The Reluctant Blogger

The Reluctant Blogger

by Ryan Rapier




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.

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ISBN-13: 9781462112548
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 4.25(h) x 7.00(d)

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The Reluctant Blogger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book on NetGalley I am ashamed to admit that I actually didn't request it. The title and cover threw me a little. Later the author contacted me regarding reviewing this book and joining this tour and that's when I read the summary and decided it sounded like a book I would really enjoy reading. I'm really glad that I did! I loved the voice of this book: the sarcasm, hope, and frankness of it. Todd is mad at God for taking his wife and having to deal with his current life. He continues living his religion, but he's depressed. He decides to go to a therapist to help with the depression, but he feels guilty about needing to go. Everyone wants him to move on–to find himself again, but he can't. Not without his deceased wife, Marci. His therapist can't get much out of him, so he has him set up a blog that only Todd and he have access to. It takes some time before Todd finally uses it. The feelings expressed in this were so close to what I have heard and seen in the church at times. People believe that they just need to live the gospel more fully to get where they want to be, but sometimes we all need additional help and there is nothing wrong with that. None of us are perfect either. I also have friends who are in their 30's and not married, and I was a little older, but definitely not old in any way when I got married, so I could relate to the whole singles thing. Then there is the process that Todd, his children, and his friends and family went through to grieve. I really liked how the author was able to express some of those things in a realistic way and let Todd and the other characters work through them. I liked reading Todd's posts, his experiences and thoughts. He was a great character. He was faced with a lot of challenges, not all of which were his own. I liked that the author let his characters make mistakes, even if I strongly disagreed with some of them (i.e. giving into Alex and treating Kevin as he did). I cried, I laughed, I sighed. His dad did get on my nerves sometimes as did his friend Jason, but they were both a part of Todd's life and had their own roles to play. I really liked the family dynamic with Todd's kids. I think they added so much to the story. I also could relate to Todd's background since I'm an Arizonan native and graduated from ASU. It was fun to read about some of the things he does and places mentioned. It was a great read and I was so pleased with how it all came together in the end. Here are a few excerpts/quotes that I liked. This first one refers to his family always giving service. I think we've probably all known people who give and give, but will never ask for help even when they desperately need it. :) We can provide service, but we never receive. I think it's in the family bylaws. Here is a good example of Todd's sarcasm. This just cracks me up! For weeks now my dreams have been haunted by a faceless menace. It's always there, and like a lion silently watching a defenseless zebra, I know it stalks me. Day after day I run, and night after night I hide, but from the beginning I've known: I will eventually fail, and when I do–I will become one of them. I'm frightened. Truly frightened. Okay, describing the LDS Single Adult organization that way could be construed as negative and cynical. . . Here is Todd's description of an ASU Institute event to kick off the start of the fall semester. I love the whole commentator concept with this where it sounds like you're watching a nature show. So true too. Commentator: (British accent of course) "The freshman boy is by far the most aggressive. You can see how he fearlessly attempts to flirt with the females of the herd. However, his inability to gain attention is mystifying to him. Slick lines and smooth moves that achieved great levels of success just months ago in his adolescent nesting ground no longer seem to have any effect here in the harsh, real-world environs. What he does not now understand is that he lacks the designation of having served as a missionary. Not holding this Returned Missionary status removes all interest on the part of the females in the herd." Then there's this part when Todd goes on a date with Emily and gets simultaneously soaked and injured for about the third time when out with her. The series of events that lead up to this and then the entirety of what happens is pretty humorous. When I returned, I was mostly dry and again able to walk without a visible limp. I found Emily seated at our freshly cleaned table with her head buried in her hands. Sliding back into my side of the both, I gently asked, "Are you okay?" "Take me home . . . before I accidentally kill you." If you're looking for a fun, yet touching, and at parts romantic LDS book, then I would definitely recommend this! Content: Clean. Source: I received a copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS 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. Published August 13th 2013 by Bonneville Cedar Fort INC. 432 pages ISBN:1462112544
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, at first, made me a little uncomfortable - but only because there were topics in LDS religious culture that are usually considered taboo and avoided. But as I continued to read I realized how brilliant Ryan Rapier was in bringing these common and realistic topics to light in an enjoyable and humorous story. Everyone experiences these topics in one form or another, and has to navigate through them, so why not relate to the reader and not take ourselves too seriously all at the same time? The key to our success is not how we tip toe around things, but rather how we take an active role in our lives and therefore manage those relevant experiences in a healthy way within the framework of our faith and our most cherished relationships. I would definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that I love this Book Cover. It tells a story all by itself. Todd Landry is the reluctant blogger, His wife passed away four months ago, leaving him miserably lonely with three children to raise,  a father, who thinks he has all the answers, and a loving, sympathetic mother.  Todd's situation led him to the Physiologist, Dr. Schenk, who, after all efforts failed in getting him to express his feelings, gave Todd  the assignment of blogging every day. In each blog, he was to express his feelings. Thus Todd Landry became the reluctant blogger. Todd takes the reader through more than a year of blogging his story, and a good story it is. Take the time to read this book. I promise you It will be worth every minute.