Thursday, April 3, 2014

Touch by Kim Firmston

Release Date: March 1, 2013
Info about author: Goodreads - Website
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company
Age group: YA
Pages: 152
Buy the book: Amazon - The Book Depository

Rating: 1/5

Description (from Goodreads):

Ethan has the perfect plan to impress his dad, a "white hat" hacker who works in IT security. Ethan will hack into the high school's computer system and release a relatively harmless virus he's created by modifying an old code of his dad's. Ethan knows his dad will recognize him as the mastermind when the story hits the evening news. Unfortunately for Ethan, when the segment airs his dad misses it--all his attention is on Ethan's troubled stepsister, Haley. 
Ethan launches a full-out battle for attention, only to learn that the fight has been one-sided when Haley accuses his dad of molesting her. Ethan refuses to believe the allegations against his dad--until he hacks into an old computer of his dad's and makes a startling discovery. 
Ethan has strived his whole life to be just like his dad, but when this dark secret comes to light, he doesn't know what kind of person that makes him.


Sometimes, picking a title you know nothing about proves to be one of the best choices you can make. But in this case, it was not so. 

Ethan, the main character of the book, hacks in to the school computer system at the beginning of the book. He belongs to the tech club and all in all thinks that he is the god of hacking or something similar. He does the hacking to the system just to impress his father. But Ethan's father does not acknowledge the hacking at all because he has to spend his time to focus on the problems of Haley's stepsister, Haley. 

Ethan is so horrible! I felt no sympathy towards him. He is dying to get attention, he threats his friends like shit and is simply mean to his stepsister who clearly has problems. Even though Ethan later on realizes what a shit head he is, I still did not like him at all. He wants to be like his father, which probably isn't the best dream for adulthood since his father is a cruel child molester.

When Haley, Ethan's stepsister, says that Ethan's father has been molesting her, Ethan does not believe her and tries to prove her wrong. Ethan's father controls Ethan's opinions and actions and Ethan goes as far as reading Haley's personal diaries to prove that Haley is just lying. Ethan does not really justify his actions, he just does things to get more and more attention.

Gosh, I really did not like this book at all. The whole hacking stuff might be interesting for someone who has interest in that type of things, but I read from someone else's review that the way the hacking stuff is described in this novel is bogus. I guess Haley was the only likable character in this novel, along with Ethan's friends (I cannot understand why someone wants to be friends with a guy like Ethan though). This novel just made me angry and annoyed, and I have to be completely honest and say that I do not recommend it to anyone, under any circumstances.

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