Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

puddlejumpingFrom 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.


This is the best contemporary YA romance I have read in a long while and I don’t make statements like that very often.

It’s a beautiful and engaging story about loving someone in the purest form possible and it was incredibly inspiring.  Aaaaaand I read it in one day. Yes. ONE. DAY. *shrugs*

“It begins with a boy and it ends with a boy, but what story doesn’t?”

The writing alone is fantastic.  Puddle Jumping is written in such a way that I felt as though I was reading Lilly’s diary or as if she were in my kitchen and telling me about her relationship with Colton over a cup of coffee.  It felt personal, intimate and genuine.

Contemporary  YA romance can sometimes feel forced and not always real but this book is how these stories should be written.  It’s an honest look at what we perceive to be traditional or a conventional kind of love and it was refreshing.

“It really is a shame more movies aren’t like real life. Maybe then we wouldn’t have such high expectations and feel let down by our own existence so much.”

Lilly Grace is a fabulous heroine because she loves Colton for who he is despite all the challenges and that was the best part of this story.  It’s hopeful.  And Colton, he’s just wonderful.  There’s an innocence about Colton that it’s easy to see why Lilly fell fast and hard for him.  I know I did. *wink*

“This emptiness inside of me here,” he placed my hand on his chest, “means I love you. When you’re not here, I can’t focus. It’s too loud . . . But my heartbeat does this when you’re close.”

It’s not a very long book at all, roughly 100+ pages or so but HO BOY does it pack a little punch and I just couldn’t get enough.  Add it to you TBR and you can thank me later. ;)







  1. says

    Adding it to my TBR and thanking you now! :D I’m always up for a good contemporary romance. Speaking of, have you read Sea of Tranquility yet? If you haven’t, QUICK WOMAN! Procure the book and read it!! It is so good. It even won an ALA (American Library Association) award and it was self published to start out with. (Later bought by publishers.)
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    • Cristina says

      Ellen…TSoT is seriously one of my favorite books!!! :) I even have a sign copy of the self published version. Personally, I like that cover better!!! So well written and I keep wondering when that author will write something new! And that’s another book we have in common! ♥

    • Cristina says

      I actually didn’t even know it was that short and I’m normally not a fan of short stories but it worked. It just felt different and very honest. And the reason it felt that way is because the author is speaking from experience. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! ;)

  2. says

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a good contempory YA book as well. It was a little too the same for the last ones so I didn’t check for more but I should for this one it sounds very well done! thanks for the great review!

    • Cristina says

      Lisa…normally I read some contemporary but I read more fantasy than anything else. But this book just grips the reader from the very beginning. If you are in between reads or just need something different…this is it! Trust me! ;)

  3. says

    I’m glad to see that a Contemporary Romance still can pack a lot of punch despite being so many books of it out there these past few years. I rarely read about it anymore because they all start to look the same to me :( But sometimes, a 100 pages novella about it can just serve the trick, you know? No dragging drama, just genuine love between two people with a few bumps along the way, but hey, we carry bandages for that sort of thing ^_^ Thanks for the review, Cristina!
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    • Cristina says

      You are most welcome Faye! ♥

      It’s simple, to the point with a lot of heart and that’s what I loved about it. While I do read some contemporary it’s not always my go-to genre/sub-genre…so when I find something that surprises me in a good way it just makes my day! ;)

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