DON’T TOUCH by Rachel M. Wilson – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Remember that time I raved about DON’T TOUCH by Rachel M. Wilson on Twitter? I’m now thrilled to share with you all the cover for her exciting debut, coming from HarperTeen this fall. Without further ado, here’s the synopsis! Then, check out the cover and enter to win a signed copy!

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.

Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good…

Caddie has a history of magical thinking—of playing games in her head to cope with her surroundings—but it’s never been this bad before.

When her parents split up, don’t touch becomes Caddie’s mantra. Maybe if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, Dad will come home. She knows it doesn’t make sense, but her games have never been logical. Soon, despite Alabama’s humidity, she’s covering every inch of skin and wearing evening gloves to school.

And that’s where things get tricky. Even though Caddie’s the new girl, it’s hard to play off her compulsions as artistic quirks. Friends notice things. Her drama class is all about interacting with her scene partners, especially Peter, who’s auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Caddie desperately wants to play Ophelia, but if she does, she’ll have to touch Peter…and kiss 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.

From rising star Rachel M. Wilson comes a powerful, moving debut novel of the friendship and love that are there for us, if only we’ll let them in.

Rachel M. Wilson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Don’t Touch is her first novel. Originally from Alabama, she now lives in Chicago, Illinois.

And now for the cover! What do you think?


Here are Rachel’s thoughts on the cover:

I’m so excited to share the cover for Don’t Touch. When it was time to talk covers, I had a better idea of what I didn’t want than what I did. I dreamed of a cover that would be visually arresting and provoke some emotion, which is like saying, “Make it good, please.” I hoped to avoid a photo of a girl looking pensive or giving a come-hither stare for no clear reason. Caddie puts all her energy into acting as if everything’s okay, and she’s afraid to touch people, so I couldn’t imagine her in unguarded reverie or putting on a sexy face for the camera. Instead, my editors and designers had something in mind that would highlight Caddie’s vulnerability as well as her conflict between wanting to be able to touch but fearing it. I love how this image captures that struggle. Caddie might be barely holding herself together—the tagline says it all—or she might be gathering her powers for the performance of her life.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Laurie Morrison

    February 13, 2014

    Beautiful cover! It definitely highlights this girl’s vulnerability and makes me want to know more about her. I’m excited for this book!

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    Rachel M. Wilson

    February 13, 2014

    Hafsah, thanks again for being part of the reveal! It’s been so much fun today.

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    Nancy Luebke

    February 13, 2014

    Love the cover, it says a lot. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    susan beamon

    February 13, 2014

    interesting cover. interesting idea for the book.

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    February 13, 2014

    I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    February 13, 2014

    I am really in love with this cover. A lot.

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    Allison Grace

    February 13, 2014

    What a beautiful cover & interesting story! A little jealous that their school does Shakespeare plays though! ;) this is so going on my TBR pile!

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    Hillary R.

    February 13, 2014

    I think the cover is gorgeous and definitely unique. I really do think that the cover sends out a vulnerable feel from it and after reading the summary it is so easy to recognize it on the cover. I like all sorts of covers, but I’ve definitely never seen one quite like this one. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway! :D

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    February 14, 2014

    Interesting cover. Can’t wait to read it.

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    Raquel Romero

    February 14, 2014

    This sounds REALLY interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    R Pratt

    February 14, 2014

    Beautiful cover!
    Really looking forward to reading this.

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    February 16, 2014

    “Don’t Touch or else I’ll break”.
    I like that. :)

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    February 16, 2014

    I love the cover!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    February 17, 2014

    For someone studying graphic design, I’m impressed by the cover! I really love it.

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    February 18, 2014

    Its a cool cover i hope i win the book cause it wontbe available in my country for a while !!!

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    February 22, 2016

    I reading the book and was wondering is it testable im a freshman and need 75,000 words to be a millionare and was wondering.