August 6, 2015

Review - Kick Push by Jay McLean

 Blog Tour & Review

Title: Kick, Push

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day:  August 4, 2015



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.



Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.
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My 5 Star Review

Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you fall in love with reading all over again. Don’t get me wrong I never fell out of love with reading, but sometimes it just becomes something I do. But this story it made me love, love reading. It was the absolute perfect story and one of my favorite books of 2015. 

We met Josh in Where the Road Takes Me, I immediately fell in love with this single dad and couldn’t wait to read his story. Josh is a unique character. He was seventeen when he and his girlfriend had Tommy, and he gave up everything for them. Literally, everything, his family, dreams of being a professional skater, and his teenage life as he knew it. 

What I really love about Josh is his complete selflessness. He did what every dad should do, but let’s be honest it’s remarkable because most don’t. He is just a regular guy who decided that being a good dad to his little boy was always going to be the most important thing he did. My love for Josh was pretty immediate and I didn’t know I could love him more until I saw him with Becca.

"Look who beautiful he is. How happy he is. You did that, Josh. You gave him a life worth smiling about.”

Becca is a beautiful girl, but is lost, broken and completely damaged. She moves in with her grandmother and her life immediately collides with Josh and Tommy’s. We don’t really get to see why Becca is the way she is, we just see that she is different. You know she has experienced some trauma, but you don’t really see the extent of it until later in the story. Regardless, Josh wasn’t interested in what was wrong with her. Josh is only interested in making her smile.

The connection between Becca and Josh was beautiful and I loved seeing them get to know each other. I loved seeing them both fill this need the other had. Now, I don’t even want to get started on Tommy. This little boy owned my heart and his connection with Becca…sigh, so freaking sweet. 

"There are some sacrifices greater than love. And some loves greater than any sacrifice. Tommy’s greater than both."

Kick Push has the perfect amount of angst and drama, all the drama is necessary and the issues are things that need to resolved for the characters to grow. I never thought a scene wasn’t necessary or over the top, everything fit together perfectly! This story felt like real life, it was sometimes ugly, hard and trying, but always worth it.

Kick Push reminds you just how much of a difference you can make in someone’s life by just being a decent person. It shows you that you don’t have to be epic to have an epic life. This story reminded me to make every day count. To kick and push, so that you can enjoy the coast. I more than love this story, I more than love Josh, Tommy and Becca, and I more than need the epic conclusion!

To say I highly recommend this would be a gross understatement. This is the kind of story I hope everyone reads! Jay you had me at More Than, but your writing owned me in Kick Push

"You know what comes after you kick and push? You coast. Coast with me, Emerald Eyes?”

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