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.Title: Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1)
Series: The DIMLY Trilogy #1
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
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…
❃ 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
❀ Far Too Dramatic
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.
❀ Main Character Makes Poor Decisions
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.
❀ Well-Written and Original
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.
❀ Not for Everyone
Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame 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.