Monday, September 1, 2014

{REVIEW} Puddle Jumping by Amber Johnson

Title: Puddle Jumping 
Author: Amber L. Johnson
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Romance, Contemporary 
Publication: July 1st, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆ +0.5

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.
"When you love someone, their differences fall away."

I don’t want to give too much away, so I keep my review “short” but let me just tell you: It’s an amazing read and I absolutely loved it! I even finished it in one sitting!

The characters are gorgeous, realistic and very likeable. Especially Lilly was admirable. She’s such a strong girl with an amazing personality and I really loved her. I don’t think I would have reacted the way she has at some points but that just proves how much she loved Colton - because whatever happened, she was always by his side. Always there for him. And to be honest, I felt a little bad for her … it was always about him and that he feels comfortable and good. But what about Lilly? She never once thought about herself and yet she refered to her as being selfish.

"She’s paint by number; you’re a watercolor."

Colton has always been “different” and when Lilly came into his life when they were kids everything changed. He never forgot her. Not even when they stopped seeing each other and Lilly already “forgot” about him. But that shouldn’t be the end of their story - they found each other again and became closer than they ever were. Lilly helped Colton wherever she could and "makes everything right in his world."

He was very frustrating at times although that’s just him and how he is but it was so good to see his development when he was with Lilly! I liked him a lot and he made me teary at some points and really, really happy at others. *sigh*

"Words he’s been branded with could never describe him. He’s not special. He’s extraordinary. To me. And I feel like I am, too, when I’m with him."

In general I couldn’t stop making weird noises while I read the book! It’s funny and sweet but also sad and serious and everything seemed so real. Amber Johnson did a very good job, I think! It’s definitely worth a read, trust me! ♥

"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."

★★★★☆ +0.5

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