*I am reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Today Just Don't Mention It by Estelle Maskame is released and it is a wonderful book. It is a companion novel to Did I Mention I Love You? series but it can be read without reading this previous series. Although a great book, I have been really busy so have not managed to finish it I love it so far so instead of a review, I am going to give you five reasons why you should read this book! So let's get started...
Title: Just Don't Mention It
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Ink Road
Rating: 4/5 stars
Number 1: The characters
So this is mainly for Tyler who is just a great character who is well developed and is someone that you can see grows throughout the novel. This may not be a good thing for Tyler's character but seeing the consequences of the actions is just so interesting to see. This is partly because it is set over two periods, one set in 5 years in the past, the other in present day and it makes for character growth. I also really liked Eden and the relationship she has with Tyler.
Number 2: The Relationships
The main thing that I love about this book is the romance. The romance is such a slow burn and I liked that. It was definitely more realistic than many other YA books and Eden and Tyler are a great couple.
Number 3: The Male Protagonist
Tyler, as I have said, is such a good character but it is also really great to see a YA book from a male perspective. We don't get to see this often so the fact that we get to read from one and it is so good is a bonus.
Number 4: The Sensitive Subjects
The sensitive subjects in this book are obviously heartwrenching in the book but I want to commend Estelle for tackling these issues straight one and doing it in such a delicate way. Trigger Warning for abuse is needed for this book but this was done well in my opinion but I would seek out Own Voices reviews if they are available.
Number 5: The Writing
For such a young writer Estelle is so talented! Her writing is so good that I definitely wish that I can write this well especially as she is younger than me. It definitely keeps me hooked and the balance between the main story and the flashbacks are so well balanced that it really was great.
The Verdict: JDMI is a great read that will transport to LA feeling devastated by Tyler's position but love the story away. It has heart and is a must-read.
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See you soon,