The Reluctant Blogger
by Ryan Rapier
By Wick, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Ryan Rapier's book tells a great humorous story, with several male characters as the centerpiece dealing with current topics. I laughed along with the characters. Quick read, and couldn't put it down ...and I rarely read fiction ...but this one was worth it. Great Christmas gift idea. I hope Ryan Rapier writes another book!
By Tammie , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this book in just under a week. Great flow. Love the characters. Easy read. I would recommend.
By deanna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I definitely recommend this book... Makes me want to have my own blog! I wanted to read this because of the Author. I missed his book signing, but was very fortunate to find a book to purchase. I really enjoyed reading. It is an easy read, and I didn't want to put it down. So relatable to many parts of my life time. I especially enjoyed it being an LDS read without all the syrupy love and religious phrases. It was a great love story, and I don't do love stories. Thought provoking and delightful!
By Mindy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
5 out of 5 stars. I found this book very moving and enjoyable. I took my time reading this because I didn't want it to end. I grew to love Todd, his kids, Emily, Todd's mother and father, and especially Dr. Schenk. Ryan does an incredible job of character development and telling a great story. I liked how he was able to work in "flashback" scenes, while still keeping my attention on the present. When we first meet Todd, he is struggling with the loss of his wife. He is seeing Dr. Schenk, and the good doctor is very frustrated with Todd. He suggests to Todd that he start writing a blog to try to help him express his feelings. I thought this was very clever. Life throws some lemons at Todd and I enjoyed how he made his lemonade. There are some very funny moments and moments that you will need a tissue.
By rhonda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Boy this book draws out the emotions for me. I laughed and cried. Saw myself in a few of the situations and having some of the same feelings. In other characters I saw people who made the same choices. It was real to me. Ryan touched a lot of hard topics in one LDS book.
I am a widow and faced a lot of the same feelings and situations as Todd faced.
Todd is the main character who is having a hard time coping with his wife's death. He was facing depression and went for help. But he is having a hard time asking and talking about what he is facing.
Since Todd has troubles opening to his Dr. He is asked to write a blog about what he is feeling and what is going on with his life. It will be just between the two of them.
A lot of the book is set in the Dr. office and writing about what is going on around him and how he handles certain problems.
Todd is a father of three little kids. He is struggling with his feelings and with the people around him.
I don't want to say much about the other problems that happen in the book that he has to learn how to cope. Sometimes I agree with him and others I personally made other choices. I think in a lot of ways Todd made better choices.
It will definitely make you think about different reactions and situations that come up. Have tissue handy.
This ebook was given to me to read and in exchange I was asked to give honest review from NetGalley and Cedar Fort
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What an amazing, beautifully-told, inspiring story!
I LOVE the subtitle...When LIFE gives you LEMONS ~ make a BLOG!
You will be drawn in and follow the roller-coaster called life with its ups and downs and bumpy curves.
You will learn that family and friends are most important no matter what and along the way you will realize that faith and hope keep us grounded and that a truly loving Heavenly Father keeps us lifted.
Painfully evident are life's struggles, yet somehow we all get through them and move forward....
And it is okay if we sometimes need a little help from a psychiatrist or a blog.
By Dawn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this book by my own choice. I know the author and have followed his own personal blog leading up to the publication of his book. His witty writing there, made me want to buy the book. Other reviews give the gist of the story. A recent widower struggling with depression and the relationships in his life, reluctantly begins blogging because his shrink threatens to drop him.
Ryan has an ability to write that connects. I related to situations and characters in the book. The story has great pacing, the conversations and situations are realistic, and I liked that the book was decidedly LDS but not so churchy that it was dripping with religious sanctimony or platitudes.
An emotionally stirring feel good book. Go get it now.