Hello all! It’s Alice from Married To Books and for today’s upload, it is the promotional blog tour post for Estelle Maskame’s Just Don’t Mention It! This is a YA Contemporary, told from the perspective of Tyler and is a spin-off novel to the original Did I Mention I Love You trilogy. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on the novel as well as information about where you can purchase a copy!
Tyler Bruce – hell raiser and bad boy – tells his story in his own words.
Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad. We see him as the daredevil seventeen-year-old we first met in Did I Mention I Love You?, the stepbrother who falls head over heels for Eden.
In these parallel timelines we finally understand the enigmatic Tyler’s complex story and his innermost thoughts – on his dad, his mom, on Tiffani and Eden – all the things Eden wasn’t witness to. And, crucially, the reader gains heartbreaking insight into why Tyler becomes the self-obsessed, angry and unhappy guy we encounter in DIMILY.
This utterly addictive rollercoaster of a novel gives voice to one of the most adored characters in Estelle Maskame’s extraordinary international bestseller, Did I Mention I Love You?
Add the novel to your Goodreads reading lists!: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39005738-just-don-t-mention-it?ac=1&from_search=true
REVIEW: I was very excited to receive this novel for review, the signed copy looks great next to my contemporary books on my YA shelf! I started reading the original trilogy on Wattpad many years ago and was delighted when it got published. Tyler’s story flips back to five years in his past and the present day and I got to know lots more about him. He starts relying on distractions and won’t open up to his stepsister Eden about his struggles and violent relationship with his Dad. Just Don’t Mention It is a hard-hitting read but also, one I found very thought-provoking. Seeing a male POV also appeals to me not just as a reader but a writer too. This POV was well-written and felt immediately hooked into learning more into Tyler and seeing the experiences he had with friends and family.
It is a long story, but the chapters were well laid out. The ending did feel a little rushed in places and one of the characters Tiffani throughout the novel did behave quite badly towards Tyler. I would recommend Just Don’t Mention It to any fans of the trilogy and those interested in reading from a teen boy’s perspective on everyday life.
That concludes this blog post, a big thank you to Ink Road and Estelle for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon with a new post!