Thursday, July 31, 2014

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson Book Review

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: June 29, 2014
Source: Bought
eBook, 121 pages
Self Published

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.

Puddle Jumping is exactly why I read. I crave this sort of realistic read. I'm looking for the books where relationships are perfectly realistic and utterly romantic without all the fluff and glitter. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes like those too, but I connect more deeply with the stories that deal with the more realistic side of relationships, where the boy isn't necessarily perfect in outward appearance but inside, where it truly matters. Where the girl can just love the boy irregardless of who he is, or what is he and that's okay. 

What can I say about Puddle Jumping? It's beautiful, and it left me with this knot in my throat, and my heart confused. My heart was cracking and bursting. I just adored this novel. It was so awkward, and intriguing all at once. The writing was clever and straight to the point. It was effortless. There were never any overused words, or cliches. It was a love story through and through but it was done right. 

The characters are uniquely different and I loved the short amount of time I got to spend with them because this is a short one, just a little over a hundred pages. Johnson was able to capture me in that short amount of time and I think that says a lot about her writing. 

 I want to say so many things, and I want to go on and on about why I enjoyed it so much, but I don't think my words alone will do it justice. I just suggest you read it, experience it, and then thank me because you will. 

 I thank Sandee, from A Whimsical Reader blog, because without her I wouldn't have known about this book. So, thanks! It was worth every penny, and every minute. 


  1. Oooh this sounds awesome! I'm looking forward to reading it :)

  2. I can't believe haven't heard of this one until now! It sounds absolutely fantastic and your review made me fall slightly in love with it! Also, that cover is wonderful! Definitely adding this book to my TBR!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

    1. I hope you read and enjoy it. I loved how unconventional the characters were!

  3. This one is on my tbr list, might have to move it up a bit! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. this sounds like a contemporary romance I'd read. I like realistic romance and how lovely you just talked about it makes me want to read it as well~

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  5. I hadn't heard of this one, but to evoke so much emotion, it must be good! It's so short, though, I'm a bit wary, it seems like that wouldn't be enough time to connect with the characters. I'll have to add it to my TBR though and check it out…great review! ~Pam

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    1. Oh Jazmen! :) I'm so happy you liked this!! So absolutely happy. Colton was a sweetheart wasn't he?