Title: Kick, Push
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: August 4, 2015
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.
Each book Jay McLean has written moved me. This one was no exception. After finishing reading it, consumed by all of it, tby his rush of emotions, I felt drained and speechless.
I have to wait a few days before writing my review because I didn’t know how to start … It was poignant, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, so emotionally charged. The author challenges the reader constantly, letting us experience Rebecca and Josh’s story.
Josh became a father at seventeen, from that moment, his hopes, future about skating, everything was crushed down, and it was just him and Tommy, his son. I was impressed to read about how this boy took his responsibilities, do everything in his power for the well-being of his son. When everybody turned him down, he met an old lady, who provided him a home, when he had nowhere to go.
The writing was intense and tearing. Jay McLean has definitely a way with words, and as usual, straight to the heart. Reading about Rebecca and Josh’s connection was mesmerizing. Their story melt and warmed my heart. The pull between the two of them was described with such sensibility and intensity. I don’t want to post some spoiler here, because this book is so worth the read.
Their relationship was full of ups and downs. It was sometimes so tender and then completely the opposite, almost destructive. They tried both to survive and fight their demons.
I really enjoyed the parts when Rebecca interacted with Tommy. They don’t need to speak much and seemed to understand each other just by one look. It was so swoony and cute.
I was overwhelmed and trust me, you won’t be remain unconcerned. How can you ache so much, even if it’s good or bad? I didn’t expect this storyline, with so much depth that it gave me chills and struggling with a range of emotions.Never the story fell into pathos, the author put the right words at the right moment, that’s all. I wanted more of Josh, Tommy and Rebecca and I’m so looking forward to get more of them in the next book.
Get ready to Kick.Get ready to Push.Get ready to Coast.
PS: I need a drink!