It’s the final part of the Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy. We made it. Eden’s going home for the summer. Home isn’t what it used to be. It’s where she’s now the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons, she alone dealing with the fallout of her and Tyler’s relationship, being the gossip on people’s lips. He always said he’d come back – but what happens when he does and she’s moved on? The pain has been replaced by anger.
Did I Mention I Miss You? is just as readable as all the other books. Had I not had actual plans over the weekend, this would have been finished days ago, because apparently reading when people want to talk to you is a rude thing. So, here we are.
DIMILY was an addictive page-turner, yet had its issues in the genre in the sense that it bowed to the bad-boy-good-girl tropes (I have long waited for books to dodge these tropes, but have rarely enjoyed a book so much alongside them as I did here); DIMINY wrapped it all up in a neat little package where it maturely picked apart the co-dependency and took the series in a direction I didn’t imagine, but inside hoped (hurrah, someone did it!). So rather than fall immediately into the series wholeheartedly, I fell in with a few final cards kept to my chest, a few points that I held out on – bit by bit, the series took them all and handled them. I raved about the ending of the second book far and wide.
So the third had me intrigued. DIMIMY almost removed the couple. It’s not just about them – it’s never just about them. Their families are falling apart, relationships strained, people striking out. Marriages are on the brink of collapse, parents coming into fire whether rightly or wrongly. Even friendships start to wobble: I thought you meant what you said?
The DIMILY trilogy is, basically, really good. It’s readable, it fits in the genre, but it also takes it all on in a way you hope others do. It gets ugly. People need to find and be themselves, not be part of a pair. They stand their ground. Most impressively, they grow. Three years in three books, and they all grow. Everyone.
So yes, they were head over heels mindlessly as teenagers, but move it forward a few years and it’s all different. [This would be where I insert major spoilers to make my case. But I won’t]. There’s still impulsiveness, still a little bit of madness, but everything is grounded in a wider context beyond the two, and done far more maturely (both character-wise, and the approach to the book in general). If you’ve followed Tyler and Eden this far, then you’ll love the last part of their journey. Maybe turn your pages slightly slower than I did, because it’s now over far too quickly.
It’s been a while since I finished a book series. It’s been a while since I did so and felt sad. It’s definitely the first time I’ve followed a couple through a series with such speed, and y’know, I think I might miss having these books to look forward to. DIMIMY is definitely worth the wait
21st July 2016 | Black & White Publishing