Did I Mention I Love You? By Estelle Maskame
A typical wattpad novel.
Goodreads: When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.
Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?
Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.
I have heard a lot about this book since its release and I had mixed feelings to start with and now I have read it I still have very mixed feelings.
This is a typical young adult romance novel, but also a very typical Wattpad love story. The plot to the book itself was interesting with step siblings falling for each other but I did feel that there were too many fillers and then bam a plot twist that only lasted a chapter or two. It kept me on my toes but at the same time I didn’t feel like it flowed very well.
There are a lot of characters in this story and at first it took a while to get to know who was who. But the main characters annoyed me a lot. Eden is a teenager and a very naive one at that. I found a lot of her dialogue to be childish and it became hard to connect with her. Tyler was also a struggle for me to like. Not because he was moody and rude or did drugs, but because one minute he is described as the worst person in the world and the next he is meant to be charming and hot and kind.
The main problem I had with this book was the romance. The way Eden and Tyler fell for each other was very rushed and unrealistic. If they are siblings then there should have been more subtle hints and flirtations not just wham bam they are kissing now.
Also when they start to ‘see each other’ they very rarely think ‘hang on a minute this is wrong’. Once they have their first kiss then they are off on a romantic date. I would have liked to have seen a bit more restrictions on their behalf with the occasional slip up kiss.
I really did like the idea for this novel but I feel that it has been executed poorly. There were some very unrealistic traits in this book which really did annoy me and I did feel like it dragged, especially in the beginning.
However, I have given this novel 3 stars because the premise was good and I admire the amount of plot twists and events she has pushed into it.
But I do think that there could have been a lot more development around the romance as that was the most important part of this story.
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