Title: Puddle Jumping
Author: Amber L Johnson
Pages: 259 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
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.
Amber L Johnson’s short story Puddle Jumping packs an almighty punch.
Johnson defies expectations with her book about autism. It is understandable that people with little understanding about the condition of autism would naturally assume that it is a debilitating condition that impacts the social life of the autistic person. To some extent this is true. And for some people it is hard to imagine an autistic person able to have a close personal romantic relationship like you would expect from a neurotypical person. Johnson goes against the grain and portrays romance between two teenagers – one autistic and one not.
Johnson doesn’t hold back either. She shows just how challenging it can be and how everything must be taken into consideration. It is both heartbreaking and heart-warming and at 259 pages who can complain.
Puddle Jumping by Amber L Johnson is available now.