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.
There are times when I feel like I don’t choose a book to read, a book finds me, and then I read it. I’ve been a big fan of Amber’s work for years, so when I saw that she published Puddle Jumping, I purchased it immediately.
While this isn’t the conventional love story that we usually review, I still can’t say enough about this book. Like the characters that are portrayed, the story is special. It is definitely YA, so it is written in that vein, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel the chemistry, heat or emotion any less than a more adult book.
Lily Evans is writing this story, and it’s her telling of how she fell in love with Colton Neely. They met when they were 9 years old as playmates. Then they aren’t in each other’s lives for awhile, but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t think about Colton or wonder what happened to him.
I thought maybe I’d never see Colton again, and therefore, didn’t need to spoil any of my precious memories of him.
I was a moron who feared knowing the truth would make things different in a negative way instead of positive. That it would be more than I could handle. But something I forgot about myself is that I’m pretty stubborn and loyal. Tenacious to a fault, in fact.
Later on, I figured out very quickly I’d do anything for him. Anything.
I know it to be a fact, because as soon as I’d nearly forced myself to forget about him, Colton Neely stepped through the doors of my high school on the first day of my senior year.
With a locker just a foot away from mine.
And he was even more beautiful in real life than he’d been in the faded picture I’d kept of him in the back of my mind.
Colton Neely is not just special. He’s better. He is this amazing artist that just expressing himself differently than the norm, that we would expect. Amber writes this character with a gentleness and respect that I just adore her. I also adore Colton.
He cares about art and making friends. He works in a space within his mind that allows him to do what he wants to, without feeling like he’s wrong for it. There are no rules as far as his passion is concerned. And I envy him.
Lily is a true heroine, because she does everything she can to be there for Colton and love him for the both of them. She almost loses herself sometimes. Colton’s mom is the other woman in this story that I admire. Not because she is perfect, but because she admits that she doesn’t have all of the answers. She just wants what is best for Colton, and that’s Lily.
Life is meant to be lived, and if you’re offered the chance to experience exceptional things with an extraordinary person, then there isn’t one reason in the world to say no.
And I didn’t. I said yes because our love is no different than anyone else’s. It’s ours and that’s all that matters.
It’s a true story of a girl falling for a boy. Nothing more. Nothing less. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you are having a bad week and want a book that will help change your perspective to a more positive one, then that is what this book did for me. It was what I needed to read, and I am so glad that it found me.
Also, that cover is beautiful and unbelievably perfect. Kudos to Amber for choosing/finding it!!
I give this book 5 positive stars and put it on my “top shelf-fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads.
Has anyone read an unconventional love story lately that you think is worth reading? Share it with me in the comments.