Title: Kick, Push
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.
I’m convinced that Jay McLean is magic. Her ‘More Than’ series is one of my favorite series ever. It’s not very often a book will effect me like those books did. I love all her work, but nothing of hers has got to me like the More books. Until now. Kick Push is equally as good when it comes to the story and the feels, but the writing is even better. How can she do that more than once? Put out books like this that just consume and overtake me? I don’t know but I’m glad she does. Fans of this author will not be disappointed and if you haven’t read anything by this author, I can’t recommend her enough! When I read Where the Road Takes Me Josh was by far my favorite character. He was so endearing and lovable and I wanted to know more about him…
Josh is a single dad. After getting his girlfriend pregnant at 17, Josh promises his girl he will be there 100%. That they will do it together. Shortly after giving birth to Tommy, she decides it’s too much and abandons Tommy leaving Josh to take care of him alone. Josh has no one. He has nothing. But he’s determined to take care of his son no matter what. He will do anything and sacrifice anything for Tommy.
With some help from a older woman who becomes his family, and the support he has from his best friend, Hunter, and later his Uncle and Aunt, Josh is able to make it work. He’ll never have his life and dreams back, not like they were before, but that’s okay. Tommy is more important than anything else in his life.
The years pass, and now Tommy is 3. Life is good for Josh. He has a good job and his son. He’s in a far better place than he was. Then it happens. Josh meets someone for the first time in years who makes him reevaluate his life. Someone who falls in love with his son. A girl he starts to fall for. A quiet girl with emerald eyes who completely consumes him.
Her name is Becca. Becca’s life hasn’t been easy. She’s had very different struggles than Josh. Meeting Josh and Tommy change her. Becca’s story is one I won’t be talking about at all in my review. It’s one you need to read for yourself, butI will say it broke my heart. Becca is a character that took me a while to warm up to, but after seeing how much she loved Tommy and supported Josh, she grew on me. I loved the dynamic between the three. I can imagine as a single parent there is something so special about someone coming into your life that not only cares for you, but loves your child deeply.
I love that she didn’t just want me. She wanted us. All three of us.
For the first time in maybe her entire life, Becca feels wanted, loved and safe. Josh gives her that.
As much as I enjoyed reading about Josh and Becca, Josh and Tommy stole the show. Seriously Josh and Tommy together was the best thing ever. Any scene with those two and I completely melted.
“I love you buddy.” He looks up from his train set and he smiles. And I realize it then; what everyone always tells me. His eyes may be like his mother’s, but his smile is mine. His happiness belongs to me.
This book is about falling in love. About second chances. About stepping up. About parenting It’s about friendship, skateboarding, sand pits and photography. About love and forgiveness. It’s about following your dreams. I loved every single chapter, every single page, every single word of this story. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. I fell in complete book love with Kick Push. I want more. More Josh and Becca and definitely more Tommy. I loved the characters, the angst, the emotions, the love, and all the feels. There is so much to this story. So many elements, relationships and it’s just everything. Read it, devour it, and love it! Kick Push is an unforgettable read that’s going straight to the top of my favorite list for 2015.
Kick. Push. Coast. Time to coast, son.
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.