Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Puddle Jumping
by
Amber L. Johnson

Page Count: 126
Stand Alone.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.48

Synopsis: 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... has so much hype it's not funny. I mean seriously!  I had to scroll down 21 Perfect 5 star reviews before even getting to a 4 star one o.O And that's really weird, because there's always at least one disappointed review stuck in there between hyped reviews. And there are literally DOUBLE 5 star ratings than 4 stars. Anyways, I'm afraid this will also be one of those positive reviews ;)

Now the story is preeetty straightforward. Colton has Aspergers, which is a form of autism. Lilly is an adventurous accident prone girl. Them together? You'll see ;)

They started as childhood friends (Lilly had to babysit Colton, even though he was only a year younger), so it's not instalove at all, which I loved. :D After a nearly 10 year gap of not seeing each other, Colton suddenly appears at Lilly's school as a art prodigy. He was always good at art, and he was always colouring at the sittings. And Lilly, even young as she was then, was a funky spunky girly who couldn't sit still.

So of course poor down to earth baby Colton had to watch and run for help while she got struck by lightning after deciding to play on the metal slide in a thunderstorm in one babysit session, cut gum out of her hair for her, watch her get a concussion after sliding down the stairs on a mattress because well… “I decided to show him exactly how much fun it could be. I got onto the mattress backward, staring him in the face as I pushed off the top stair and started to head backward down the stairwell. Except… the mattress didn’t come with me. Not at first anyway.” At this point I was really just facepalming and trying not to laugh, even though it wasn’t a relatively funny scene XD But in my defence, I started at 2am and finished at 3! so ha. I was bound to be a bit delusional.

Lilly is still like that now, but a little less.
Colton's mum: "Lilly Evans." The way she said my name made my nose scrunch. I said hello and she laughed, her head thrown back and reddish hair bouncing. 
   "I didn't think you'd make it to sixteen... much less your senior year."
Touché, Mrs. Neely. One point for you.

Colton. Ughh he's so sweett!
"She's paint by number; you're a watercolour."
"You're my beautiful Lilly. The one who makes everything right in the world."

So Colton and Lilly, yeah? They’re just so..perfect ermahgosh! Lilly helps how to fit more comfortably into social society, and in turn, Colton shows Lilly what love really is.

"I dream of you. And I don't like it when I can't talk to you or see you or touch you."
His eyes found mine again. "That's love."

I don’t want to tell you anymore because then where’s the fun in that? But it really is sweet. They’re not bound to be (Opps. But you get the meaning) perfect, because well as mentioned, the Aspergers and everything, but Lilly is so caring, she doesn’t care what people think about anything, and she wasn’t really a boy crazed girl either, unlike her friend *cough*. I think she earns a place in my list of most likeable relatable heroines, don't you? :D

Boys were fun, but they were more fun to hang out with.
That's like...totally me. :P

Amber L. Johnson really is a very talented writer  to put all that emotion and love and character development into just 126 pages. Even 500 paged books don't always succeed at that. I really loved itt!

The plot in general was predictable though. For me, it was like rewatching a movie you watched a looooong time ago, because you know what will happen but don't remember the details. (*facepalm* Terrible simile, Caz XD)

In short, it was a veerry short but beautifully magical hilarious predictable read that I read in one sitting in the middle of the night. I would definitely recommend it, and if you didn't like it, no harm done because it's only 126 pages longg! *shoos* Go go.

He grabbed by hand and started to run, jumping over puddles as we raced back to his house. 
I love that memory.
Maybe the most.

—MissOddball™ Over and Out. *salutes*