Ryan Revisited by Sam Davis
When you don’t have any idea who you are, how do you decide who you want to be?
Who is Ryan Ester? The Southern-belle-in-training her estranged father wants her to be? The laid-back Montana girl she became after her parents’ divorce? Or someone she has to discover on her own?
Ryan Ester may not know who she is, but she sure as heck knows who she doesn’t want to become. As she tries to navigate scandal, heartache, and the unbearable pressure to look and act perfect every waking second, she resents being pushed by everyone who wants to decide for her. For the sake of her own sanity and the hearts of those she cares most about, she will have to find a way to forge her own path.
RYAN REVISITED is the story of a young woman’s search for identity. For serenity. For the perfect landing spot for her aching heart.
Author’s Note: RYAN REVISITED is also suitable for Mature YA readers as it does not contain graphic sexual situations.
“You’re changing, Ryan. This isn’t you.”
“If you’re so disgusted with my choices and you think I’ve changed so much, then why do you even keep talking to me?”
“Because I keep thinking ...” Manny looked into my eyes. “I keep hoping I’m wrong.”
“You just don’t understand. You don’t understand how it is,” I told him.
“I’m not trying to interfere in your life, Ryan. I get that you have a life at U South that doesn’t include me, one I don’t fit into.”
“No, you don’t get it. I don’t live a double life.”
“Don’t worry about it, Ryan. I’ll stay in the life where I belong—I won’t try to find a place in your other one.”
“Don’t be so dramatic.” Before I could stop my father’s words, they came out at Manny.
“Who are you, Ryan?”
How could he say that to me? After everything I was so honest about with him, how could he?
I turned around and walked to my room, slamming the door behind me. Refusing to ever hear Manny ask me that again.
Ryan is a southern belle on a journey of self-discovery as she sets off for college - ex in tow. A girl with daddy issues who is lost describes Ryan to a tee. She would like to please her dad but he's never around and she spends a lot of her time trying to fit into a mold in order to gain his attention. The truth is she had found herself - who she was and who she was meant to be - until her dad messed with her mind.
The truth is Ryan is just a girl, a normal girl. She's a good friend and a talented writer, she just struggles to fit in. But during her freshman year of college Ryan finds herself discovering who she really is and who she wants to be with - if he'll have her.
Ryan Revisited is a beautifully written tale of self-discovery, love, and entering adulthood. Sam Davis has crafted such wonderful and engaging characters that readers cannot help but relate to. I really liked the setting and the southern feel of the college and Ryan's friends.
Ryan Revisited is a great coming of age book and it was a joy to read. I definitely recommend this book.
Sam Davis loves to write tucked away in her cave with a large sweet iced tea and the occasional (grossly understated) chocolate vice. She lives in Texas now with her hunky husband and three young daughters, but she was born in Georgia and went to high school under the beautiful Big Sky of Montana. Due to Sam’s nearly alarming obsessive personality and lack of gumption to act her age, she spends too much time reading YA and NA books, watching the CW, using emoticons and hashtags, shopping at Nordstrom BP, and writing anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere. She loves to eat, Jillian Michaels (in that order), Nutella, going to the movies, the written word, Jesus, Auburn football, Ron Pope, Big Sky Country, and every kind of person.