"Christy has a secret past - one that makes her question whether she will ever be worthy of being loved. We follow her as she progresses in her determination to lead her life differently. The lessons she learns along the way are universal lessons. She tackles big issues: prejudice, self-loathing but also shows us her compassionate, humanitarian side. And, of course, there is romance.
Structurally, this is a different kind of novel. It has the flavor of the traditional plot driven novel which Becky Due does quite well. But where she shines is in the parts that read like a spiritual/how-to guide. Any person who needs to take control of their lives, who needs tools for strength and self-confidence would do well to read this book, if only for the delightful scene between Christy and her therapist. Here, Becky Due takes off her novelist hat and puts on her therapist one as she instructs on the three ways to release unwanted baggage, four keys to happiness and two rules in finding the love of your life. Delightful, entertaining and inspiring reading."
"While reading Touchable Love first ten pages left me feeling for Christy. She is a woman who is lost in the world and will do anything to make herself "fit in" including sleep with men who only bring her down. She is at a point in her life where she feels like she can never get a head. The way Becky Due uses her words are beautifully crafted. She helps make Christy sound lost and confused, not like a hooch. This story about romance is very untraditional. This story inspires other women to keep on keeping on, and keep waiting for that one man to help pull you through this tough times. I love how the beginning relationship between Christy and Paul starts with her fearing catching something, to ending in a love Christy yearns for once his illness over takes him. He taught her so much. This book is so well written, to the point I felt like I was in the story myself."
"Touchable Love, An Untraditional Love Story written by Becky Due is the story of Christy, who is trying to discover some meaning in her life. Her journey begins as a promiscuous drinker who only cares about sex and alcohol and ends with a mature woman who knows where she is going. Along the way, we get to meet Paul, her employer/friend who suffers and eventually dies from AIDS, and Brian, his nurse and confidant. Paul and Brian teach Christy abut friendship and the true meaning of life and self-worth. Another great read from Becky Due!"
"Touchable Love, An Untraditional Love Story is a poignant tale about a woman's journey to find out the meaning and purpose of her life. Christy takes us along for the ride while she discovers the true meanings of both love and friendship. This story gives an insiders view of living with AIDS and the social stigma that comes along with it. Great story that is hard to put down once you start reading."
"I think this is the best book Becky Due wrote. While acknowledging that her other books touched on important questions and issues, this is the one that really spoke to me. My very favorite part was when Christy was cleaning her apartment and Ms. Due wrote, "She believed the clutter and chaos in her apartment represented the clutter and chaos in her life. The lack of care for her apartment matched the lack of care she had for herself." The story is fairly simple, Christy, a troubled young woman, comes to help Paul, who is dying of Aids and wishes to document his journey with photography to visually warn others away from the lifestyle he has led. Christy falls in love with him and is devastated when he dies. But really, it isn't Paul's illness that the book focuses on - it's Christy's. She is carrying around many many issues from her past and this book is really about her working through those issues until she reaches a point where she is "healthy" emotionally and mentally. I'd say that any teen girl would enjoy this book because the issues Christy struggles with are issues that every woman struggles with at some point in their lives."
"This is another great book by Becky Due. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book makes the reader open minded that love can develop in unexpected relationships. Christy is one of the first characters introduced in the story. Christy is unhappy with life and feel there is no meaning in her life. Also, Christy is a cutter and cuts herself to feel pain. Paul is an unexpected character that comes on and changes Christy's life. Paul teaches Christy how to love and feel. This is a captivating story and will leave the reader unable to put down the book."
"Becky Due scores again with "Touchable Love, An Untraditional Love Story" I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have already suggested it to a few of my friends. Christy is the main character, and the author does an amazing job developing this character. In the beginning, she is in a really low place, trying anything to find happiness and self-worth. She finds herself in a lifestyle void of anything meaningful. She decides to use her love of photography to try to find meaning. Here, we meet another character Due has done a great job developing, Paul, a man with regrets who is dying of AIDS. Christy and Paul develop a unique friendship and you'll enjoy reading how they help each other. Due creates novels with a romantic elements but that are much deeper than a regular romance novel. You will enjoy the thought process involved in this story as well as the story."
"Touchable love starts out with an introduction into the life of Christy, a young lady with many social and self-destruction issues. Christy uses her passion for photography to land a rather unusual job photographing the death process of Paul, a man dying from AIDS. Through the dying process of Paul, Christy gains a whole new perspective of life. Christy begins to feel an attraction to Brian, the nurse who is taking care of Paul during the last dying days of Paul's life.
Christy learns a lot about self-value and after the death of her boss and photo subject Paul, she takes what she has learned and used it to start a whole new way of living. Touchable Love is a very easy read with a lot of lessons along the way."
"Becky Due has written another terrific book, Touchable Love, An Untraditional Love Story. This the story of Christy who finds her life so empty of love and meaning that she resorts to cutting her own skin to feel some spark of life. She runs away to Florida to take a job documenting the life of a famous photographer who is dying of AIDS. As she sees how he is dealing with his life and death, she learns to care for him. By his reciprocating her caring, he teaches her to value herself and a real love relationship. Christy also develops an intense friendship for the photographer's nurse. Together these three people create strong bonds of friendship and love.
After the photographer dies, Christy realizes that his love and death has taught her to value herself and the love she can create with others. He has given her the gift of being able to feel and share real love."
"Touchable Love, An Untraditional Love Story is another wonderful book by Becky Due. This is the story of Christy a beautiful girl who sees no beauty in herself or her life. Fleeing a life filled with meaningless sex, no true friends, and self-destruction, she takes a job as a photographer. Her subject is a man, Paul, who is dying of AIDS. He wants to document his life as a way to warn other people about dangerous behavior and to atone for his fear that he gave his dead lover AIDS. Christy and Paul grow to be loving friends, each showing the value that they find in each other. Christy also meets and begins to care for Brian, the nurse assigned to take care of Paul. As these two men show Christy how they value her, she learns to value herself. After Paul's death Christy starts a new life as she reaches out to find meaningful relationships with others and with herself. Touchable Love is a journey to self-discovery and self-love that can be a guide and inspiration for all women."