My Favorite Quotes From… Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley


Originally published on March 17, 2017

The right thing. It’s like a slippery salmon I’ve been trying to catch from a stream with my bare hands for my entire life.”

“I like hearing her laugh and knowing that I caused it.”

“It’s a strange feeling, to be seen but invisible at the same time.”

“It’s like a dance and I don’t know the steps.”

“The light in his eyes dims a bit and it’s like they’re attached to a string on my heart. And it’s being tugged.”

“But of course I know that relationships don’t dissolve over one event, one fight. It’s a thousand blows delivered over time– uppercuts, jabs, crosses– some you barely even feel. And then before you know it, you’re on the ground seeing stars and wondering what the hell happened.”

Isn’t childhood the time to be idealistic? The time to dream? She’ll have plenty of time to be a cynic when she grows up.”

“And I wonder if this is what people mean when they say they’re falling for somebody. That it feels like your stomach is actually falling out of your body.”

How can a kid believe in love when her own parents ran out of it?”

“Part of me wants to know what she’s thinking, but part of me is terrified to hear the truth.”

They’re beautiful. Her lips. And I wonder at the thought that she gets to see them every day, every time she looks in a mirror, a car window reflection. How does she tear her eyes away?”

“I wonder if maybe mothers are always irritating, no matter how old you are. And maybe you love them anyway.”

“She knows that just being near her steals my breath, that I dream of my hands in her hair, that touching her skin with my bare hand– even just the crease of her elbow– would be the definition of joy.”

“I look over at her, the light barely kissing her cheek. I’m jealous of the moon.”

“Mr. Walcott used to say: ‘Look for the pattern.’ Of course, he was talking about solving math problems, but it’s a strategy that works for life, too. The pattern is: everyone leaves.”

“You’re more beautiful than anyone has a right to be.”

“But what does fair have to do with anything? The world is unfair. Merciless and punishing. And looking at the pain in his eyes, I realize that’s something he already knows.”

“But then, I wonder if maybe every love is different, unique, like the grains of the wood planks in the floor we were standing on– all the more beautiful for their distinctions.”

“I know that if I’ve learned anything, it’s that love is messy. It doesn’t come to us in a perfect box all wrapped up in a bow. It’s more like a gift from a child, crayon-scrawled and crumpled. Imperfect. But always a gift just the same. It’s just that not all gifts are meant to last forever.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can you miss something you never had?

Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and into her future.

Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, 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. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful—albeit eccentric—woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.

Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit

XO, Hunida

11 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes From… Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

    1. It was a really interesting book! Hope you like it. 😀 I thought the cover was so pretty, too! There was a different cover that Goodreads used but I didn’t like it as much.

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  1. Sounds kind of like a cute story. And I wonder if that’s real, can people really have an allergy from skin to skin contact? 🤔🤔 because in the past I used to be like “that can’t be real” but it was lol.

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