Book Review #53 – Just Don’t Mention It

I wanted to move on, to show that I was stronger than everything that I had been through – Estelle Maskame.

This is the story that a globe of readers have been waiting for. Ever since Eden met Tyler, we’ve always wondered what exactly goes on in that head of his; what makes him tick, what his secrets are. Now, we know exactly what he thinks of Eden, why he makes the decisions he does and how he copes with his past that has been haunting him for five long years.

This is Tyler’s story.

Tyler Bruce is the bad boy that everyone loves. He is reckless. He is ruthless. He is the definition of bad. And yet, there is a different side to him, the one that is simply Tyler. He’s the twelve year old boy who thinks he is weak when in actual fact, he is the strongest member of the Grayson family. He is the one who bears the brunt of his father’s rage, never once telling, never once resisting. He is a good boy, the one who continuously studies, never plays sports and always tries to please everyone. He grows up to be a seventeen year old boy who has rages of issues, always messes up and needs daily distractions just to get by.

As a reader, I love to read from the girl’s point of view. She is the protagonist I am going to most relate to, just as she is the character I have grown up reading in Young Adult literature. Nevertheless, as soon as Estelle announced she would be releasing Tyler’s story, I was so excited I could burst. Not only do we get to re-read Tyler and Eden’s story, we can finally understand it all from a new and different perspective as well as get to know more about Tyler, being the completely flawed but loveable character he is. And, it does not disappoint.

Tyler’s mind is an intricate web of hurt, deception and loneliness. He grieves for a life he will never know, just as he deceives everyone around him, no matter what his age is, be it the tender age of twelve, or the seventeen year old he is during the present day. As for the loneliness, it is palpable on every single page. Tyler is so lonely that he doesn’t know how to let people be close to him any more. Perhaps physically, but certainly not emotionally. The way Estelle writes his character is phenomenal. He is full of torment and pain which will tug on every reader’s heartstrings. And yet the inner strength that he has is outstanding, even from a young age. Tyler is a character that you root for, despite all his arrogant ways, because we finally know what is going on in that head of his.

The structure of Just Don’t Mention It is refreshing and addictive. It is as though we are reading two stories which entangle together: the story of Tyler, the boy, and the story of Tyler, the young man. Due to the suspense of each chapter, you can’t help but read just one more chapter before you go to sleep. And when you have to go to work, or do something productive? You’re going to hate being torn away from this story. This is why I finished it very quickly in a matter of short days. In fact, I finished it about an hour ago and had to share my thoughts right away.

It is always sad when a well-loved story between two characters who you cherish as though they are friends comes to an end. I would love to read Tyler’s point of view of his time in New York and Portland. There is still time… if we all beg and plead and pray. Not only do we have to say goodbye to Tyler and Eden, we also have to wave farewell to the important characters who surround them such as Ella, Tyler’s mum and his two brothers. Some, Tiffani, I couldn’t care less about but, as with all stories, we can imagine what their lives are like, how things turn out, because that is the beauty of a well-loved story. It never truly ends.

Have you read Just Don’t Mention It? It is available to buy now. I suggest you go and pick one up!

Love, Faye xo


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