Why I Needed Just Don't Mention It | JDMI Blog Tour

I am beyond excited to be a part of the Just Don’t Mention It blog tour.
I read the entire Did I Mention I Love You? Series (also known as the DIMILY series) last year, as well as Estelle’s first stand-alone book, Dare to Fall. I loved all of them, so as soon as I saw that she was writing a companion novel to go with the DIMILY series, from Tyler’s point of view, I knew I had to have it!

I was very fortunate to be sent a copy of Just Don’t Mention It by the publishers, as well as being asked to take part in the blog tour. Obviously I jumped at the chance, so thank you Ink Road for this opportunity.

I was also very grateful that when this book arrived on my birthday, it was signed by Estelle. The best birthday surprise to come home to!

I am going to do a review of this book, so keep reading for that, but I also want to say a little bit about why I needed this take on the story…

I adored the series, as I have already mentioned, and I loved reading from Eden’s perspective. However, Tyler is such a complex and interesting character which left me wanting to know more about him.

I attend a monthly YA book club at a local bookstore and one of the questions that always comes up, no matter which book we are discussing, is “If you could read this book from another character’s perspective, who would you choose?”

Sometimes this question is quite difficult to answer and there isn’t one particular, stand-out character that you are interested in hearing from – or maybe there’s more than one – but when reading the DIMILY books, all I wanted was more on Tyler. I needed to know more about his background, his past and his thoughts as he went on this journey with Eden.

When Estelle announced that she was writing something from Tyler’s side I was incredibly excited. Originally, I thought we might just get a little novella with a short backstory, about his dad and his life growing up, showing how he became the boy we met in Did I Mention I Love You? but I was over the moon when I discovered it was going to be a full-length novel.

A book that I felt that I needed – not just wanted – and never thought would actually end up existing is now out in the world (it was released on 21st June. Order it here!)

So, now that I have it and have read it, let me review it for you…

Estelle Maskame’s writing has had me hooked with every other book she has written and this one is no different.

She just has the beautiful, relatable way of writing that makes you connect with the storyline and the characters early on.

It doesn’t just draw you in though, it keeps you engaged the whole way through. Estelle’s writing always keeps me interested and wanting more, to the very end.

The storytelling is also spot-on. A few people I’ve spoken to have questioned whether this book is worth reading, saying “but it’s just the same book all over again.” I’m here to tell you no, it is not the same book being repeated. The present day plot with Eden is the same but it is so much more.

It delves into Tyler’s past in such raw, haunting detail that it really helps to put his characteristics into perspective. 

It’s more than just about him and Eden. As much as I love the romantic aspect of these books, it was important to share Tyler’s life and struggles. Basically, know that this companion novel works and that I have a long list of reasons as to why!

As this is Tyler’s story, the focus is on him. However, this look into his life gives us more on other characters that we didn’t see too much of in the previous books. The main one being Tyler’s dad. If you’ve read the DIMILY series then you will already know about Tyler’s situation, but this book really gets into it.

If you haven’t read the other books: Number one, why not? Number two, I won’t spoil anything for you by discussing details but you should definitely go and read them all!

I adored this book – if that wasn’t already clear – and I am happy to say that I rated this book:

I can’t imagine my bookish world without Estelle’s books.

She is definitely in my top five authors of all time.

Her writing is amazing. I can't wait to see what she does next!

If you haven’t read any of her other books then I will link them all below for you:

I’ll also leave links below to any videos on my BookTube channel where I discussed Estelle’s books:

Also, has anyone else thought about how cool this series would be as a movie or a TV series? Because I have and I need it! I’ve even thought about who I would like to see play the roles of Eden and Tyler. Let me know if you would rather see it as a movie or TV series and who you could see in the two main roles.

Thank you for reading my blog post. If you want to follow along with the JDMI blog tour, I will leave the banner below so you can head over to everyone’s Twitter pages and see what they have to say about this book.

Have you read any of Estelle’s books? If so, which one was your favourite?

If you’ve read JDMI already, what did you think of Tyler’s story?

Let me know in the comments or come and talk to me over on Twitter.

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