Review: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

21825607Blurb from Goodreads

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.

Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published June 29th 2014 by Self Pub (first published June 24th 2014)
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I haven’t read much story with characters whose have Asperger’s. The only one that teaches me much about it was Reclaiming The Sand by A. Meredith Walters. It was a beautiful heartbreaking story. So I can’t help not to compare it with this book, moreover both of them are YA books.

Although they are about Asperger’s, they are quite different in so many ways. I think in a tone, Puddle Jumping is sweeter and less brutal, if it’s possible, than Reclaiming the Sand. But it didn’t mean that I didn’t feel all the feelings I had when I read Reclaiming the Sand. It was there all over the book and to be honest, I learn something new and different here about Asperger’s as I learn from Reclaiming the Sand.

Unlike in Reclaiming the Sand, there is barely about bullying in this book. It’s focus on to show that Colton, seventeen years old boy who has Asperger’s isn’t much different than any other teenagers around the world and his relationship with people around them.

Aside the story, I fall in love with the main characters, Lilly and Colton.

I loved that Colton is eager to try as many things as his therapist suggests. He doesn’t afraid to try and in a way doesn’t care what his friends think about him. He embraces what happens to him and doesn’t let it avoid him to pursue his happiness.

I also loved how Lilly, the MC, is so persistent showing me that Colton in a way is as normal as his friends. It made me think that yes, he is indeed like any teenager boy who has a crush and fall in love. But I have a hard time to believe and love her as a character. At first I didn’t quite like her. She sounded so clingy and it was kinda hard for me to believe that she’s in love with him since she was young. And then, she does most of things based on him. It’s like she doesn’t have any idea what her future will be except to be with him. I just don’t quite like the idea that she’s ‘sacrifice’ herself willingly to be constantly with him.

It leads to the ending of the story. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it either. As much as it’s a sweet happy ending and surely an ending that Lilly wants, I have different opinion about it. But then, I understand her, for all her reasons she told me throughout the story.

I just wish the story is longer than what already is. It feels I couldn’t let them go only after I started reading it 4 hours ago, at the office between my works.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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