Review: Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

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Synopsis

Love has no rules.

It’s been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it’s not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there…simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?

Title: Did I Mention I Need You?
Author: Estelle Maskame
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 384
Publishing Date: Oct. 19th, 2015

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After speeding through Did I Mention I Love You?, which is the first book in this trilogy (you can read my review for that book here), I immediately started reading Did I Mention I Need You? and, even though I didn’t think it would be possible, I enjoyed this novel even more than the first novel within this trilogy.

While DIMILY had its flaws, Did I Mention I Need You? really showed how the author was able to strengthen her writing abilities as the plot of this book went on. I really, really enjoyed this book and, although the major ups and downs that took place throughout it caused me to feel anxious and on the edge of my seat, I loved every page of it.

The rest of this review contains spoilers!


I really loved where Maskame took the plot of this book. After I finished DIMILY, I was left wondering where she could take this story without it ever feeling too repetitive or boring. But the author was easily able to create a plot that caught my attention immediately and there were rarely ever any boring moments in this novel.

I liked how this book really centered around Eden and Tyler’s relationship away from their family. Although they still had to hide their feelings for each other, mainly out of fear of being scrutinized by their friends, it was nice to see how they interacted with each other without the constant fear of being caught by their family. The measured amount of character development within both of the main characters balanced the plot nicely because, although they each developed a lot when put into comparison with the first book, both Eden and Tyler still have an obviously long way to go when it comes to their character arc fully evolving.

The ending of this novel left me stunned because it definitely did not go in the direction that I was prepared for. However, it felt so realistic. This book didn’t have the happy ending that I expected and it leaves a perfect plot set-up for the third and final novel in this trilogy.

I fell in love with these characters even more with this book, especially Tyler. I already loved his character after reading DIMILY, but I grew to really appreciate him even more in this novel. The ending of this book shows quite clearly how much he has grown as a character. While of course it’s heartbreaking for Eden (and me because I ship them together so much), he obviously needs to take the time to figure himself out and I love how the author has made the decision to give these characters a realistic arc.

“When it comes to you, it’s simple: as long as you don’t give up, I won’t either.”

Eden was a bit of a different story. While I still loved her character, she would make certain decisions that would annoy me at times. I felt so bad for Dean and it really seemed as if Eden led him on quite a bit. I understand she had to move on with her life until after high school but if she knew that she was still in love with Tyler (and it was quite obvious that they were going to get back together), then I wish she wouldn’t have messed with Dean’s emotions so much.

I loved the addition of Emily and Snake’s characters, but Rachel and Tiffani managed to annoy the heck out of me again (even more than they did in DIMILY).

Estelle’s writing style is so addicting and it easily kept me captivated. I think that her writing was very potent and stronger than it was in DIMILY and I look forward to seeing her writing develop further in her future writings.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel! I thought it was better than the first book and I’m very much looking forward to reading the last book in this trilogy (I need it, like, now). The cliffhanger broke my heart, but I appreciate the author taking such a plunge with the story and I cannot wait to see how Eden and Tyler’s story ends (hopefully happily… because… if it’s not a happy ending then I don’t know what I will do).


4.5 Stars


So, if you’ve read Did I Mention I Need You?, what did you think about it? Comment below!

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