Published by Self Pub on June 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
This book will leave any reader – from the most pessimistic to the one that over-analyzes everything – warm and fuzzy and feeling all the feels inside. Puddle Jumping explores a lovely romance that grows from friendship to more, all the while giving us glimpses of characters that also grow along the way. Seriously, I cannot highlight how deeply the romance affected me and the simplicity yet depth of it. It is truly one that I will not forget anytime soon.
In the midst of all the alpha-males, sports jocks, popular yet misunderstood boys, and dominant heroes that reign in the literary world, Colton is a truly unique character that stands out from any of those categories. Not only because he’s so sweet, and pure, and compassionate, but also because he has Asperger’s. Having experience with austistic kids in school when I used to help them out in classes, I can understand how having a relationship with one could be a challenge. But despite it all, Lilly and Colton battle through it and create a relationship that just touches on one’s soul.
“Love, for those lucky enough to experience it, is extraordinary”
Most people with any form of autism throughout the spectrum usually excel at a specific focus, be it mathematics or a sport or in Colton’s case, art. His passion about it just rocked this book’s pages. It is told in a first-person perspective from Lilly, who was a great narrator. Although her thoughts consisted of doubts sometimes, it also highlights the varying emotions we express in our adolescence: friendship, disappointment, epiphany, empathy, and tenderness.
There are some challenges that this young couple have to overcome, and I think that the author did a good job in handling them. Although it’s exhilirating to focus on teen drama and the cheating and lying and backstabbing that sometimes comes with it, Lilly, Colton and the people around them react with less dramatic actions that have as much of an impact than an angst-ridden one.
The book, while short, is littered with beautiful quotes that you can’t help but mark or highlight. There’s so many refreshing details about Lilly and Colton’s relationship, as well as great remarks about love in general that will just make your heart sigh in satisfaction.
“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.”
A sensitive and delightful romance that will keep you grinning the whole time while reading, Puddle Jumping is truly a gem out of the contemporaries out there. These unique characters will find a way into your heart and not let go. Read this for a love story that will leave you warm and fuzzy inside, in all the best ways.
Rating: 5 out of 5