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Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

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$4.99
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978-1-77233-717-4


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Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape. 

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed. 

14+ due to adult situations

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Excerpt: 

I’m alive?

Yes. Still alive…

Again.

A tube runs from an IV bag into my arm, the plastic needle burrowing under my skin like a tick. Thank God I was unconscious when they put that in. I cringe at the thought of being deluged with so many psyches at once—paramedics, nurses, doctors, all of them touching me.

Where are my clothes? They must have taken them off when I was out. This flimsy gown can’t protect me. I want to tear off the tape securing the IV tube to my skin, rip it off like a Band-Aid. I want out of here, but then I see Mama sleeping beside me, her body sloped in a plastic chair. I shouldn’t have done this to her again. But I had to try.

A plastic clamp pinches my finger, connecting me to a heart monitor. Three inches further up, my wrist is wrapped in gauze. Two months ago I would never have had the courage to do this—or any reason to. But now, feeling the staples beneath the bandage, I wonder how deep someone has to cut in order to die?

The curtain jerks back, the metal rings dragging across the ceiling rail. Mama snaps to attention. I half expect her to stand and salute.

“Miranda Ortiz?” says a woman in a beige linen suit and crisp white blouse. She is thin, stiff, and colorless. She reeks of gardenias.

“I’m Dr. Walsh from Mental Health,” she continues. The plastic laminated nametag hanging from her neck confirms this.

Dr. Walsh extends her hand, but instead of taking it, I grasp the edge of my sheet and pull it up to my chin. Other than this stupid hospital gown, it’s the only barrier I’ve got right now.

Mama stands up and reaches over the bed to shake the doctor’s hand. “I’m Mira’s mother, Ana,” she says wearily. She starts to sit back down, but Dr. Walsh interrupts.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you in person, Mrs. Ortiz. However, I’d like to speak to your daughter alone, if that’s all right.”

Dr. Walsh is insistent, in a polite sort of way. Mama leans toward me, and for a split second I think she’s going to kiss me goodbye. Though deep down I almost wish she would, instead she offers me her gentle smile and tucks the sheet under my shoulder.

“Please don’t go,” I whisper.

“It’ll only be a few minutes,” she says. “I’ll be just outside, all right?”

Mama brushes a strand of hair from my eyes with her manicured fingernails, careful to avoid contact with my skin. She smiles at me, but her eyes are wistful. As she walks out, my insides tighten up, and I suddenly realize how much I’ve missed her touch. My instinct is to cling to her like when I was small, but instead I press my arms stiffly to my sides like a corpse.

A security guard opens the door and accompanies Mama out into the hall. Dr. Walsh takes Mama’s empty chair, crosses one leg over the other, and lays a clipboard on her knee. “So,” she begins, “you cut yourself last night. Is that right?”

Her voice is casual and smooth, as if she’s just asked me what I ate for dinner. She waits for me to respond. When I don’t, she glances down at her clipboard. “I understand it’s not your first attempt. You were here a couple of weeks ago, I see. Overdose, but no permanent damage done.”

She glances up at me, pausing in case I have something to say.

I don’t.

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  1. Night Owl Teen 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2016

    “Contact” is about a girl named Mira who has tried to commit suicide twice because of the grief that comes along with her gift of being able to read other people’s psyches upon skin contact. While dealing with that her father and his company is under investigation. They make a miracle drug that combats illnesses like Bipolar Disorder. They are being investigated for the deaths of volunteer test subjects of the drug, but while her father said all those deaths were accidents, Mira’s not be so sure.

    I found Mira, the main character, quite endearing and strong! She’s been through a lot and yet she still had a positive flair to her. When she met David, her love interest, he brought out another flirty and sensitive side to her that I liked.

    I liked this book overall, but I felt like it lacked a few things. The story is a set in a world where teens are given a drug when they turn sixteen to help combat things like mental disorders. I would have liked more world-building. There wasn’t really much explanation on how this came to be or why the government would make the vaccine mandatory when there wasn’t much testing done on it. Also, I found the mystery element to the story to be slightly predictable.

    What I really enjoyed about the story was the romance between David and Mira. It was really sweet, and I found David’s awkwardness so cute! The dialogue between them was really funny at times, and it felt so realistic.

    Overall, I liked the book! It was a really quick read, but it kept my interest throughout the whole thing. The romance was really sweet, and even though the story was kind of predictable, I still enjoyed it. The ending leaves room for a sequel, and if there is one, I would definitely buy it!


  2. Mind blowing! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2016

    The imagination used to create this story just blows me away! The plot and character development are unheard of! There were so many twists and turns to this story my eyes were glued to the page! All my suspicions for what was going to happen were completely wrong! I was shocked every time a new piece of information was given to me.There was so much going on, I just couldn't stop reading!


  3. Contact was a thrilling read that i enjoyed and would recommend 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Mar 2016

    Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

    To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

    It took me a bit to really get into this storyline. For the first part it was dragging very slowly, then gradually increased to nail biting by the end of the book. The story sort of just comes to a open ending, leaving room for more development or not. I'm not exactly sure about why, but it did leave me wanting more of a solid ending. This book is told from Mira’s point of view, so we got to travel through her self discovery first hand. For me I think it would be a rock solid 5 stars if the plot was expanded and detailed a touch more. There was plenty of details of Mira’s ability and her thoughts/feelings, but there was not much growth or details on the other characters. Except for perhaps Jordan. There are plenty of twists that I personally did not see coming, and was shocked to read. There are some disturbing parts as well. I am not sure if the teen market is the proper category, maybe that’s just me. I did like how David’s character was written in and merged with Mira’s. At times it was a little Bella/Edward. Overall Contact was a thrilling read that i enjoyed and would recommend.


  4. The TBR Pile 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Mar 2016

    What a rush! What a ride! This book is freaking epic! And sad, hopeful, shocking, I’m trying to gather all my thoughts for the review. Mira, is in such torment, mentally, about what she can do it’s heartbreaking. When her mother is in the coma and David helps her it’s really rather amazing. The book comes together so flawlessly. The mystery aspect is perfect and spot on. I have my suspicions throughout the books and I was right but it is a wild ride getting there. So many twists and horrible but well written turns. I cannot stop reading! I want more books in this world.


  5. A barrage of memories, some good, some tragic, some soul destroying. All in ONE TOUCH! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Feb 2016

    Imagine having to avoid all touch! Being a teen is hard enough without begin able to emotionally connect with people in general, and "family." In the first few pages you learn about her most recent attempt to end her life. The why is explained too, skin to skin contact reveals too much to her, an overload of memories (the sweet, bad and also their feelings about her). From knowing that her boyfriend, "never really loved her," the defection of her "Best Friend,' her adoption, and that the only person she "can't see" when she inadvertently touches him, is her father.


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