BOOK OF THE MONTH (NOVEMBER ’14): Puddle Jumping by Amber Johnson

Introducing a new category on the blog: Book of the Month! Book of the Month is just as what the title suggests, monthly book recommendations that will be featured on the blog for a whole month. And now that November is just starting, what better way to welcome it by suggesting a read that will surely uplift the spirits.

Puddle Jumping

Author: Amber L. Johnson

Genre: Young Adult

johnson amber puddle jumping“Love is bending. Love is breaking. Love is constantly learning about the other person until you go crazy because it will never be perfect, but there’s no fault in trying.”

BACK COVER BLURB:

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.

MY REVIEW:

5 of 5 stars for Amber Johnson’s Puddle Jumping

★★★★★

I have always had a soft spot for people with ‘special condition’ so this book appealed to me in massive proportions. It left me hopeful that even unconventional circumstances, and people for that matter, can have a sense of normalcy.

I love Colton. He is one sweet boy, so honest, so refreshing. I love Lilly even more. She is your typical teenager driven mostly by her emotions but what sets her apart from others is her big heart. When she loves, she loves powerfully and unconditionally. She not only accepts the unloveable side of others but she embraces it whole, loves it even.

When Lilly and Colton were young, they always invited trouble—at least Lilly did. She was always in between life and death situations and Colton saved her life twice. But I also like to think Lilly saved Colton. She made him normal, she helped him acclimate, she gave him love he deserved.

Lilly and Colton’s story is just beginning. They don’t know how it will turn out but it’s okay because they live in their everyday happy endings.

Cheers to all the people who have it just like the Neelys, a lot unusual, a little normal. This book is for you all who battle it out everyday for that tiny hope of acceptance and normalcy. Happy endings do exist!

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