Title: Did I mention I love you
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult
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Did I mention I love you
Eden lives with her mother, her parents divorced a few years ago. She never heard anything from her dad until he invites her to stay with him and his new family for the summer. Eden also meets her new stepmother and brothers. One of them is Tyler, who is the oldest stepbrother. On her first night, she meets Rachel, who lives across the street. Rachel introduces her to her group of friends, which Tyler is also a part of. Together they go on adventures and go to a lot of parties. At first, Eden hates Tyler, but suddenly she changes her mind and realizes that she loves him. But Tyler is already in a relationship with Tiffani, who does not want to let him go.
Did I mention I love you is the first book in the series with the same name. I picked this book because I was already a book but I really did not like it and I wanted to read something different. I went for a Young Adult book because they are always easy to read. I wanted to make sure I did not get into a reading slump.
I have mixed feelings about this book. A part of me liked it because it was easy to read and it was sort of fun. But it was also very strange and I am not sure how I feel about it. Eden is staying with her dad for the summer and she falls in love with her oldest stepbrother Tyler. I am not sure how I felt about this relationship. I think he was pretty serious about his intentions with her, but it felt wrong. Even though they are not even related. Eden’s dad is not Tyler’s stepdad, but that is all. So technically it is not wrong, but somehow it does feel wrong.
But to be honest, I thought Eden’s dad was an asshole. She stayed at his place for the whole summer and he did not even talk to her at all. There are more books in this book series, but I really hope for Eden and her stepbrothers he will change. I was surprised to see Ella was still with him at the end of the book. If my boyfriend/husband was acting like that to his own daughter, I would run. That is a red flag!
But I feel like Dean was the least problematic person in this book. Eden’s new friends were into drinking too much alcohol and sometimes even using drugs. Tyler was basically a criminal. I know he had a rough childhood, but choosing the wrong path is never okay. But Dean was always there for Eden in the background. He drove her home in the middle of the night, he introduced her to his favourite band and I feel sorry for him. I know Eden is using him as a distraction, she still loves Tyler too much.
I think I would have liked this book when I was a teenager, but growing up means you suddenly see all those red flags.
Will I still read the second book? Maybe who knows? I kind of want to know what is going to happen. I think I can already guess that Tyler is going to end up with Eden in the end, but I am hopeful that Dean will stay in the picture or deserves someone better.
Order of books in this book series:
1. Did I mention I love you
2. Did I mention I need you
3. Did I mention I miss you
4. Just don’t mention it (Tyler’s perspective)