Tuesday 4 August 2015

Blog Tour & Review ~ Kick Push by Jay McLean

Blog Tour & Review
Title: Kick, Push
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: August 4, 2015
Book Description:

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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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

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

Many moons ago I came across Jay McLean after she had just published More Than This, I fell in love with that book and even though I have loved every book since, they still hadn’t managed to knock off More Than This as my favourite Jay McLean read...until Kick Push.

To say I fell in love with this book would be an understatement, to say I fell in love with Josh an even bigger one and this book is by far Jay McLean’s best book yet. The story was emotive, passionate, addictive and totally consuming. This was a relationship between a father and son an unbreakable bond and one that literally reduced me to tears so many times that I cried me a river over this book.

“There’s a big difference between being happy and being selfish. Choose to be happy. Fire Truck the rest.”

Yes this book broke my heart but on the other hand it was incredibly inspirational with a boy that truly made the best of a bad situation. A situation that no child should ever be put in, when the people that should support you the most...turn their backs, when you have really hit the lowest of the lowest point in life and you can see no light at the end of the tunnel, when your spirit is broken...and then a complete stranger helps and faith in humanity is once again restored. This book is full of hope and lots of love and some truly amazing characters that Jay McLean brought to life through some extremely powerful words.

“I see you, Josh.”

Josh was an inspirational character and one that totally put everything on hold for an extremely small, demanding, bundle of joy. He lost life as he knew it, he lost his budding skateboarding career, he had to grow up fast but his devotion to his son never wavered. From knowing nothing to having to deal with everything he coped, he managed and he struggled but he never gave up. These scenes in the beginning were brutal and I was cursing Jay McLean for driving me to tissues so early on but I held onto the hope that she would come good and that came in the form of Chazarae, a woman with the hugest heart. This elderly woman was Josh and his son, Tommy’s saving grace and makes you believe that there are good people on this earth. These three formed a strong bond and it truly melts your hearts.

When Chazarae’s granddaughter comes to stay this trio’s lives are about to change. Becca has her own emotional baggage and once again we have another character whose life is perilously close to rock bottom. Soulless eyes that only come to life through a camera...taking pictures is Becca’s comfort, she feels safe hidden behind the lens but Josh, Tommy and Chazarae never give up and they form a formidable trio in breaking down Becca’s defences.

“There are many things in my future that absolutely terrify me, but loving you for the rest of it isn’t one of them."

Yes this is a hard read, it is extremely emotional but it is such an inspiring read too. Kudos to Jay McLean for bringing her A game on the emotional overload, but it is an amazing talent to get you so invested in those characters and believe me, you cannot help but get invested. This book has some amazing highs and lows so there is something there for everyone and as always, Jay McLean’s wit is prevalent throughout. This is an NA read like no other I have read and that is another thing I loved about this one, its uniqueness. The end...is the end...I just hope that there will be more...there has to be...right?

“Fire truck yeah, I’m afraid. You’ve seen me in social situations, right? I mean, you were there at Michael’s bachelor party when I told the stripper her tits were perfect for breastfeeding.”

About the Author:

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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