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.
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by Amber L. Johnson
Puddle Jumping #1
June 29, 2014
Aspergers. Yes, this book has a main character that has this as a diagnosis. Is the book about Aspergers? Yes and No, but I would rather say no. It plays a big part in a couple’s story, but this is not a disease of the week book. I spent yesterday afternoon with this book and enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a really quick read and highly worth the time.
Lilly is a typical teenage girl. Well, if typical means you survived being killed a couple of times as a child. Her savior back then was Colton, a strange little boy that she is tasked with watching over, even though she’s only one year older. His mom makes the decision that Colton needs to stay away from Lilly due to her accident proneness. She doesn’t see him again for several years. By then, he is a local art celebrity, and a highly gifted artist. He begins attending school at Lilly’s school. It’s both of their senior years, and his first year not being home schooled. He has a hard way to go, being in a new school, only knowing Lilly from when he was little, and not being able to socialize well due to his illness. His illness that puts him on the high functioning spectrum of autism. None of that matters to Lilly. She only knows that the hole in her life has now been filled with Colton, and the two become inseparable.
Lilly was one of the best teenage heroines I have ever encountered in a contemporary book. She is amazingly strong in her being able to deal with all the stigma attached to her boyfriend. She just doesn’t care that people are talking about her. Now him, she will defend to the death. She loves completely even though love is a fairly unreal concept to Colton, at least initially. It was interesting to see how these two young adults maneuver first love and everything that comes with it, all the while dealing with his poor socializing skills. Being with Lilly helps him to grow immensely, and the reader watches them both grow as people. Colton was a delight, but many times, you feel for Lilly as she has to go through some bad times due to Colton’s not understanding other people’s feelings-her’s mainly.
This book was a wonderful read for me. It delivers all the feels and brought me close to tears at one point. I am a rare book crier so that says a lot about this read for me. I loved Lilly and Colton and rooted for them throughout the book. I would highly recommend this read to anybody that reads, ages 16+. I couldn’t just say romance readers because I think it’s just a good story for all.
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
About Amber L. Johnson
Amber lives in Texas with her amazingly talented husband and incredibly gifted son. Most known for her novella Puddle Jumping (a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best YA) she is constantly trying her hand at new genres and ideas to force herself to think outside the box.
She is inspired by music, her family, a close group of friends, and real life. Mostly in that order.