Published by Tijan on January 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Death, Depression & Mental Illness, Family, High School, New Adult, Suicide, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 jump out.
I didn't get embarrassed.
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.
Ryan’s Bed by Tijan is a YA story that tackles real world issues and dramas. First off, as a trigger warning, Ryan’s Bed does deal with suicide and the affects it has on those left behind. That being said, Tijan has crafted a complex and well written story centered around Mackenzie Malcolm and Ryan Jensen. After Mackenzie’s twin, Willow, commits suicide, on their birthday, Mackenzie almost unconsciously glues herself to Ryan. She can only sleep in his bed or with him. At first it seems oddly strange that Ryan is so ok with this almost stranger sleeping in his bed, but as we learn more about him we find out that he had a friend who committed suicide a couple years prior, which effected him and this gives him a connection to what she is going through. Ryan becomes the only thing that grounds Mackenzie and their relationship grows from there.
The course of Ryan’s Bed takes a lot of twists and turns as the characters around them grow, develop and change. Ryan and Mackenzie grow as well, but there is a constant sense of working through grief and the issues that surround those who are left behind after a loss of this type. Tijan does a good job, both in addressing this issue, as well as putting it in a high school environment with a large cast of characters that are around Mackenzie and in her life, both for better or worse. There were many twists and turns that took place throughout the novel, but the constant was Mackenzie’s relationship with Ryan, which I felt was very well done.
Overall I recommend Ryan’s Bed by Tijan is a well written, deeply thoughtful and complex story. If you are a fan of Tijan’s novels, this is not one to be missed. I fully recommend.