Kick Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLeanKick Push by Jay McLean
Published August 2015
Series: Kick Push #1
Genres: New Adult
four-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Kick Push is a spin-off of Where The Road Takes Me, because in Kick Push, we get to hear Joshua Warden’s story – do you remember him? The guy that loves skateboarding and has a little son called Tommy? That’s exactly him.

The story starts way before Where The Road Takes Me, and explains how Josh got rejected by his own parents when he announced his girlfriend’s pregnancy, and how she left him alone with Tommy alone their son was just months old. While Josh was at his lowest and had no way to take care of himself of her son, he was taken in by an old lady. Months later, he meets her grandchild, Rebecca Owens, who has her fair share of issues – but for some reason, he feels incredibly drawn to her, and determined to make her smile.

Jay McLean books are either a hit or a miss for me, and while Kick Push had a couple of flaws, it was an interesting and refreshing read altogether. I really liked the fact that the two characters who both had their fair share of issues found and completed/saved each other. But still, they both have a lot to deal with and overcome, so it isn’t easy at all, specially when some unexpected things happen and threaten to tear them and their very fragile relationship apart.

Kick Push was a definitely rollercoaster ride, and there was a lot of drama involved. Actually, there was a bit too much drama in the book in my opinion, and it was way over the top at times. And well, most of the drama come from the fact that both main characters are pretty moody and quite unpredictable, so they offend each other time and time again, before coming back groveling. I guess it was just the author’s way of making the book more interesting, ut it was probably a bit redundant at times, and that made the book a very long read (at least in my opinion).

I also didn’t really like the past that the author gave to Becca, which in my mind didn’t really stick with how she was pictured “in the now” throughout the book. She was very likeable and wonderful with both Josh and Tommy, so… yeah, I can’t really see that kind of past for her.

I can’t say much about the story itself since I would spoil it all, and while I was really, really annoyed by some aspects of the book, I still believe it was a very good read, because it was something else, different from the books I usually read, and that alone (even with its quirks) makes it a book worth checking out. Provided you don’t get mad at hard-stop cliffhangers.

Because at the end of the book… you’ll be faced with a total cliffhanger. And it’s annoying as hell. There’s not even a release date out so I can’t even mark my calendar. Well, I guess I am intrigues and will probably get this as soon as it comes out because I want to know how Becca and Josh’s story unfolds.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars