Review: Did I Mention I Love You

Review: Did I Mention I Love YouTitle:  Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1)
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Love is everything but expected.

Eden Munro came to California for a summer of sun, sand, and celebrities—what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmom, and three stepbrothers.

Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He has angry green eyes and an ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pulls her into their world of rule-breaking, partying, and pier-hanging.

And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t love…

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

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

  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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