Princess Kelly Reviews: Kick Push by Jay McLean

Princess Kelly Reviews: Kick Push by Jay McLeanKick, Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLean
on January 1st 1970
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3.5 Stars

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.

Also by this author: Kick, Push, Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)

Kick Push is an enjoyable young adult romance that tackles some very real issues. A love story thwart with challenges.

I loved how this story gave the heroic parental reigns to a 17 year old Dad who sacrificed the thing he loved the most to be the best parent to his son, Tommy. It is so often in contemporary romance that the man is painted as the bad guy, but in this story it is the Mother, Natalie that decides being a parent isn’t quite as glamorous as she expected, leaving her 2 month old son in the arms of his Father, closing the door never looking back.

With no family support, no money and practically homeless Josh and Tommy are destitute until a kind older lady witnesses the struggle and takes them into her home.

Becca is a closed book. The Granddaughter of the great Samaritan, she comes to stay for the summer before college is due to start but instead of conversing with others and making friends she remains alone in her room, staring incessantly at the wallpaper, choosing to remain mute and completely untouched.

Josh is enamoured with the quiet beauty but it is his 3-yea- old son that finds a way in as he and Becca become fast friends. 

Skating is his passion, photography is hers, as their favourite pastimes collide they find solace and understanding in one another, but Josh is struggling to move forward with a girl who continues to hide herself, and Becca is scared of Josh finding out who she really is.

Kick Push is a love story but it’s not full on or fast yet nurtured incredibly well due to the nature of our heroine. Initially I thought she may be autistic but I was wrong, very wrong! 

Josh is a little diamond and as for Tommy, you will fall completely in love with him. He is a ray of sunshine in a story, that at times covers some deep and upsetting subject matters. Overall though this is an enjoyable read with a feel good ending and some angst along the way.

3.75 crowns

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