Review: Coast by Jay McLean

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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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This book was all about the feels, both good and bad. I really enjoyed Coast, it might not have gutted me in ways that previous Jay McLean books did but I enjoyed the story. Becca is a terrible, hot mess; it seems she takes one step forward and one step back. There were moments when I wanted to slap her and tell her to get over herself but I was so happy by the end of the book to see that she had so much personal growth over the course of the story.

Tommy practically grew up before my eyes and overall, Josh is still a dreamboat. He is resilient, determined, loving, and above all, patient. There were literally scenes when I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. When Tommy called a certain someone a butt-sniffer I was on the verge of tears from laughter. The story of Josh and Becca is also heartbreaking but inspiring to know that regardless of how much bad life can throw at you (and believe me Becca gets it dumped on her) there can still be good.

The ending was perfect, and it was absolutely everything I wanted. It left me with a smile on my face and it just felt right. The closing of this book and series, it was perfect. I would have loved to see more of Josh’s friends; however, I understand completely that Coast was more Becca’s story than Joshs.


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.


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