Did I Mention I Love You? Review

How come when I was a kid growing up in Southern Cali I didn't get pink and purple palm trees? :(
How come when I was a kid growing up in Southern Cali I didn’t get pink and purple palm trees? 😦

Review for ‘Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY #1)’ by Estelle Maskame

The Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler? “

The Review: This book is BUSY. Poor Eden already starts off her summer with a fair amount of emotional drama as she visits the father who walked out on herself and her mother when she was thirteen. Now, as if that isn’t enough lets go ahead and add major boy drama, ‘frenemy’ drama, some underage alcohol consumption, drugs, and a cocktail of painful secrets from everybody’s pasts. Not enough for you? Ok, well let’s end the book with some intense unanswered questions.

I’m sure some of you are mentally adding this one to the ‘Do Not Read’ pile after reading that, but it was actually put together very well! Given the amount of risky topics that the author touched on, it could’ve very easily turned into a hot mess, but I think she actually pulled everything together quite nicely. That being said, when I finished the last page I was thinking, “Ok Estelle…when do we get book two?! I need to know what happens to Eden and Tyler!” The author left us with a craving for more. Its going to be a tough wait for me until the next one comes out.

All of this being said, let me touch on a few points. I guess one thing I would like to note is that the teenagers in this book seem to get away with a lot of drinking. Where are their parents?? However, I suppose the rich and crazy lifestyle of Southern California teens (*cough* I was a Southern California teen…my parents would have beaten me senseless if I acted the way these characters did) would explain how they get away with such intense partying.  I think that it added to the storyline and helped with character development so I was willing to look past the unrealistic amount of alcohol exposure. Another point I would like to touch on is the way that the writer was able to toy with my emotions as a reader through her dialogue and character interactions. I say this as a good thing. The way that the characters and their relationships were written really tugged on my heartstrings and at some points made me want to jump right into the story and give them a piece of my mind. Eden’s strained relationship with her father, as well as her confusing one with Tyler were written with just the right amount of emotion. I really connected with Eden and found myself rooting for the girl. There was a good amount of ‘mean girl’ action in this book and it was borderline ridiculous. The main villain ends up being on the edge of psychotic in his or her actions and I think it was a bit far fetched to be considered a realistic situation. I think that this was a flaw in the plot but it did allow for her to fit certain incidents and explain certain actions so again, it worked out. I don’t want to post any spoilers so I’ll end this one by saying that this book is full of self discovery, emotional turmoil, and a truly touching romance. Anyone who loves a good YA contemporary will love this. (I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review).

The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Soul searching, intense romance, and personal growth

Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Underage drinking and drug usage, romantic tension, or teenage girl drama.

The Rating: A pretty solid 4 out of 5 stars even though the story was one giant drama bomb that was waiting to explode. The author made me connect with the characters and left me wanting to read the next book when it’s released.

Author’s Goodreads Page: Estelle Maskame Goodreads

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