Book Review – Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

by Maryse on July 26, 2014 · 13 comments

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Puddle Jumping
I posted this one on a list, a week or so ago (I think… for the new release list?) and Cynthia recommended it upon it’s release,

Cynthia: This week I read a sweet and amazing book: “PuddleJumping” by Amber L. Johnson.  It’s a short and beautiful love story about a very special boy and an amazing girl that loves him unconditionally. The author writes from the heart and it’s a world she is well versed in.

and the blurb definitely had me intrigued:

“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.”

Hrmmm… what was this “thing” that made him so special? And what was the decision!!?

“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.”

It was only (and still is as of the date of this review), so I was lucky that a few of you jumped on it, ’cause shortly thereafter, I received a few more recommendations.

Bev: Puddle Jumping was so sweet. It was just a novella and I wish it was longer.

Jeanie: I enjoyed Puddle Jumping as well.  Super sweet read.  :)

Kirsten: Loved Puddle Jumping!

“Sweet” was the consensus, and well… I really like “sweet”. But I don’t tend to jump on them as quick unless I’m feeling mellow and want to stay that way. ;) But then my husband saw this recommendation…

Whitney: Found a gem. If you haven’t yet, you should check out Puddle Jumping by Amber Johnson. Such a sweet story. Not super steamy like we’re typically into,  but a super heartfelt love story about two kids, one of which *spoiler*. Very quick read. Perfect book if you need a short break from our super angsty tear jearkers or bad boys, but still want the feels. :)

and he decided! He one-clicked it for me, and I was reading it now. *shrug* Yep, sometimes, I throw caution to the wind and just “go” with his decisions. ;) After all, how can you turn down a boy’s request for you to read a book that he bought for you… right?

And boy am I glad he did. As I was reading it, I wondered to myself what it was about it that hooked me so? This was my strangest enjoyment of a book. I just had to tell our fellow readers:

My husband bought me puddle jumping. Puddle jumpers? Jumping puddles? I’m almost done. It’s sweet, and actually a fast-ish read. There’s an interesting quality to it that has me enjoying it, even though it’s high school and has a young feel to it. Very PG. But there’s something about it that’s holding my attention… I like it well enough. Definitely an unconventional love story…

I mean, in essence, it was 80% completely high-school driven, and being in her mind was well… like being in a silly-sweet, somewhat naive, definitely innocent teenager’s mind. The whole way through. And it was PG. Maybe even just “G”. ;) There were no bad boys. No tattoos. No super-steam. No college-life crazy drama. No marital issues to tear my heart apart. No love triangles. No dark-themes to keep me on the edge of my seat.

No “things that usually attract Maryse.;)

BUT!!! Actually… there was ONE thing that I can’t resist in a romance book, and that is an unconventional love story. <— AND THIS had that!
So what’s it about?

Lily and Colton become fast-friends at a young age (so cute!), but she kept on getting herself (and subsequently, him, too) into danger. Well, not really, but at 5 and 6 years old, she sure as heck managed to scare both sets of parents with the lightning strikes, and the stitches and well… you get the picture.

His mom broke them up as children (putting an end to their adorable friendship), and she never saw him again. But she never forgot him either. And when he enrolls in her high school many years later, their connection re-ignites almost immediately.

I’m stopping there. I went in totally blind (thanks to my husband for not letting me see the email that convinced him I needed to read this… I *spoilered* it out, above), so when things started coming together, and the reveals were made crystal clear, I was VERY excited. I was IN!!! I couldn’t wait to see, NO!! experience how this one would play out. There were so many possibilities, and I was so pleased with where the author took us.

Because she allowed us her “crush”. That initial intensity. She allowed us that “getting to know you” period. The realizations. The adjustments. The misunderstandings. The personal connection that rivals all others. And the disappointments. The innocence of first love… and first heartbreak. The angst. It’s all there.

Yes… it’s “PG”, and yes, I felt as if I was hanging out with a fifteen year old (okay, maybe 17 year old… depends on which part of the book you’re on – it definitely had that young feel) BUT!!!! I couldn’t stop (didn’t want to stop) reading it.

Puddle Jumping is so good, and there isn’t a thing about this book that I could forget. It’s unforgettable, unique, thoroughly entertaining and easy to connect to. Thank you husband (and recommenders!). I had a sweet evening full of “feels”.

4 stars!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

bev July 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I could not put it down once I started. Great review in explaining why so sweet. I was going to rec an adult book in this vein, historical though, but would give spoiler away, lol.

Maryse July 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Ahhhh darn I want to read another like this, bev!!! :D

Tessa July 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Decided to try it based on your review. It was very sweet, though I kinda knew what made him special from the start ( little dude here is special the same way.). I absolutely loved every second of it. :-D

Jean July 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I 1-clicked this one a couple weeks ago too! I am half way through Finding Home (which i am loving) and then going to read this one! Thanks for the great recommendations!

bev July 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It’s pretty popular book so probably not hard to find. I haven’t signed up for spoiler forum but could and maybe leave it there.

Maryse July 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM


MichelleS July 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Ah man… this was soooooo sweet. I work with children every day just like Colton… so this pulled at my heart strings even more so than usual. I am recommending it to a friend who is raising her own Colton. I know she’s going to love it. I loved even the silly details because they are SO TRUE for Colton… toothpaste (ha!). Thanks for recommending it. Very satisfying Sunday afternoon read. Great for anyone who likes coming of age romance. Agreed… 4 STARS… only because it was so short!

bev July 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

o.k. posted. That was a long journey. Apparently my name is very spammy. So I had to make up a new one. Then they said my email was already being used. So used the one I well never use. And guess which folder they sent confirm email too? Yes the spam one, o_O I didn’t even know I had one so kept checking all day, lol.

Donna L July 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I read this book today! It brought a smile to my face. I just loved it! Both characters were wonderful! Yay!

Maryse July 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

LOL!! YAY is right!! :D

I LOVE unconventional love stories. I love that they are never easy and that we get to indulge in every aspect.

MichelleS July 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Maryse – you said “I want to read another like this” – if you are really SERIOUS…. then, read The Rosie Project. It’s basically Colton all grown up… and even Lilly…. The “hero” is a professor and she is a hot hot mess. It was so good. IF you’re really in the mood… but if you’re like me, you probably need a fix of gritty right now! ;-)

MichelleS July 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Since getting you to read my faves on your TBR list is an ongoing mission of mine (LOL) I’ll give you a few more reasons to pick The Rosie Project (if you’re in the mood)… it’s like Puddle Jumping all grown up: longer full length novel, really quirky but lovable Aspie hero, a mess of a heroine who cracks you up the whole time but accepts him for exactly who he is (and isn’t that truly the central theme?), ans so so many “toothpaste” like moments. It was completely different and I just loved it. So, again, if you’re really in the mood for Puddle Jumping all grown up… give Rose Project a try!

Cynthia August 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Maryse, thank you!!! I’m so happy you read and reviewed “Puddle Jumped”. I´m here in Brazil far from you and love your blog. Every day I check your recommendations. I agree with others girls and you need to give Rose Project a try. It’s very funny!! A short and great book. :-)

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