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[Book Review] When Ryan Came Back

21874749When Ryan Came Back

Devon McCormack

What rating would you give it?
3/3.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

What did you think of the book?

My actual rating is around a 3, maybe 3.5 stars because it was okay, even if it wasn’t the greatest. I doubt I’ll ever forget it, but I probably won’t be reading it again anytime soon.

Overall, this book was alright. A sort of typical angsty teen-mystery thing with a “gay twist,” if that’s what you want to call it. I doubt I’d recommend it to anyone, unless they were really, REALLY curious. The ridiculously slow parts in the middle and beginning as well as that abrupt and rushed ending really didn’t help it any, so frankly I’m not that impressed.

However, it wasn’t a bad book. The writing was decent enough, and the story – though not particularly original – was interesting enough as well. I think I probably wanted more than just a teen melodrama, but as a YA book, I suppose it’s to be expected. (I haven’t really read too many YA books that don’t seem to focus on that, as though it’s the only thing to being a teenager. But whatever. Moving right along.) I was VERY happy with the outcome of the ending though – even if it was abrupt. I sort of wished we had gotten the chance to see more of that instead of all the other seemingly pointless run-around.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Not particu—WELL. I’d only say, be prepared for some really, really pointless filler action. You will read through areas that are solely there to fill pages. Mark my words. :/

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! For a whole bunch~ xD

Would you recommend this book?

Ehhh….

maybe

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 230
Genre & Themes: Love, Love Beyond The Grave,
M/M Romance, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI,
Paranormal, Ghosts & Spirits, Suicide, Murder,
Mystery, YA, Contemporary, Crazy Adults and
Equally Crazy Teens, Jealousy, Young/Old
Relationship & Sex, Mention of Underage Sex,
Mental Health Issues, High School Politics
Age: Young Adult (YA)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provide by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (8),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Monthly Motifs & Keyword Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
105 Reading Challenge2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss
Reading Challenge
Ethereal 2015,
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“Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering?
Life, which you look for, you will never find.
For when the gods created man, they let
death be his share, and life
withheld in their own hands.
Gilgamesh, fill your belly,
Day and night make merry,
let days be full of joy,
dance and make music day and night.
And wear fresh clothes,
And wash your head and bathe.
Look at the child that is holding your hand,
And let your wife delight in your embrace.
These things alone are the concern of men.”

— Siduri (The Epic of Gilgamesh)