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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER by Ryan Rapier (Ceder Fort, Aug 2013)

Publication Date: August 2013

From Amazon: Blogging was the last thing Todd Landry expected his psychiatrist to recommend in dealing with his wife's death. But his aversion to therapy demands drastic measures, and Todd soon finds himself writing about his sometimes-humorous struggles with single parenthood, dating, and shattered expectations. With each blog entry, Todd lets his guard down and discovers that perhaps he can find love once again.

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: LDS, Romance, General Fiction
Length: 432 pgs.

Rating: **+ (It was okay and some)

Review: I struggled with how to rate this one. I hate giving under 3 stars, but I also have to be honest about how I felt about this book. As an author myself, I know what  two-star rating feels like. Let's just say, it wasn't my kind of book and that's why, not because it's badly written. (I don't review badly written, one- or two-star books here. If I give a low rating, it's because of a personal preference, not because of writing.)
I read a lot of books from Cedar Fort and I picked out this one because it seemed like an interesting twist. Told in the form of blogs and from a guy's point-of-view. Which, the rating is not because of that. I think that the writer did a good job of telling it through blogs and I liked seeing a romance from a guy POV. I'm a fan of that. This book dealt with some heavy stuff, which, we all know, that's not really up my alley, so that might contribute to the lower rating. It did, however, move me. Seriously moved me to tears multiple times. It compelled me to the end, and I always think a book that does that is well written. I found a few things hard to believe. The MC had two best friends and between all three of them they each had MAJOR trials to work through pretty much at the same time, which doesn't seem realistic to me.

Check out Ryan Rapier's blog
Find more books from Cedar Fort.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I just saw that you reviewed this. I'm on the tour and my post will go live tomorrow. I actually liked it a lot more than you did, but I think some of that had to do with how I connected to some of the things and I really loved the sarcasm. It brought me to tears too. :)

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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