I am a noisy reader.
My husband is always asking me “what’s wrong?” or “what’s so funny” and then when he sees that I’m holding a book he says, “Oh, you’re reading.” I get so into the book that I don’t notice that I’m laughing or gasping out loud and sometimes those characters just need to be told what’s up!
I don’t usually cry when I’m reading but let me tell you, you are going to want to have at least one box of tissues handy because I have never cried so much reading a book as I have when I read “The Reluctant Blogger” by Ryan Rapier.
“The Reluctant Blogger” is about Todd, who unexpectedly loses his wife after 15 years of marriage. Finding himself unable to pull his life back together, Todd finds himself in therapy.
When he won’t talk to his therapist he is given the ultimatum to either write a blog or be kicked out of therapy. Desperate to get the help he needs, Todd reluctantly starts writing.
Ryan writes about his father who thinks he should remarry right away, his friends who are struggling with their own problems, his three kids and his foray back into the singles scene. Through it all, Todd learns a lot about not only himself but the people that he loves.
Like I mentioned before, this is a very emotional book with more than enough opportunities to get chocked up, but that does not take away from the story. “The Reluctant Blogger” is very well written, the story and the characters have depth and meaning and I was able to pick out a few different themes.
“Overall I think the book’s main theme is redemption,” explained Rapier. “Another one of the messages of the book is right and wrong is right and wrong, but so many of the things we try to make black and white just aren’t. We place expectations on ourselves that aren’t realistic. All of us need redemption, regardless of where we are at in our lives. We need it from things that culture or ourselves place on us because we think that is what we are supposed to live up to. If you can find a way to move past those, you might find that life is a little happier and a little easier than sometimes we make it out to be.”
The scenes I enjoyed the most were Todd’s therapy sessions. When the therapist is talking to Todd about his relationship with his father I felt like I was getting my own personal therapy session as well. I wondered if Rapier had studied psychology or if he was just more well-adjusted than the average person.
“My mother was a child therapist,” he told me, “and she and I had a lot of talks regarding behaviors and how people don’t want to face the fact that their issues stem from their own behavior.”
Another thing I really liked about “The Reluctant Blogger” was how Rapier wrote Todd’s struggles with dating a new woman after his wife died. I felt that he wrote it more realistically than other books I have read that dealt with the same subject.
“The Reluctant Blogger” is appropriate for all ages. It is an LDS novel and does contain a lot of religious references.
Rapier (pronounced ruh-pier) is an Arizona native and currently lives in Thatcher, Ariz., with his wife and kids.
“The Reluctant Blogger” was released August of this year and is Rapier’s first novel.
“I wanted to write a book from the day I graduated college,” explained Rapier. “One day I realized I was getting close to 40. I decided if I have goals I need to find out if I can actually do them.”
When asked about future books, Rapier said, “I will commit to one more” and then he will see where things go from there.
More information about Rapier can be found on his blog at ryansrapierwit.com.
“The Reluctant Blogger,” as well as most all other books reviewed, can be obtained through local book stores.