Caro’s Review: Kick Push by Jay McLean

Posted May 24, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Kick Push by Jay McLeanKick Push by Jay McLean
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Published by Self Published on August 4th 2015
Genres: Romance
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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 airborne.
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.

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— 5+ stars —


“Kick Push” is the story of Josh. He lives every teenager’s nightmare: Becoming a father at 17. But this isn’t the worst fate threw at the adorable skater boy and he has a hard time to adept. He gets help from an old lady, a virtual stranger and a few years later, he meets her granddaughter and his dormant heart beats for someone other than his son for the first time in 3 years. But both are packed up to their ears with issues plus add a three year old toddler in the equation – can that really work out?

So, this was the surprise of the year 2015 for me. I didn’t have very high expectations starting “Kick Push”, because I didn’t know the author. But after the prologue, I knew I was in deep. And Josh, Becca and Tommy stole my heart immediately; I simply couldn’t stop reading and even sleep had been a no-no during my read. Nothing, and I mean literally nothing, could have prepared me for the onslaught of emotions I experienced when I read this book! While the MC’s struggles made me cry so often, I laughed my butt off the next moment about the antics of sweet Tommy. Having a son the same age at the time of my first reading this book, I could really connect to the struggles of a young parent and also to the beautiful and funny moments with your kid.

Even after re-reading it now to freshen up my memory before the sequel “Coast” will release soon, I was speechless by how much the book impacted me just again. I felt like I was being bombarded by memories of my first time reading it and the discovery of many new aspects I didn’t see the first time around. Only few authors have the ability to woo me a second time like this. And yes, there is a big cliffhanger-ending at the end of “Kick Push”, that has left me salivating for more for now almost a year. And honestly, I’m glad the wait is over, the sequel will be out early June, according to author Jay McLean. Thank goodness, since patience isn’t really one of my virtues LOL

Even though the MC’s are both pretty young in this book, I would classify it as New Adult and not Young Adult. There is sex in it, but it’s not overtly explicit and just accentuates the emotional connection between the couple. The pacing was perfect, it’s a quick pacing with no slow build up. But no insta-love either, so perfect middle. Overall, the book was very much on the angsty side and I had a few times the urge to dip into the book and hug the living daylights out of the characters. Even the secondary characters were all adorable. Gah, this book was just perfection for me – as simple as that!!! Definitely one of my top reads 2015 and I’m now a nervous wreck waiting for “Coast”. I need my Josh and Tommy-Fix. Urgently.

All in all, I rate “Kick Push” with 5+ stars and can recommend it to everyone. It’s not only a book about teenagers who can’t keep it in their pants, but a story about family, sacrifices, standing up again after falling and simply making the best out of life. In the end, I can only say that a review is personal and I just hope that many, many other readers will have the same variety of emotions while reading “Kick Push” like I did and can only recommend to give it a try. For everyone who isn’t sure because of the ending – the sequel “Coast” will be out soon, so there’s that. Hopefully, the Kick Push-Series will be on audiobook after completion, I think listening to Josh, Tommy and Becca coasting will be a pleasure!


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