Review: Puddle Jumping

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book last year. Almost all of my friends were reading it and praising it. This book is only available in Kindle so I was hesitant at first. I gave in and decided to buy thinking I would like it. I am happy to say that I did in fact enjoy it!

The book begins with flashbacks to Lilly and Colton’s life. At age 10 Lilly was paid to take care of Colton. While she didn’t exactly want to do it she was happy to be getting paid. Colton at 9 years old was amazing at art. Although Lily never liked the way he colored his pictures. Lily is a bit of a klutz and very adventurous. One day Lily decides to climb the swing. Colton tries to warn her against it because there was a storm and there might be lightening. Lily climbs anyways. Soon Lily and Colton see lightening and Colton runs home screaming. Leaving Lily on the swing. The lightening hits the swing.

She wakes up in the hospital. Apparently when Colton ran home he called his mother and told her what happened to Lily. Colton visits Lily and gives her a picture he drew. She is surprised that the kid she told how to color was an artist. Over the next few weeks Lily continues to babysit Colton and gets herself hurt every time. Colton’s mother then calls of the babysitting. Probably in fear for her Colton and Lily’s safety.

The next time Lily sees Colton is at a fair with her best friend Harper. She’s 15 years old. While at the fair she sees an art booth that features some of Colton’s work. She walks over and observes the paintings and sees him. They talk quickly then Colton leaves. At the end of the conversation Lily is left wondering whether Colton likes her.

She goes to find Harper, whose flirting with a guy. The guy informs Lily that Colton is ‘special’. Lily says that of course because he’s amazing at art. Frustrated he brings over a pamphlet that says Colton has Autism. Lily goes into shock. For the next few years Lily refuses to acknowledge that Colton has Autism. She thinks that if she researches Autism that she’ll view him differently. She is still in shock because she never imagined that Colton was different from her.

When her senior year begins (she’s 17) she’s gone through a lot of changes and is willing to acknowledge Colton’s diagnosis. Much to her surprise she sees that Colton is now attending her high school. He was home schooled for years. She befriends him again and makes is her mission to help him in any way she can.

This was a really sweet book! I liked how that while this is a romance there was some education to it. Specifically with Colton and his diagnosis. It was sweet how understanding Lily was as well as patient. I liked how Colton’s parents were involved in the story.

The romance was sweet. I liked how Colton and Lily have loved each other since they were children. In a sense this was a very different love story. It was inspiring and lovely. You’ll just have take my word for it.

Two things that I loved that was pointed out was that while Colton had a diagnosis he was still a teenage boy with goals in life. Another was how Lily explained that when people met Colton (the one’s who don’t know about his diagnosis) they thought that he was rude. Versus the people who knew and they said that he was nice and wonderful. This is so realistic! I have always found it weird that once people find out that someone has a diagnosis they’re really nice to you versus if they don’t know they really dislike you.

I also thought that it was realistic how Lily reacted to Colton’s diagnosis. It was like her world was upside down. And she didn’t know how to handle it. When she came to terms with it she was patient and very understanding. Which Colton also acknowledged.

Lily was a good character! There aren’t a lot of people in the world how would be patient the way she was with Colton. Even when she was a bit insecure with their relationship. And would sometimes find it exhausting to be patient with him. She still was. I loved Colton! I never doubted for a minute that he had feelings for her.

My only criticism for this is the writing style. It was written in way that Lily talked to you throughout the whole book. I also felt that the author tried to hard to write in a teenagers perspective. This is a really short book (127 pages) so I think that played a part as well. I think I would’ve loved it had it been longer. Not that I didn’t enjoy it.

Overall this was a good book! I recommend this to everyone because this is an important read and anyone can find something they like about it.

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