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Touched author Scott Campbell summary ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Touched ⚣ Author Scott Campbell – Robbie Young is an ordinary twelve year old boy about to drop a bombshell that will devastate his small town family One day he rides his bAn's wife Linda and concluded by Robbie himself fifteen years later when he has returned to town for a high school reunion Each voice is remarkably persuasive and utterly convincing and the result is a novel that is impossible to put down as it is impossible to forg. May Contain SpoilersTouched by Scott Campbell was a uick and very interesting read about a child who has been molested It was broken down into 4 parts told from 4 different character’s perspectives The first part is told by Linda the young boy’s mother Linda was an okay character however I felt a lot of her responses to what happened was with concern about herself Is this my fault Did I suspect this and just ignored it that kind of thing To me she was worried about when it happened and how than trying to get her son the help he needed at that moment She also speaks of an event in her life that I don’t understand why it was necessary to the story other than it keeps her away from being home however even when she was home she wasn’t off looking for her sonThe second part of the story is told from Jerry the child molester His point of view begins the day the news comes out of what he has been doing I have to say even though the topic of this book is extremely difficult and what he did was horrific I liked his character the best He goes into his backstory with young boys and how it started with Robbie and you can tell he knows what he is doing is wrong yet he does not think he is a monster He is in love The third part was from Jerry’s wife whom I hated and I felt like she should have been punished in some way for what happen to Robbie as wellThe last part we finally get to hear from the young boy Robbie His point of view comes when he his 27 28 and he is feeling very restless with life He is floating around doesn’t know what he wants I wasn’t sure if the stage Robbie was in in his life had to do with what happened to him as a child or if it was just because he didn’t have direction and really didn’t know what he wanted I would have rather had his perspective from when he was younger versus the adult RobbieI give the book 3 out of 5 stars I didn’t care for the characters and did not feel the need to have them in the story I think just Jerry and Robbie would have been fine and it would have been just as powerful As the story goes I felt too much time was spent going over each characters history when it was their turn to speak that it took away from the present moment Plus learning about their past did not make me like them any or less Overall the book was good I had to keep reminding myself that this took place in the 80s and that is why everyone reacted so differently than if it happened today

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Ry Houseman's been touching me Robbie has been molested and the Young family will never be the same From that moment on the novel unfolds with inexorable power The story is narrated in four parts first by Robbie's mother then by Jerry Houseman himself then by Housem. Whilst the novel makes it clear that Rob has been damaged by Jerry it does allow that all of the adult characters including by his own account the victim are flawed and imperfect people The portrayal of these adults is the most interesting aspect of the narrative because Campbell is interested in how our natures shape our perceptions of morality and this novel is about perceptionObviously Jerry initiates sexual contact with a child knowing this and is punished for it I found it disturbing that he seemed to have drawn a line under his experience in the Philippines where buying Ernesto ' was just business' as though this was not as serious as what he did at home However we all also tend to minimise our culpability in a past action when we are resolved to try not to repeat it in the future and Jerry does try to change his behaviour because he is aware that it is wrong I think that within the moral universe of this novel this is an important factorBy contrast the boy's parents are also culpable though less blameworthy For example Linda's dissatisfaction with her introverted husband is an understandable factor leading to her affair which takes her focus away from her family; but isn't it also cheating and betrayal Similarly her husband's introversion and lack of interaction is also understandable some people are simply uiet and introverted but it is a failing Jerry is able to insinuate himself into Robbie's life whilst his parents' attention is elsewhere The adult Rob certainly has this interpretation of the events when he faces his feelings about them at last To him their unawareness allows them to cast all of the blame onto Jerry and desire his punishment and to resent that imposed on them by their guilt and public humiliation They seek public vindication in the courts but they see their son as damaged even after they receive itRobbie at least feels that Jerry taking all of the blame is unjust but he cannot say so without being disloyal to his parents and his community He is adrift from community standards in not simply wanting to see the proscribed guilty party punished and be done with it He knows that a part of himself enjoyed the attention and even the sex The evil of all of it is that that because knowingness preceded adulthood he remains a child incapable of taking responsibilities finishing school maintaining a relationship etc He is terribly damaged and wronged by those who were adults at the time that he suffered the abuseI have not mentioned the other adult Mrs Houseman but I see that some reviewers revile her the most It is certainly hard to comprehend what motivates her and why she is so loyal to a man she is appalled by When Robbie gets the news from her that Jerry has died in prison his reaction is to want to kill her This is terribly ironic given that he condemns his mother for having wanted justice Mrs Houseman is constructed as the least selfish of the novel's characters and the adult who suffers the most because of this I thought that it was interesting that she had a religious side and though she obviously was not a Pharisee about church attendance and practice she tried very hard to follow her religious principles encourage the best in people hope that they will have integrity trust them when they ask for your help etc when it came to moral judgements You might argue that she enables him to be a monster but if so she pays dearly for it and she never betrays him even though he does her On balance I believe that she is punished disproportionately to her guilt for her loyalty to a man that most of us would have condemned and not attempted to understandIn all then a novel that condemns the wickedness of pedophilia and chronicles its destructive conseuences; but also a novel that implies that our outrage and desire to vilify others may arise from our own selfishness; that attempts to support others in their struggles may be futile; and that trust is not always rewarded Not a very cheerful take on humanity but not a simplistic treatment of sexual abuse either

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Touched author Scott CampbeRobbie Young is an ordinary twelve year old boy about to drop a bombshell that will devastate his small town family One day he rides his bike home after school finds his mother in the kitchen making dinner and speaks aloud the secret he's been keeping for a year Jer. Interesting premisse but the way it was used left much to be desired Many chapters started with unrelated ponderings of the respective narrators stuff I was not interested in and it didn't even feel it was building up to something Those long boring introductions were probably supposed to flesh out a character and all that but it only bothered me and I kept thinking get on with the storyStyle wasn't anything remarkable It wasn't bad and it wasn't outstanding Some observations were neat and redeemed the author a little but most were bland and uninteresting Other than the daring subject it was nothing special