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When 19-year-old Ryan walks away from a car accident and is forced out of his dream apartment on the same night, he feels his life spinning out of control. Just when it seems he’s regained his footing, the sudden death of Darren, his best friend and crush, sends him reeling toward a harsh realization: in order to survive his new world, he’ll have to leave the naïve, cautio When 19-year-old Ryan walks away from a car accident and is forced out of his dream apartment on the same night, he feels his life spinning out of control. Just when it seems he’s regained his footing, the sudden death of Darren, his best friend and crush, sends him reeling toward a harsh realization: in order to survive his new world, he’ll have to leave the naïve, cautious version of himself behind. With the help of sexy former rival Brandon, and spicy coworker Meredith, Ryan embarks on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. But as he navigates friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, and grief, he might just burn more bridges than he builds. All of it begs the question: Will he emerge from his metamorphosis as a butterfly? Or a hideous moth? Ryan’s education is ultimately a story about striving to be more than the sum of one’s experiences, while searching for the most elusive type of love: the kind that comes from within.


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When 19-year-old Ryan walks away from a car accident and is forced out of his dream apartment on the same night, he feels his life spinning out of control. Just when it seems he’s regained his footing, the sudden death of Darren, his best friend and crush, sends him reeling toward a harsh realization: in order to survive his new world, he’ll have to leave the naïve, cautio When 19-year-old Ryan walks away from a car accident and is forced out of his dream apartment on the same night, he feels his life spinning out of control. Just when it seems he’s regained his footing, the sudden death of Darren, his best friend and crush, sends him reeling toward a harsh realization: in order to survive his new world, he’ll have to leave the naïve, cautious version of himself behind. With the help of sexy former rival Brandon, and spicy coworker Meredith, Ryan embarks on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. But as he navigates friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, and grief, he might just burn more bridges than he builds. All of it begs the question: Will he emerge from his metamorphosis as a butterfly? Or a hideous moth? Ryan’s education is ultimately a story about striving to be more than the sum of one’s experiences, while searching for the most elusive type of love: the kind that comes from within.

54 review for The Education of Ryan Gregori

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin Kress

    I’m not really a “genre” reader—I like to sample a little of everything—and this is the type of story that really transcends genre. Yes, it’s LGBT fiction in that that’s one facet of the main character’s identity, but it’s so much more than that. This is a story about friendship, about love, about all the different ways we can betray the people we care about most, and about finding ourselves in a world that wants to tell us who we are. And—in light of Ryan’s real passion—it’s a love song to self I’m not really a “genre” reader—I like to sample a little of everything—and this is the type of story that really transcends genre. Yes, it’s LGBT fiction in that that’s one facet of the main character’s identity, but it’s so much more than that. This is a story about friendship, about love, about all the different ways we can betray the people we care about most, and about finding ourselves in a world that wants to tell us who we are. And—in light of Ryan’s real passion—it’s a love song to self-acceptance. Ryan’s voice is honest and raw and completely relatable. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s been in (or out of) a relationship, anyone who’s experienced loss and how it seeps into every corner, anyone who’s ever been unsatisfied with themselves or the direction of their life—really, everyone. Great read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rian Durant

    "...the pressure it took to turn coals into diamonds..." Scrolling through my kindle today, I realized this is one of the best books I've read in the past few years. The Education of Ryan Gregori is a coming of age story but it is not one of those you can get a dime a dozen. It is well-thought-of, deeply felt and unbelievably relatable, which fascinated me from the very beginning and carried me through to the last page. This novel is about that period of every young person's life, when, in order t "...the pressure it took to turn coals into diamonds..." Scrolling through my kindle today, I realized this is one of the best books I've read in the past few years. The Education of Ryan Gregori is a coming of age story but it is not one of those you can get a dime a dozen. It is well-thought-of, deeply felt and unbelievably relatable, which fascinated me from the very beginning and carried me through to the last page. This novel is about that period of every young person's life, when, in order to really become a person, they have to break up with the known and spread their wings to search in the outer world, as well as within themselves the drive that will lead them forward. It is also about the struggle it takes to go on when the wings you were supposed to spread get broken by a tragedy you never imagined. It's a mix of profound ideas on life and a narrative of it being lived to its fullest. There are crushes and heartbreak, lust, indulgence and regret, the desire to take a bite of the forbidden fruit and walk on the edge, and the realization that ultimately, it all boils down to love - to learn loving yourself in order to truly love others. If I have to point out something I didn't like - I wanted to kick Ryan's a** (more than) a few times. Not because of the choices he made and the boundaries he crossed, which didn't bother me because they were so true to young, curious and open-minded people's experience, but because he was so much more than he gave himself credit for. I wanted him to be more confident and more assertive from the very beginning but... well, he had to pass through his cocoon stage, I suppose. The other characters were a fine bunch and I totally fell for Max, Meredith, Alice, Brandon and the dynamics of all relationships. So much so that, while reading it, the only thing I wanted is to have a fortune to fund a TV series based on the novel. (I still want it!) In this series I would've probably missed one thing, though - the beauty of the book's language - very much like notes strung in a melody. I learnt about this book on first place because I've been following the author's blog for some time now (I mean really following and very much enjoying reading each post, not just having it on some "follow" list). In The Education of Ryan Gregori Mr. Josephs undoubtedly pours his skill as a writer and his love of beauty - the beauty of nature, of the way someone holds his cigarette, of the first snow and the first love. From this combination blossoms a novel which is worth reading, and not only once.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    2.5 The cover is great and eye-catching. The story itself wasn't for me: too much tell-don't-show, too many dreams sequences, which I deeply dislike, as I dislike flashbacks, unnecessary details and scenes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I found “The Education of Ryan Gregori” to be a down-to-earth and relatable read. I’m a couple of years out of college, on the tail end of my own first “metamorphosis" - so from the beginning, this story clicked with me on that level. The writing is thoughtful and well paced, and I found that this book was equally easy to pick up for a few minutes (reading during a quick breakfast) or settle into for longer stretches (like a lazy Sunday afternoon). What I appreciate most about this novel is that I found “The Education of Ryan Gregori” to be a down-to-earth and relatable read. I’m a couple of years out of college, on the tail end of my own first “metamorphosis" - so from the beginning, this story clicked with me on that level. The writing is thoughtful and well paced, and I found that this book was equally easy to pick up for a few minutes (reading during a quick breakfast) or settle into for longer stretches (like a lazy Sunday afternoon). What I appreciate most about this novel is that the relationships seem honest - characters don’t simply forgive and forget for the sake of “feel good” moments. Although the book is obviously focused on Ryan, I love that all of the characters have a history that then influences the way that they interact with one another. The result of this attention to detail is that there are very real moments of friendship, love, and loss present throughout the story. By the end of the novel, I had characters that I really liked - and I found myself hoping that Ryan would make the choices that would lead him to love and happiness. If you’re looking for an authentic coming-of-age tale with more than a dash of drama, this book is an excellent pick.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda L.

    I've not yet had the pleasure of enjoying the work of this author. Having just entered the Giveaway for this book, I'm hoping to rectify this situation. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I just HAD to mention just how much I LOVE the Cover for this Novel! The imagination that created this image...wow! Just, wow... Based on the synopsis for this book, a more perfect image could not have been chosen! KUDOS!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve Pacer

    This was a refreshing coming of age story that I didn't want to end! Of all the things I enjoyed about this book - and there are plenty to list - I think the realness and authenticity is what stays with me the most. Ryan Gregori is the protagonist of this novel, yes. But the way Josephs crafts Ryan's story makes him more than just a mere character. Along the way, Ryan became someone I knew. He grew into a friend, a family member, and perhaps even myself! Covering a period of time in which Ryan a This was a refreshing coming of age story that I didn't want to end! Of all the things I enjoyed about this book - and there are plenty to list - I think the realness and authenticity is what stays with me the most. Ryan Gregori is the protagonist of this novel, yes. But the way Josephs crafts Ryan's story makes him more than just a mere character. Along the way, Ryan became someone I knew. He grew into a friend, a family member, and perhaps even myself! Covering a period of time in which Ryan attempts to find himself, I was invested in his journey from page one, wondering what choices (both good and bad) he'd make along the way. The Education of Ryan Gregori succeeds in making you care about each and every aspect within its pages, from the characters, to the plot, and the setting. The character development is a true testament to Josephs's writing skills, as you aren't left questioning the believability of why Ryan made the choices he did, but simply how they will affect him going forward. I also absolutely loved how the book featured several LGBT characters who were entirely comfortable with their sexuality. I can't wait to read what Gregory Josephs writes next!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo

    This is simply an excellent book, no matter what angle I come at it. Maybe the main character is simply an emotionally stunted and sligthly psychologically confused young man but the plot is masterful in its simplicity. The author doesn’t exploit contrived angst or create additional conflicting situations to drive the plot, we know from the beginning that the main character has an extremely poor ability to communicate how he feels and that he confuses sex with love. The plot is slow like deep ri This is simply an excellent book, no matter what angle I come at it. Maybe the main character is simply an emotionally stunted and sligthly psychologically confused young man but the plot is masterful in its simplicity. The author doesn’t exploit contrived angst or create additional conflicting situations to drive the plot, we know from the beginning that the main character has an extremely poor ability to communicate how he feels and that he confuses sex with love. The plot is slow like deep river but also as powerful as one. The pace of the story is excellent. I guess my only compaint would be that there seems to be a lack of “average looking people” like in most books of this genre. It woud appear that most authors need to present their ideas only with guys who are at least above average looking. Aside from that, an excellent read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holland S.M.

    This book is not a genre I normally read, I prefer to read fast pace action. And explosions. Lots and lots of explosions...However...this was one of the most relatable stories that I have read in a long time...There were a few scenes that played out in this book that felt like a play by play of my personal life-did the author follow me around and take notes when I was 19/20?? ;). I connected to Ryan almost right away. I wanted to simultaneously hug and slap him! This book deals with suicide, loss, This book is not a genre I normally read, I prefer to read fast pace action. And explosions. Lots and lots of explosions...However...this was one of the most relatable stories that I have read in a long time...There were a few scenes that played out in this book that felt like a play by play of my personal life-did the author follow me around and take notes when I was 19/20?? ;). I connected to Ryan almost right away. I wanted to simultaneously hug and slap him! This book deals with suicide, loss, and self love. I was laughing and crying throughout the whole book.. with one long ugly cry at the end...I love that Ryan learned to be his own 'cake'. It was a realistic ending to a roller coaster of emotions.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    This book was both a captivating story and an enthralling trip down memory lane for anyone who was a twenty-something around the turn of the century. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the transformation of the main character, and closed the book feeling both proud of him, and nostalgic of my own coming-of-age story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luke F F.

    I really, really enjoyed this book. Greg Josephs should be exceptionally proud of this effort. I found myself buying into the story to such an extent that, at times, I really wanted to reach into the pages and shake some sense into Ryan. That said, I could also relate to many of the feelings he experienced! Having grown up in the same period as Ryan, I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I thought Gregori's description of place was particularly well done, too, as was the dialogue between t I really, really enjoyed this book. Greg Josephs should be exceptionally proud of this effort. I found myself buying into the story to such an extent that, at times, I really wanted to reach into the pages and shake some sense into Ryan. That said, I could also relate to many of the feelings he experienced! Having grown up in the same period as Ryan, I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I thought Gregori's description of place was particularly well done, too, as was the dialogue between the main characters. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Education of Ryan Gregori. Download it, have a read, and challenge your preconceptions!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Nicol

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    eric dyer

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    Brooke Langan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

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    Suzanne Martin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aussie54

  18. 4 out of 5

    Boris

  19. 4 out of 5

    Toni

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Aidan Whittel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bill Saunders

  22. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Anderson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gary Jones

  25. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  31. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  32. 4 out of 5

    Joan

  33. 5 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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    Jenn Fike

  37. 4 out of 5

    Katharine Adams

  38. 4 out of 5

    William Bitner Jr.

  39. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  40. 5 out of 5

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  41. 4 out of 5

    Emma Weiss

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    Carla

  43. 5 out of 5

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  44. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

  45. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Boyd

  46. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Yogerst

  47. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  48. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  49. 5 out of 5

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  50. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

  51. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

  52. 4 out of 5

    Louis

  53. 4 out of 5

    Karen Paradine

  54. 5 out of 5

    Denise Worley

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