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.