Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley #XOXperts


From the author of Before I Go comes an unconventional love story perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.

One time a boy kissed me and I almost died… 

And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition…

Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart. 


Jubilee has a rare allergy to people. She cannot be touched. She will literally die! She has not left the house in 9 years. She can order everything she needs from the internet, so why leave. Then, her mother dies and her money stops. She has to leave to get a job. 

When I first received this novel in the mail I was sure it would not be as good as I wanted it to be. Not enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. I totally fell in love with Jubilee. She is one of the greatest characters ever. She is flawed, introverted, and totally loves books. Plus, she gets my dream job in a library!! 

Jubilee and Eric have a very interesting relationship.  Add Aja, Eric’s adopted son, into the mix and and life turns upside down for all envolved. Aja is another character which I adored. He is a strange young boy into telekinesis.  This gets him into massive amounts of trouble. When Jubilee almost died trying to save him….aaaahhh…you will have to read the book!!

The book references in this tale have me scrambling. Now I am going to have to read The Virgin Suicides and Dolores Claiborne.  Can’t believe I have not read these anyway. 

I could go on and on about the many great qualities of this book, the family and friend issues, the issues of living life with this type of allergy. However, I will just say…For any booklover…this is a fantabulous read. 

I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as part of XOXPERTS



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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley #XOXperts

  1. macjam47 says:

    Interesting premise. I am going to wait until the price comes down. The pre-order price for Kindle is $12.99 – a bit steep.

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