Ryan's Bed by Tijan // Book Review

January 23, 2018

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Genre: Romance

Rating: 5 stars


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.



Oh wow, what an emotional journey this was. I knew this book approached subjects such as suicide, loss and depression but I never though that it would affect me as much as it did. Tijan wrote this book in such a simple way that packs so much emotion into every single word and chapter, that you can’t help but feel the emotions and live them alongside the characters.

With Ryan, in this car, I wasn’t Willow’s surviving sister. I was just Mackenzie.

From the very first chapter I was hooked. When the second chapter rolled in I was crying my heart out. It’s a very sentimental book that’s going to make you think. It’s going to make you stop and think about the way you speak to people, the way you treat them and the way you see yourself. Subjects like teen suicide sometimes are not brought up as much as they should or not taken as seriously. And this book brings awareness to that, it opens our eyes by telling a story so real that it’s hard to ignore.

The protagonist was lovely. Loosing you twin sister, a very important part of you, is certainly not easy and in the beginning, she’s lost and broken but refuses to mourn. As the book unfolds she learns that it’s important to cry and to shout and voice your feelings and not leave them bottled up. She's a survivor. 

The romance in this book is very slow burning. Mac and Ryan both are hurting, and they will help each other heal. They become each other’s anchor. Alongside these two, we have their group of friends, all of them with their distinct personalities that added so much to this book. They also teach Mac that it is okay to move on and to make friends and to forgive.

Somehow, some way, Ryan had become necessary to me. He shielded me, protected me. My head was above water with him. Without him, I would sink.

 I would drown alone.

Ryan’s Bed is much more that I could have ever hoped for. In 250 pages, she managed to make me cry and laugh and made me care so much about Mackenzie and the group. It’s not an easy book to read but it’s a book that when you reach the end you feel accomplished and happy.

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