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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Missed Calls is a work of fiction in the slice of life and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Zachary Ryan. The book follows two childhood friends, Cheyenne and Vanessa, as they reconnect as adults and reflect on the lives they have led and where their friendship stands after all these years. With Cheyenne freshly divorced and Vanessa’s life unfulfilling, their support for each other could provide a turning point in their struggles, but only if they can move past their feelings of regret and jealousy. Has life changed them too much to rekindle the friendship they once relied upon?
There comes a point in adult life where we find ourselves having fallen short of the expectations we had for ourselves as children, a point that can be painful but also meditative as we consider who we have become and where we may go from here. It is at this point that Missed Calls is set, following its two intense and deep leads as they reflect on divorce, an abandoned career, and a friendship that has been through dark times. Cheyenne and Vanessa are vivid characters who feel thoroughly grounded in reality, and Zachary Ryan’s masterful sense of pacing allows their characterization to gradually and carefully unfold on the page as they try to decide how to move forward in their lives. Overall, Missed Calls is a loving tribute to the friendships of our youth that manage to stand the test of time, even when we walk away from them and come back.