{Book Review} Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

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{Book Review} Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle MaskameDid I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: Did I Mention I Love You? #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire
Amazon four-stars
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? Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.

What did I just read? Oh yeah—a book that made me question everything. Eden Monroe hadn’t seen her father in three years and didn’t know the new family that he had in Santa Monica, California. Problems arose when she started to fall for her oldest stepbrother, a simple crush that she could’ve ignored—if he hadn’t felt the same way. This book was a push and pull, a tug and shove, and I had to look at it through a new set of eyes to enjoy it for what it was—and it was something.

After walking out on her and her mother three years ago, Eden hated her dad for obvious reasons. No phone calls, no text messages, no smoke signals for three years, and all of a sudden she’s on a plane to Santa Monica from Portland, Oregon because her dad wanted her to stay for the entire summer. That’s right, he wanted to spend eight whole weeks with the daughter he hadn’t seen since she was thirteen and wanted to acted like nothing had changed. The relationship with her and her dad definitely influenced her decisions. The book had a lot of partying and teenage drinking, per the usual for her new group of friends. She and her mom had a more stable relationship, and I would have loved to have had more of her in the novel. However, I enjoyed watching her relationship with Ella, her new stepmother, grow and develop, even though it only jumbled my thoughts even more.

Is it weird to be talking about the main character’s love interest when he’s her stepbrother? I’ll leave that for you to decide. A key component of this novel was deciding how I felt about Eden’s relationship with Tyler Bruce. Arrogant, conceited, and delinquent are only a few words to describe his character. He did drugs, he cheated on his girlfriend, and his disobeyed every single one of his mom’s rules, ignoring the consequences. He seems like a difficult character to like, right? Wrong—well, at first I kind of couldn’t stand him, either. Eden saw a different side to Tyler; she looked beyond what he wanted everyone to see and questioned what was behind the façade. I found out so much about him through Eden’s eyes, saw things that he didn’t want others to see, and when the entire puzzle was pieced together, I found it impossible to not love him.

Confusing and morally ambiguous relationship aside, I wanted to jump on a plane to California after reading this book. The setting made me itch for the sun—though Christmas Day in South Carolina about gave me my fill of sunny days. Either way, I almost missed summer. Santa Monica, seeing the Hollywood sign—though not as up close and personal as Eden—and walking on Pacific beaches has now made my to-do list.

You’ll question everything you thought you believed when you read this book. What constitutes someone as siblings? Does true love show no bounds? The beginning of the book was a little slow, but once I got to a certain point I couldn’t put it down—ignore-your-family, eyes-never-leaving the page couldn’t stop. Sorry, Eden—once you fall for Tyler Bruce, there’s no going back.

Moriah (1)

About Estelle Maskame

Estelle Maskame is a novelist from Peterhead in Scotland. After gaining universal acclaim online during her teenage years, she signed a print contract with the Edinburgh-based publisher Black & White Publishing at the age of seventeen. She left school and now writes full-time. Did I Mention I Love You? is her first novel.

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