Coast by Jay McLean-Amy’s Review

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I read this book for several reason.  One is because I would read anything Jay McLean writes.  Books, poem, song lyrics, shopping list….  Secondly because Kick Push (the first book in this series) was my number one read of 2015 so of course I needed to read book two and find out if Becca, Josh, and Tommy got their happy ending.


5 stars


One life-changing summer.
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.
Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

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These characters!! I feel like I know them, like I’m living their life with them. Feeling their pain and their joy. Basking in the warmth of their love and shivering in the wake of their fear.

Becca is by far one of the strongest characters I’ve read. She struggles but she never stops fighting. The growth we see in her is amazing. I literally found myself alternatively wanting to shake some sense into her and cheering her on as she navigated through love and life.

Josh has owned my heart since Kick Push, he is this single father, down on his luck kid who becomes an amazing man. He’s had his setbacks and made mistakes but he also learned from them and does what it takes to make it right.

The real stand out character in this book for me was Tommy. When Jay McLean writes children they aren’t some throw away character that pops in here or there. They are a main focus of the book and they are spectacular. Some of my favorite parts of this book were of Tommy imparting his childlike wisdom to the clueless adults around him.

Coast will capture your heart, it will make you think, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will stick with you long after you finish. It will do all these things because Jay poured her heart and soul into this book and these characters and it shows. A phenomenal book from start to finish.

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