Book Review: Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley 2

 Close Enough to Touch

by Colleen Oakley


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From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart, perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.
Love has no boundaries…
Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.
Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.


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Favorite Quotes:


I didn’t wake up one morning and think: ‘I’m going to become a recluse.’ I don’t even like the word ‘recluse.’ It reminds me of that deadly spider just lying in wait to sink its venom into the next creature that crosses its path.


I hate when people self-diagnose. I watched my mom do it for years – she had everything from rabies (even though she’d never been bitten by an animal) to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease to syphilis (although, in retrospect, that diagnosis wouldn’t have been exactly surprising).


I don’t know why I’m so drawn to her. She’s beautiful, yes, but it’s more than that. There’s something different about her – how she’s guarded yet completely vulnerable at the same time. She’s like a Rubik’s Cube that I find myself eager to sort into a pattern that makes sense. Or maybe I’m eager to sort out why I keep thinking of her. I don’t know. I’ve never met anyone quite like her. And I was never good at Rubik’s Cubes.


Is there a proper way to grieve? Step-by-step instructions? I thought you just cried a bit and got on with it. My mind flashes to the day I came home from school as a kid and my gerbil Alvin was lying in his cage, unmoving. ‘Chin up,’ my mom said. ‘Life goes on.’ I just remember thinking: Not for Alvin.



My Review:


Close Enough To Touch provided a highly intriguing premise and the most vividly peculiar cast of characters (primary, secondary and tertiary) that I can ever recall. I was fascinated and reveled in the introduction of each and every one of them and the levity their cleverly described attributes, mannerisms, and nicknames provided.   Each quirky character was every kind of odd, but Jubilee and Aja were the most eccentric. Jubilee was emotionally stunted and immature, as well as medically challenged; and to my consternation, she was often a shrew towards the precious yet clueless Eric – whom I adored above all others. The storyline was intriguing, ingenious, entertaining and full of feels. Ms. Oakley’s writing was highly amusing, engaging, and loaded with ironic inner musings, keen insights, heart-squeezes, wry observations, and witty banter that kept me smirking and easily annoyed if interrupted. It was superb.

About Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie ClaireClose Enough to Touch is her second novel.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

  1. Reply Alisha Webster Mar 9,2017 5:04 am

    I’m glad you liked it! If you didn’t, I’m not sure what I would have had to do……..Her first book was a real tear jerker and is still a favorite of mine.

  2. Reply Angel Leafr M Tayup Mar 11,2017 4:38 am

    I have already heard of this book, but just in passing, your review has made me want to read it, especially since I have not read anything of the genre yet.

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