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.
I was given an arc from Simon and Schuster for an honest review.
Can you be in love with someone without a single touch? Can you be happy without being able to physically get close to a person? Close Enough to Touch written by Colleen Oakley, was my first read from her. I must say, her writing got me sucked into her story so quickly. It was driven and addictive, falling for the characters were so easy, and the theme was brilliant. Imagine that you are allergic to humans? You read it right, you can’t physically have contact with them. What if you fall in love with someone and never could touch each other?
Jubilee struggled all her life with this rare condition that forbids her from ever encountering another human being. She had one kiss in her life that nearly killed her. She’s terrified of accepting the fact that she will never be able to have that very simple ability of human connection. I could only imagine how somehow can operate without touching someone else. Jubilee can’t be expose to skin-on-skin contact. Growing up, she was always the outcast—the bubble kid to be exact. Nine years later, she has come to the dilemma of finding a job and adjusting a life with this disease. She takes a job at a library, when she meets Eric. An extremely attractive divorce father of two. He’s new in town and is having a struggle to give himself a routine while with his kids. One of his children were adopted because of a tragedy that occurred with his best friend. So not only does he have to be a father (a good one that he is) for the two, but he must come to terms with the loss of a beloved friend.
These two people, even though they’re dealing with their own problems, connected in a way that was so stunning. It gave me shivers when I read the story of their love. In fact, I had adored how it wasn’t instant-love, but a very settling connection that draws them in some cosmic way to be together. It’s a perfect representation filled with heartbreak and thrills, linking and vanished, but about all an undoubtable flame that flickered in their hearts.
Colleen Oakley took a concept that can be so hard to succeed but she practically made it out to be the perfect story. This was my most anticipated reads for 2017 and I was so thrill after reading it. I was worried because I had doubts because of the talk of how good it was, but truly it hit every emotional in my heart. My heart burst from ever seam from all the emotions I had read in this truly remarkable story.