|Reviews for Ryan's problem|
| Kerstin2302 12/28/12 . chapter 1
Love your story so far, please keep going!
| april rodgers 12/3/12 . chapter 12
what happens to ryan now? will it be hapily ever after, well as much as possible? or will something happen to finally push him away from the cohens?
| Reader 11/13/12 . chapter 12
I love this story and can't wait for the next update!
| matthewsbj 11/4/12 . chapter 12
Go Sandy and Kirsten! Nice job of standing up for Ryan and eliminating one source of stress from his life. I hope that they continue to fight for him, and show him that they want to be there for him.
I'm thinking that it's probably Marissa and/or Oliver. Maybe the police are there, too, investigating the accident.
Whomever is in Ryan's room, I pity them once Sandy and Kirsten find out!
Please update soon and let us know!
| anonymous 10/6/12 . chapter 11
You threw a lot in with the 2 quick chapters. I didn't see the Oliver hit-and-run coming any more than Ryan did. I only hope that it helps to put priorities in order for the Cohens when they realize just how quickly things can change, possibly forever. It's not time to make more mistakes or force the issue on their terms. They should be shocked into starting to appreciate the most basic things now and being grateful to have the opportunity to learn what they've done wrong and try to make better decisions and choices that include Ryan, not just dictate their terms and expectations to him. They should be making adjustments and changes to form a different kind of family and new dynamics, not merely assume that Ryan will know how to fit into what they've created.
I'm amazed by Kirsten. Not that I'm complaining, but where did the real one go? She actually wants to spend time with Ryan and acts as if she cares and talks to him using endearments? It's such a far cry from the TV Kirsten who looked like she couldn't stand to be in the same room with him for long.
What's a little strange is how the Cohens wanted to stay, but then made a quick exit to see Dr. Kim. It's good that someone is following through as a guardian should and being his advocate, but they're still dropping the ball in other ways and sending more mixed signals.
I'm glad that you did bring up the teachers at school. While Dr. Kim appeared to be someone who supported Ryan after his first year, I did always wonder what teachers were openly hostile or passive aggressive. If the students and parents were discriminating against Ryan, I would have thought that there had to be teachers who would have been the same way, looking at Ryan as someone who was tainting their classroom and their school. They probably would have resented him more when they realized how bright, hardworking and respectful he was, wishing for the opposite.
Ryan's lucky to have good friends with so much to deal with emotionally and now physically. He has to have someone he can trust. Marissa wouldn't be on that list in any scenario. She's the furthest thing from a friend, someone who only uses Ryan when it suits her and not for anything positive. He should continue to stay far from her now that he's seen her true colors and if his friends know the truth, they shouldn't pressure him to have contact with her. The Cohens, who should have known better, did too much to push Ryan in that wrong direction on the show. I only hope that they recognize that Ryan can make his own choices about friendships and recognize how much damage she's done and could do.
Thanks for the multiple chapters.
| alison.r.armstrong1 10/6/12 . chapter 11
i want another chapter now i like this story
| Guest 10/5/12 . chapter 11
Good! Update soon
| othgirl2010 10/5/12 . chapter 11
Hey way to keep us all on the edge of are seats . I hope you update soon .
| Linoria 10/5/12 . chapter 11
The Kirstinator is on the warpath! Can't wait! Excited!
| matthewsbj 10/5/12 . chapter 11
If it weren't for Dr. Kim being a jerk, I would almost feel sorry for her. I'm a little surprised that Sandy didn't stay at the hospital with Ryan. I understand The Kirsten's rampage, and Seth going with her, but Sandy could have/should have stayed at the hospital, especially if they're trying to change his view.
I'm glad that they kept Caleb away from Ryan, although, I was surprised to see him at the hospital.
I'm glad Seth finally came forward and, again, had Ryan's back, although Ryan may not have like the way it looked this time.
It will be interesting to see how the whole "talk" goes now, after Ryan has seen a little bit of the lengths to which the Cohens are willing and ready to go.
I'm think I'm actually looking forward to seeing The Kirsten devour Dr. Kim!
| Guest 10/4/12 . chapter 10
This chapter was intense! Really good, now it all changes. I bet Ryan will finally start seeing Sandy and Kirsten as caring parents and maybe feel he might belong there.
I hope he doesn't forgive Marissa. Luke and Summer are good friends, while Marissa... not so much.
| matthewsbj 10/3/12 . chapter 10
I know this sounds bad but this could be a blessing in disguise. Sandy and Kirsten will have to do more then say they are there for Ryan and that they want to change things, they are going to have to show him. He is a master at watching people and reading their feelings. He's has a lifetime of empty promises and lies from Dawn, and now he's had some from the Cohens. I see this as an opportunity to change things, and show him just how much a part of the family he is. I've already seen some changes in Kirsten, with the holding his hand and pet names.
I wonder if Ryan has confided more in Seth then we know, or if he's told Anna anything whose gave Seth a heads up.
Frankly, I hope that Ryan and Marissa don't get back together. Almost all of the problems Ryan had plus, right now he doesn't need the added stress and drama that follows her. I hope that Sandy and Kirsten realize that and look out for Ryan's best interests here.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
| RyanKidChino 10/3/12 . chapter 10
I love this story. Not a big Ryan/Marissa fan though, so I wouldn't mind if they never got back together. But a Cohen1 "reunion" should happen, soonish ) Looking forward to more!
| matthewsbj 9/28/12 . chapter 9
I liked this chapter, although the letter was pretty intense (but it was needed). Sandy and Kirsten got to see kind of two sides of Ryan. They got to see a little bit of his "lighter side" with his poster board, and then they got more of a deeper look at Ryan with his letter.
In the letter, you accurately showed some of the missed plot-lines from the series. These were issues that should have been dealt with that would have made the four of them so much closer, in my opinion. Yeah, in the series, at least once Ryan admitted to loving the Cohens (or at least Kirsten), but all throughout the series, he would refer to Sandy and Kirsten as Seth's parents, etc. Their lack of defending him was a big one I've always noticed. I wish that they would have defended him a little bit more.
Anyway, back to this chapter... I'm torn between understanding why Sandy & Kirsten didn't talk to him that night, and understanding why they wanted to let him "calm down". On the one hand, I can understand them not wanting to upset him further by address all of those items when he's already upset. On the other hand, if I were them, I would want Ryan to know that I was not trivializing his letter and let him know that I would try harder.
It seems that the problem has been the Cohens have been rushing things to create this instant family, and while that works in the magical land of TV, it almost never works in real life. I would hope that they wouldn't make the same "mistake" here in a knee-jerk reaction to fix this. I think they want to fix it, but they are going to have be very careful on how they proceed so that they don't blow everything to kingdom come.
At least Ryan does have Seth in his corner, where he understands a little bit more about Ryan. He really does seem to have Ryan's back. It was nice to see Ryan admit that he's the brother he always wished he had.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
| anonymous 9/27/12 . chapter 9
That was super quick. I was definitely surprised by the letter and more than a little skeptical at first, but since the Cohens never did what any guardian or foster parent or adult who cared about Ryan or any kid in his position and made sure he got support and counseling, I guess it's a speculating. I would have guessed it would have been mandated when they legally took custody, but I hoped that Sandy would have known it was necessary after his years of experience.
If I thought about this as Ryan writing less of a personal letter to the man who gave him shelter and seemed to believe in him and also that man's wife, whatever the rocky and distant relationship, and more of an assignment as part of something that the Cohens had required because of the circumstances under which Ryan was even seeing Nicole, and then a requirement from Nicole, it makes more sense. Ryan would be doing a sort of homework for them, doing it as part of another imposed program with the family night and he would have been in a different frame of mind because of that. He could say things in a letter as Ryan completing an assigned task that he'd never dare to risk saying as Ryan, especially when he knew how precarious his place there was. I don't think he'd ever want to be back with Dawn, who doesn't even want him and doesn't have custody, but he has to be very confused to get so many mixed signals and messages depending on the person and day and mood. Actions speak louder than words and he's on the outside looking in and not treated like the other members of the family. If his role is to be different, I'm sure he never expected more than the minimum. Still, it's cruel and confusing to "jerk him around" as Sandy once said early on. They need to be consistent and figure out just what his status is and make it clear.
What stands out the most is how hurt Ryan is, not because he had any expectations because he probably never had any in his life, but because the Cohens started to give him hopes and not followed through, contradicting themselves and rarely providing basic guidance. How can he trust them? It's also very true that they've never tried to get to know him or to teach him. He's been thrown in the deep end and expected to know how to swim their way.