Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Ryan’s Bed by TijanRyan's Bed by Tijan
Publication Date: January 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult
Amazon Paperback


I crawled into Ryan Jensen's bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister's bed--her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should've left...

I didn't.
I didn't jump out.
I didn't get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could've stayed forever, I would have. He became my sanctuary.

Because--four hours earlier--my twin sister killed herself.

My Review

Ryan’s Bed by Tijan is a standalone, YA novel.

Mackenzie’s life changed the day half of her was ripped away.  Friends, family, and even those who weren’t as close became bystanders on the sidelines of her life, sometimes not even paying attention as she attempted to run, walk, and drag herself through the race.  But, he saw her.  Ryan. He became her rock and steady place, her greatest and constant cheerleader.

“Look, you don’t really say much, and I’ve got a feeling I’m the only one you are talking to, but I know things at your house are sad. And that’s reasonable, but when you feel like shutting the world out, you don’t have to do that to me. I’m not everyone else.”

You know that feeling you get when you start a book and it’s like a far away voice is calling to your soul?  That’s exactly the way I felt in the opening pages of Ryan’s Bed.  The writing was ominous, transparent, and spoke to me.

The style in which Author Tijan chose to write this story created a cocoon for me to crawl in and be enveloped, pushing me into the rhythm and place of the characters. I felt their sorrow, pain, and triumph.  I loved that, outside of it being a great fictional story, in this novel we felt exposed when the struggles and adversity Mackenzie faced were continually unveiled.  But we were also rewarded with hope, in particular for Mackenzie as she began finding her identity, trusting in herself.  And Ryan. This young man was breath and life. Not perfect, but exactly what Mac needed, an old soul with experience and empathy to give.

As if the rest of the story was not enough to immobilize every cell in my body, the ending completely stopped my thought process and my words. Nothing. Nada.  Blank. Empty. Wow. I was literally at a loss for words.  Completely just torn apart in my mind. Thoroughly consumed in an overwhelming sense of need.  Need for more.  Need to know why.  And at the same time, I felt like I was wrapped in a haze of thankfulness.  This was truly a gripping story from beginning to end.

“Remember me, and cherish me. That’s the last step…”


4.5 Stars

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