Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kick Push by Jay McLean

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
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.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the
greatest feeling in the world.
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.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being
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.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
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.

I'm so in love with this story
 and its characters.
What did I just read!! 
It was hauntingly beautiful, 
emotional and raw. 
I loved every single page of it. 
I fell in love with Joshua, Tommy, 
Becca and their friends and families.
I enjoyed the emotions it evoked in me and sometimes it came out of nowhere and cracked open my chest and squeezed my heart and made it hurt like hell, 
but that's exactly why I love to read! 
When words can hurt and make me feel Jay McLean succeeded in that. 
Her words and storytelling was captivating. Some scenes were very difficult to read and really made me hurt but she wrote them with so much thought and care that it only made me feel the characters even more and on a deeper level.
Joshua was a fantastic character
 and so was Becca. His need to be anything but weak and to provide for his son Tommy was awe inspiring. 
He had my heart from page one. 
Becca was a broken soul and even though Joshua had experienced his losses and neglect it was nothing compared to Becca. What Becca had experienced was heartbreaking and beyond horrifying. 

I loved how they both found safety and solace in one another. 
These moments were amazing and I really enjoyed them right along with the more darker moments. 
The secondary characters were fabulous and I was interested and invested in all of them.

McLean has truly captured and mesmerized me with her words. 
This story packed a punch. 
Straight to my heart. 
I'm so glad there's a sequel because 
I'm so in love with these characters.

5 BadAssFireTruckingStars 

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