Audiobook Review – Close Enough to Touch

Posted May 1, 2017 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – Close Enough to TouchClose Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
Narrator: Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne, Jonathan Todd Ross
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 7, 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours and 38 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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.


4.5 Stars for Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to Touch is my first Colleen Oakley book and it won’t be my last. I fell in love with Jubilee!

Jubilee Jenkins has a rare allergy to other humans. Physical contact with other people can cause a deadly reaction and after a near-death experience Jubilee locks herself away from the public. For nine years she remained at home alone but with the internet she earned a degree and handled most mundane activities, like grocery shopping, without leaving her home. But when her mother passes away, thus cutting off her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave the safety of her home to find a job. In the real world Jubilee meets a lovable cast of characters. Eric Keegan is recently divorced and struggling to have a relationship with his teenage daughter and his adopted son Aja. As Jubilee spends time with Eric and Aja it becomes clear that we all suffer from different degrees of isolation. Jubilee has separated herself from everyone because of her condition, but Eric and Aja have suffered a devastating lost and are struggling to heal. I loved how Jubilee’s awkwardness made her an honest character and gave her keen perspective on life. The people she grew to know helped her overcome fears and lack of self-confidence. But she made an impact on their lives as well.

When I first came across this book I was expecting a somber story of a girl struggling to live with a rare condition. It was a pleasant surprise to read a heart-warming story which had me laughing and crying. My only dislike was the ending which I felt was rushed. Despite this I did love Close Enough to Touch and I look forward to reading more from this author.

5 Star Audiobook Review

Close Enough to Touch had 3 narrators: Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne and Jonathan Todd Ross. I thought they all did an amazing performance and brought the story to life. I especially loved Candace Thaxton performance. She portrayed the quirkiness of Jubilee which was perfect and made me fall in love with the main character. This was my first audiobook with these narrators and I look forward to listening to more audiobooks with them.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: four-half-stars

About Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley’s debut novel BEFORE I GO was a People Magazine Best New Book Pick in January 2015, an Us Weekly “Must” Pick, a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book, a January 2015 Indie Next List Pick and deemed “an impressive feat…an immensely entertaining, moving, and believable read” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Formerly the senior editor of Marie Claire and editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness, Colleen’s 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. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, four kids and the world's biggest lapdog, Bailey. Her second novel CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2017.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2017 New Release Challenge


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2 responses to “Audiobook Review – Close Enough to Touch

  1. This sounds absolutely amazing — I’m glad to hear that it is actually heartwarming and touching rather than a sad story about a lonely girl. Definitely going to have to check this book out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathy

      Thanks Alyssa! I hope you have a chance to read this book and enjoy it =)