautiful things about life that will make you think. I am going to recommend this book to everyone I know and make sure all my closest friends read it. I need people to cry and laugh with me about it!