The Half Life of Ryan Davis


I literally just finished this whole book in one sitting, that right there should tell you to go find the book and read it right away! The Half Life of Davis is about a young boy named Ryan whose sister Mallory has recently gone missing. When the book starts it has been three years since her disappearance and everyone assumes that she is dead, which is probab I received The Half Life of Ryan Davis by Melinda Szymanik for review from Readers Say Reviews, and these are my honest thoughts about it.

When the book starts it has been three years since her disappearance and everyone assumes that she is dead, which is probably the easiest thing to assume instead of hoping for her to come back everyday. I have to say I really enjoyed the story of Ryan's life after his sister's disappearance.

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At first I thought that it would depress me because the book would just be a sob story about her being kidnapped, but it was not at all and I am happy about that. I understand that she was upset about losing her oldest daughter but even so she was an absolutely terrible mother to her two remaining kids.

In the beginning of the book her attitude seemed bearable because of the circumstances but as the book went on I grew more and more disgusted with the way she was treating Ryan, I felt very sorry for him. I almost wish I could have jumped in the book and screamed at her myself! Overall it gets a 5 out of 5 stars I will definitely check out more books by this author in the future!

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The Half Life of Ryan Davis has 69 ratings and 24 reviews. Phillip said: This is a great, fast paced read that kept me guessing until the end. Was Ryan's. The disappearance and presumed death of Ryan's older sister Mallory three years earlier has had a profound effect on Ryan's family and his life. His parent's .

Jan 25, Miss Wilson rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Some YA books are written for both teenagers and adults but I feel this is better suited for the teenager. Ryan does speak with some wisdom, perhaps beyond his years: Kim, Alex, Dad, Mum how she used to be and Mallory, who took 'normal' with her that day three years ago when she vanished.

The best two chapters in this book are 13 and 14 when the rawness of a teenager's voice is captured well and the developing unrest of the mother-and-son relationship comes to a head: It wasn't that she was too fast for me. What I disliked was the final few words which summed up 'what happened next' to each character, like you get when watching a movie. As a reader, I am capable of realising the fate of the mother, especially after her earlier 'out-of-character' comment, "I'll fix you.

It was my mother's.

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I think I'm slowly figuring out how to step out of it. Mar 28, Angela Oliver rated it really liked it Shelves: It was also a good, quick read that essentially hooked me from the start and kept me reading it til the end. Of course, it helps that today being Easter friday, it is a good opportunity to catch up on some reading.

For a woman, Szymanik seems to know how a teenage boy's brain works pretty well. Or at least enough to convince me. Ryan is your typical fifteen year old - he's got his best friend, Alex, he likes to hang o This is the first Pear Jam book I've read that is actually set in New Zealand. Ryan is your typical fifteen year old - he's got his best friend, Alex, he likes to hang out in the skate park pulling tricks on his bike and he's starting to take an interest in girls. He'd a like a job so he can earn some money of his own, and he has the occasional clash with his mother.

I really liked his relationship with his little sister, Gemma, in which he takes a protective stance. However, they are both living in the shadow of their older sister, Mallory, who vanished some three years ago and with no closure.

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Add that to the fact that a stranger seems to be stalking Ryan and hanging around the house - could the kidnapper have returned to take another victim? There were a few typesetting errors though.

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Jul 19, Olivia Eagles-smith rated it really liked it. I decided to read this book because it looked like a really interesting book and my friend recomended it to me. Something new in this book that I learnt is, that you should never give up in hope of finding the truth. This book was from the category 'A New Zealand author'. I like this category because, I really like New Zealand authors. My favorite quote in this book is, "Apparently my older sister Mallory was perfect. When really Mallory hated her mum and in the end ran away from home, because she kept getting punished for doing bad things.

The character that said this quote, I found intresting because, Ryan is always trying so hard to stay up to his parents expectations then finally he gives up and rans away, when his mum decideds to lock him in his room at night. I really like this book. Feb 23, Sweetp-1 rated it really liked it Shelves: Book Loving Kiwis challenge by a NZ author. This is a fast paced YA novel set in NZ. Ryan's been living in the shadow of his older sister Mallory who suddenly went missing three years ago.

This is a coming of age story but with a few unexpected twists and turns. What I really loved was the authentic feeling teenage voice. Perhaps so much of the YA I read is US-centric and that is why this read so believably for me, but I loved how normal he sounded, how nervous he got talking to the girl he lik Book Loving Kiwis challenge by a NZ author. Perhaps so much of the YA I read is US-centric and that is why this read so believably for me, but I loved how normal he sounded, how nervous he got talking to the girl he liked, how he described going to the skate park.

The girlfriend part was handled so well and actually felt like a teenager finding their way yay!! There is a real sense of mystery as things unfurl, and though I struggled a bit with the plausibility of some of the 'wrapping up' at the end, overall this was a great, well written YA book. Jan 27, Danielle rated it liked it Shelves: What started off pretty boring and uneventful ended on a pretty interesting, not to mention happy note. Even though nothing totally eventful happened till the last couple pages it had me excited.

The book started out slow and it dragged on nearly immposible to enjoy, but it was a quick read and only took me a couple of hours once i actually sat down to read it. Eventually it What started off pretty boring and uneventful ended on a pretty interesting, not to mention happy note.

Eventually it all became pretty fast paced and rushed and before i knew it it was over. SO if you have a few hours on your hands and you want something quick with a little bit of a twist this would be a pretty good book to kill time with.

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Mar 23, Bridget rated it really liked it. Great teenage boy fiction. Knocked it off in a few hours, but they were a few hours well spent.

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For the past three years Ryan feels like he has been living in a parallel world - everything that happened before three years ago is the world of his family, and the past three years have been the world where his oldest sister Mallory vanished and his family fell apart. I think I'm slowly figuring out how to step out of it. However, they are both living in the shadow of their older sister, Mallory, who vanished some three years ago and with no closure. An outstanding book by an accomplished author which will be enjoyed by either gender. October 8, Sold by:

Ryan is struggling to cope with a controlling Mum and an absent Dad. His only ally at home is his little sister. This family is in crisis because the eldest sibling went missing eighteen months ago. Just disappeared without trace. And now those left behind must live in an atmosphere of anxiety and dispair. All this means life is horrible for Ryan. He is stifled and unable to have any kind of life outi Great teenage boy fiction. He is stifled and unable to have any kind of life outisde of home.

He isn't allowed to have a job, meet his friends and girlfriends are right out of order. Apr 01, Kathleen Dixon rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an excellent book! Like several other reviewers on goodreads, I read it in one sitting. Ryan's growing up is described so well - he's trying to work out how to be Kim's boyfriend; he's starting to discover that there's more to people like mothers and sisters than you see on the surface; he's seeing his best friend from more than one angle.

All these things are caught within trying to live in the shadow of his "perfect" older sister, Mallory, who disappeared 3 years ago. Mar 30, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: The fact that I read this book in an afternoon says it all really. I couldn't put it down. The plot moved quickly and the themes were relevant for young adults. I very quickly warmed to the main character, Ryan, and his little sister, Gemma. I really had no idea how the book would end, and I was quite surprised at the turn it took.

Well done, Melinda Szymanik. Thank you for a great read. Jun 23, Lynn rated it really liked it. Great book, really well written main character- and I can't write moreas I don't want to ruin what happens, but I didn't expect it - fantastic! Jun 22, Jack rated it it was amazing. This is a brilliant book and I really enjoyed reading it. Oct 21, Adele Broadbent rated it really liked it. Great story, great action and mystery. Mar 15, Read for your future!

Read Cindi's review here: Ms Unknown rated it it was amazing Feb 16, Cynthia rated it liked it Oct 11, Kerry rated it liked it Jan 12, Fahad rated it liked it Jan 18, Kristin rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Julie Scott rated it it was amazing Jan 08, My most recent children's novel was the middle grade historical, 'A Winter's Day in ' Scholastic published in I write for young adults, children of all ages and have published novels, picture books and have short stories in anthologies and educational publications. Books by Melinda Szymanik.

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Anyways ever since she's been gone Ryan's mom has been desperate for Mallory to come back, it gets so bad that she literally starts comparing everything Ryan and his younger sister Gemma do to their older sister which as you can imagine get's really unbearable for them. I have to say I really enjoyed the story of Ryan's life after his sister's disappearance.

At first I thought that it would depress me because the book would just be a sob story about her being kidnapped, but it was not at all and I am happy about that. Ryan seems like a normal teenage boy he has his best friend Alex and his girlfriend Kim to stand by him yes he has his problems with both these people but what teenage boy doesn't? But there was a lot more to Ryan than meets the eye, he is having some crazy problems at home dealing with his crazy mother and I don't blame him for feeling the way he does during the book.

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Let's just talk about Ryan's mother for a minute. I understand that she was upset about losing her oldest daughter but even so she was an absolutely terrible mother to her two remaining kids. In the beginning of the book her attitude seemed bearable because of the circumstances but as the book went on I grew more and more disgusted with the way she was treating Ryan, I felt very sorry for him. I almost wish I could have jumped in the book and screamed at her myself!