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Just Don’t Mention It ; Review / Blog Tour

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame


Synopsis:

Tyler Bruce – hell raiser and bad boy – tells his story in his own words.

Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad. We see him as the daredevil seventeen-year-old we first met in Did I Mention I Love You?, the stepbrother who falls head over heels for Eden.

In these parallel timelines we finally understand the enigmatic Tyler’s complex story and his innermost thoughts – on his dad, his mom, on Tiffani and Eden – all the things Eden wasn’t witness to. And, crucially, the reader gains heartbreaking insight into why Tyler becomes the self-obsessed, angry and unhappy guy we encounter in DIMILY.


Just a little trigger warning before I begin, the entire series is centred around various issues and problems that the main characters are trying to overcome. Possible triggers I have picked up on are, physical abuse, child abuse and eating disorders.

This series is also all about stepsiblings who fall in love, I understand that this is not everybody’s cup of tea.


Now then, onto my thoughts on this paticular book. I personally decided to read the well known DIMILY trilogy before diving into Just Don’t Mention It which is Tyler’s story.

A little background on the DIMILY trilogy, it is an international bestselling trilogy by Scottish young author, Estelle Maskame. The trilogy has been translated in 17 countries. Somehow I was completely oblivious to this series & author until I joined the blog tour so don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them either!


I would definitely recommend reading the trilogy first, which is well worth reading. I felt connected to Tyler instantly as I had some background information about him from the trilogy and I was more invested into his story.

Just Don’t Mention It or JDMI to keep things short is written all in Tyler’s perspective. Tyler suffered horrific physical abuse from his father as a child, so this novel explains the abuse alongside revealing the long term emotional and mental issues it has left Tyler.

Each chapter is set five years apart, they switch between timid, young twelve year old Tyler who is desperate to show his father how good he is, and 17 year old Tyler who has anger issues, a short fuse ‘just like his father’ and drinks and smokes excessively to drown out the thoughts running through his mind.

I think Estelle has created an amazing novel that depicts the mental scars left behind long after the physical abuse has stopped. This book really emphasises how important it is for children, teenagers and adults to know they can be listened to and believed. Attending therapy isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of courage and understanding.

Especially in the YA community, we need more books that challenge the stigma of mental health and that prove how priceless a listening ear can be to someone in need.


Thank you to Ink Road Books/Black & White Publishing for sending me this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the trilogy as well as JDMI.

Check out the others stops on this blog tour!


Receiving a copy of this book from the publishers did not impact my review in any way. My opinions are all my own.

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