Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: The Impact of You by Kendall Ryan

Title: The Impact of You
Author: Kendall Ryan
Pages: 324 pages
Format acquired: eBook (Kindle)
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn’t. Yet she can’t deny how alive she feels when he’s near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer.

Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life’s served up. Determined to drive away the painful secret she’s guarding, he appoints himself her life coach, and challenges her to new experiences. Getting close to her and being the one to make her smile are simply perks of the job. 

But when Avery’s past boldly saunters in, refusing to be forgotten, can Jase live with the truth about the girl he’s fallen for?
(Image and summary taken from Goodreads.)


The Impact of You is one of those cute and feel-good books that you can't help but enjoy. I adored this book; right from the characters to the overall plot. It's not to say that it's a completely new idea, but it was still fresh and definitely fun to read. Kendall Ryan wrote not only a sweet and enjoyable novel, but one a reader will cherish and appeal to. Avery and Jase's journey to recovery and forgiveness was both long and filled with obstacles but they pulled through, but it was all worth it in the end.

The way Avery was first introduced, you would already know that she's got a secret but as to what it is, you'll really have to read on. It was pretty shocking reading that about her because she seemed like such a sweet and innocent girl, but I guess we all have skeletons in our closet. She was a very vulnerable girl that harbored a deep fear of her past, it's just one of those things you know you cannot escape. But there are also times when you know that you just have to let go and try to shove your past into a corner of your mind and not let it dictate how you live anymore, and that's exactly what Avery did, thanks to Jase (more on that later though.) Avery definitely already had the potential to be more and I was glad that she was able to tap into that as well. The fact that she chose to starting living freely is already a step to recovery and just because she chose to do it, doesn't mean that it was actually her fault. She is a really strong girl, between reading about her birthmother and the things that happened to her, she still managed to exist. But now, she is truly living.

Jase is your typical swoony boy; good looking, funny, smart and has awesome chemistry with the protagonist. Yeah, he may be a reformed playboy but so what? The guy has heart. It was great that he took a chance on Avery even though he knew that he would be swimming in unknown waters. Jase was literally Avery's beacon of light in this book, he helped her out in things that even her friends didn't know about but when it mattered the most, she didn't really trust him enough. I felt that though Jase's reaction to Avery's "secret" was appropriate, he needed to cut her some slack and try to understand what she went through and why she couldn't talk about it. I appreciated the insight that his mom gave him because after all, it's all about forgiveness.

If you're looking for a light and fun read after reading something sad and depressing, The Impact of You is the book for you. Kendall Ryan really creates an atmosphere of comfort but also manages to add some drama to the mix.



  1. Love that cover. glad the book lived up to it for you!

    1. The cover is so sweet-looking, right? I'm really happy that I enjoyed it too.