ARC Review: Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

Book cover for Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1)
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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. 

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Did I Mention I Love You is a book that will not necessarily appeal to all readers. I for one, realized that the book wasn’t what I was expecting to read. This book is extremely dramatic and deals with really intense subjects, including drugs and alcohol. The main character makes really poor decisions and is very frustrating. However, there is fantastic writing that kept me inspired to continue reading.

Did I Mention I Love You is a bit too dramatic and intense for my taste. The characters go to a lot of parties and use drugs and alcohol often, which I didn’t like. While some may find this type of story relatable, I did not and it was hard for me to enjoy the plot. This storyline also causes a lot of unnecessary drama, which made the book less interesting for me. I prefer books that are more laid-back and less extreme, and I definitely wasn’t expecting so much drug use out of this one.

Another reason why Did I Mention I Love You was a bit difficult to get into is the fact that the main character makes too many poor decisions. It is understandable that the protagonist, Eden, has a desire to go out and have fun, but she goes to basically every party in the neighbourhood and always does what her friends drag her along to do. Eden’s poor decision making skills really bugged me, and I found it difficult to continue reading. The main character in a book really determines how much I enjoy it, and I just wish Eden wasn’t no naïve.

Despite the drama and intensity of Did I Mention I Love You, it is written very well. I noticed that this book was originally from Wattpad, and was very intrigued. Also, I appreciated while reading that this book is chock full of beautiful descriptions and it is developed so well, even though what was described didn’t really appeal to me. This writing was what saved me from potentially putting the book down.

Did I Mention I Love You is a bit too dramatic and deals with subjects that are too intense for me. The main character doesn’t make good decisions, and is pretty frustrating to read about. However, the writing in this book is phenomenal, and if you are fine with the harsh topics discussed, I would recommend this book to you.

10 thoughts on “ARC Review: Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

  1. The Petite Book Blogger says:

    Ugh! I always hate it when author’s use that taboo plot trope. I find it to be gross and it makes the book very un-enjoyable for me. To me this books sounds very reminiscent of Those Girls by Lauren Saft. Thanks for the fantastic review.

  2. Broc's Bookcase (@BrocsBookcase) says:

    Ok, so I literally was just checking this out on Netgalley and it didn’t sound half as interesting as your review made out. It does sound dramatic and yes, the same plot again, but it sounds like a decent enough ‘filler book’ for when I’m in between books and want something that doesn’t take too much effort. Plus I like the colour scheme on the cover! Also, is it wrong that I want her to get with her her step brother, would definitely be a different kind of romance to those same ones that we are used to (and slightly bored of) by now! 🙂

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    I can’t really read books that revolve around drugs. I just can’t do it. For personal reasons…. but it doesn’t sound like this is one that I would even want to try

  4. Sophie says:

    Oh no! I’ve got a review copy waiting for me to read, and now I’m apprehensive about doing that. I really don’t like the obvious ‘party hard teenager’ plot line. Maybe I’ll enjoy this still, you never know. Great review, though, it was really helpful!

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA

  5. Kara S says:

    Hmm this book wasn’t really on my radar before, but it sounds like I will really enjoy it for some of the same reasons you disliked it (e.g. the intensity, and the fact that the quality of the writing kept you reading means a lot in my proverbial book! Thanks and cheers, Kara S

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