HAPPY RELEASE DAY!
by Amber L. Johnson
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 cannot express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to create and she must figure out if the relationship can last without her being by his side.
Kathie's Review: I was blessed to be an editor for Puddle Jumping. Have to confess that I had to keep going back and rereading because I'd forget that I was EDITING...and would just READ. That's the sign of a good book, at least in my opinion!
Colton is an artist. He's one of those genius artists that start young, and improve even more over time. When he talks about art, adults listen. When people of all ages look at his work, they are enthralled. Lilly remembers when she tried to teach him to color in the lines. She didn't understand then, but she's starting to understand now.
When Colton enrolls in her school for their senior year, Lilly figures it's time to learn who he really is beyond the artist savant that others admire.
One of the many things that impressed me with Puddle Jumping, was the amount of research that went into the writing of it. Ms. Johnson kept this real. At one point, Colton and Lilly are watching some Hollywood flick about a guy with Asperger's. She doesn't want their relationship defined by what others think. She and Colton both want to experience life in a "normal" way. Of course, as my husband says, normal is a range, not a point.
Puddle Jumping is a romance. It's a story of two young people coming of age and finding their way, together. It will make you smile, maybe cry a tear or two, and in the end? Well, it will be a couple hours well spent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and maybe, you'll come away knowing a bit more about people who are in the range of normal.
Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
Amber's musical suggestion for this book is Ten Feel Tall by Afrojack (ft. Wrabel)