Author: Amber L. Johnson
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: June 29, 2014
Genres: Mature YA, New Adult Romance
Page Count: 127
When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.
Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.
Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.
Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.
When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.
Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.
“Love, for those lucky enough to experience it, is extraordinary.”
Puddle jumping is hands down one of the most beautiful novels that I’ve ever read. It pulled at my heart. It has the perfect amount of humor, emotion, and love. It was a romance that went beyond individual differences. It was love based on true friendship and understanding.
Lilly and Colton first meet as kids. She was 10 and he was 9. Lily has always been vibrant, daring, and full of life. She was always up to mischief and Colton saved her more
than once. Even though their friendship was brief, the sweet, caring Colton left a lasting impression on her.
“I don’t believe there’s such a thing as conventional love. Love is bending. Love is breaking. Love is constantly learning about the other person until you go crazy because it will never be perfect, but there’s no fault in trying.”
Years later Colton renters her life when they are high school seniors. Colton sparks something in her and she’s determined to be his friend. Most people say Colton is different because he has Asperger’s, but she doesn’t care what people have to say about her friendship with Colton. She just wanted to be with him in any capacity.
“He trusted me implicitly to be his friend, and I was doing my best. But I was falling for him, and falling for him fast.”
These characters were so easy to love. Lilly was this confident, sweet, and head strong individual. I admired her inner strength. She marched to the beat of her own drum and she loved with this beautiful grace. She went out of her way to learn how to communicate with Colton and she never treated him as if he were different. The more time she spent with him the more she grew to love him.
“He’s not special. He’s extraordinary. To me. And I feel like I am, too, when I’m with him.”
Colton was amazing and so easy to fall for. Yes he was “different” because of his Asperger’s but that didn’t define him. He was an amazingly, talented artist and he was sweet and caring in the only way he knew how.
This story was short but nothing less than amazing. Their love story was not easy but it was beautiful. There was so much emotion and heart in this book and the author wrote it with such understanding and love. It’s rare to find characters that are not only easily relatable but lovable. Fantastic story and I highly recommend it.