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CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH COLLEEN OAKLEY

July 5, 2017

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH COLLEEN OAKLEY

PUBLISHED BY ALLEN & UNWIN 6TH JULY 2017

PAGES 320

One time a boy kissed me and I almost died…And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a 28-year-old woman with a unique and debilitating medical condition – she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating, near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become reclusive in her adulthood, living the past nine years in the confines of the Victorian house her unaffectionate mother deeded to her when she ran off with a wealthy 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 – 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 no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son who believes he has untapped telekinetic powers, 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…

MY REVIEW

This book immediately snapped up my attention. Jubilee Jenkins can’t be touched. Jubilee wasn’t allergic to the most common things like peanut butter or bee stings or pet dander. Astonishingly she was allergic to other people.

She was diagnosed with type IV contact dermatitis to foreign human skin cells. One time a boy kissed Jubilee and she almost died. Her lips started tingling. Her tongue swelled to fill her mouth. And Jubilees throat closed and she couldn’t breathe. Everything went black. For Jubilee it was humiliating enough to pass out just after experiencing her first kiss. But it’s even more so when Jubilee found out that boy kissed her for a dare.

The story sucks you in to a point where you really feel sorry for Jubilee Jenkins as at school her desk has to be at least eight feet away from the other pupils in the class room. It must be upsetting for her not being able to mix in with other humans. I recommend Close Enough to Touch because it’s quite unlike anything that I have ever read. 

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