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Title: Kick, Push
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: August 4, 2015
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.
We first met Josh in Where the Road Takes Me, and I knew right away that I wanted more of his story. Needless to say, I was beyond excited when Jay announced that Josh’s story would be told in Kick Push. This book was absolutely amazing.
At age 17, Josh had an ideal life: Hunter, his best friend who was more like a brother, two parents who loved and supported him, a great girlfriend, and a serious love of skateboarding. All was well until his girlfriend Natalie dropped a bomb on him when she told him she was pregnant. In an instant, all of his plans for his future changed, but for Josh, his love for Natalie and their unborn child was enough for him to overcome anything. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for Natalie, and Josh soon finds himself a homeless single dad. Just when it seems like everyone except for Hunter has turned their backs on him, support from a stranger sets forth a series of events that will change his life in the most unexpected ways.
Becca has had a less than ideal life. Soon after graduating high school, she finds herself leaving behind everything she knows to go live with her grandmother. Becca is quiet, shy, and reserved, and doesn’t speak much. She keeps everyone, including her grandmother, at a distance to protect herself. The only person that Becca seems comfortable being around is Josh’s son Tommy. The more time Becca spends with Tommy, she slowly begins spending time with Josh as well. Even though she feels drawn to Josh and is becoming more comfortable around him, there are parts of herself that she wants to keep hidden.
When Josh’s past comes back to haunt him, it unexpectedly causes demons from Becca’s past to resurface as well. They both have issues that they have to deal with, and unfortunately, these are things that they have to do on their own. Will they find their way back to each other or do they have to heal on their own?
Kick Push is a beautifully written story. It tells of love, heartbreak, family, friendship, healing, and self-discovery. Jay truly outdid herself with this book. 5 well deserved stars.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.