Ryan's Bed

Ryan's Bed

by Tijan


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ISBN-13: 9780999769102
Publisher: Brower Literary & Management, Inc.
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 140,866
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

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Ryan's Bed 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! - Ahhh! The feels! They were sooo there! I really enjoyed this book. It was captivating, heartbreaking and uplifting all in one and it felt very different than her other books. It still had the amazing characters you’ve come to expect in one of Tijan’s books, it still had the angsty story and the incredibly journey to the end, but there was something more profound, more soulful, more ... just more! The way this books starts out and then the way it progresses ... and then the way it ends? Incredible, from beginning to end. Story/Characters... Mackenzie Malcolm has just had her heart ripped out in the most tragic way. In a new town and with half of herself gone, she finds solace in an unexpected place ... Ryan Jensen’s bed. Ryan Jensen is no stranger to pain or heartache. Barely surviving his own past, he connects with Mac instantly, knowing she needs his support but also getting the support he needs as well. Ryan and Mackenzie together were genuine, both having life changing events to help bond them. But aside from trauma binding them, their attraction was real, intense and swoon-worthy. They started off basically as friends, both needing the other in different ways but by the end, they connected on a deep, fundamental level. Ryan is the kind of book boyfriend you can’t forget. He was compassionate, caring, loving and sweet. He stood by Mac and helped her in ways I don’t think anyone else could have. His understanding was pure, his strength unending and though he fell in love and wanted to be with Mac, that wasn’t why he stood by her. He knew the depths of her sorrow and honestly started out just wanting to help. Mac’s grief and guilt were so hard to read. Her sorrow and loneliness poured off the pages. She was struggling and with her family having abandoned her, trapped in their own grief, she truly needed Ryan. I loved them together, and though the romance was sweet and really enjoyable, it was Mac’s story and her journey that really stood out. When I reached the end, I had all these feelings about what I had read, it literally took me days to sort it all out. Along with two fantastic mains, we also get a cast of fun and creative characters to alleviate some of the angsts along the way. Some of the side characters you love, some you just have to hate. And in true Tijan fashion, Mac conquers the mean girl squad with her own brand of sass and courage. I think the author stepped outside of her normal box for this one and she did a fantastic job! She brought the feels as she normally does. She gave us characters we loved and connected with. She gave us a story was was exceptional. But this time, she also gave us something to think about. That ending was so unexpected and here I am, days later, still reeling from it. Well done, Tijan! WELL DONE!
JennS13 More than 1 year ago
This book was stunning. Really. It was devastating. It was healing. It was broken. It was beautiful. It grabbed hold of me and didn't let go, even when I had to take a moment to breathe, even when I had to put it down to do life, and even after I finished those last mind blowing words. Thank you Tijan for continuing to write this book even when you weren't sure if you should. Truly, this was one of my all time favorites. I'm going to need to read it again.
sweetfae More than 1 year ago
Another mind blowing novel from Tijan. I have to admit this isn’t one of my favorites from her but I am still in serious like with it. There’s still high school drama and craziness but I feel like it was toned down. Ryan’s Bed really focused on Mackenzie and what she was going through, her struggles and inner demons. The romance and drama was secondary to it. And it was a different perspective then I’m used to from this author. Mackenzie (“Mac”) is struggling, mourning, and in pain. She’s broken and the book is all about her journey. Ryan is steady, compassionate, and a tiny bit alpha. He’s been there and he becomes Mac’s rock. There is a ton of development with these two characters. Their backstories are heartbreaking and they each have individual strengths and weaknesses. And their chemistry is as always explosive. While I didn’t feel like the secondary characters were as fleshed out, it didn’t detract from the story at all and they still added additional depth to it. While there was the usual high school drama in the book, I was relieved that it wasn’t a central part of the book. Ryan’s Bed covers some tough topics and I was glad that those were front and center when it came to the focus. The drama was just an added bonus. It definitely teared me up in some places, made me sobbed in others. I highly recommend it. I voluntarily read an advanced reader's copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so real, the pain of what she was going through. I dont think you couldve of wrote any better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Tijan book and I absoulty loved it. It was raw and open. Real life problems most people don't talk about. I couldn't imagine losing a twin like that but she made me really feel part of this book. All the feelings. Ryan is a great guy that truly understands which is nice. Great book when you need something real
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this book more stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could’ve had a little bit more detail but overall it wasn’t bad. I’ll definitely read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to put into words about this book. All I got to say is this book will make you laugh, cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. It had me crying from the first paragraph until the last. So don't forget your tissue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. The story was relevant and incredibly compelling. Mackenzie was a very well written and developed character. The last sentence of the book is still giving me chills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are no words to describe what I am feeling after finishing this book. This book was amazing and such an eye opener. I felt for Mackenzie and how she struggled with willow’s death. I am so glad I finished this book even though at times it was hard to read. The ending was sooo surprising but I won’t spoil it for you. I appreciated Tijans outlook and explanation of how this book came about I. end. Thank you Tijan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will do as you suggested and reread to look for other clues and read it from another perspective!!! Buy this book! You want regret it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book I have read by Tijan. The writing was wonderful and you could feel the emotions of the characters. It’s a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words....just read this book..youbwont regret it!
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I don't even know where to start. I hope everyone who reads this cones away with more understanding and empathy.
Eileen_R More than 1 year ago
I WISH I COULD GIVE THIS BOOK 100 STARS. 29th June, a day Mackenzie will never forget, not just because its her birthday, but because its the day that changed her life forever. And that is all i am going to tell you about this story. Why? Because its so incredibly good, i need to tell you WHY to read it. This author has written a book that will leave its mark. This young couple will blow you away, both emotionally and and even with smiles, hope and pure love, but this is mostly Mackenzie's journey, through the darkness to reach and grasp back life. No matter who we are in life, no matter where we come from, we all will, at some point in life, share the experience of grief and loss, we know and feel the hole left behind, we know the pain of living daily without them, we know the longing and missing, we know how it changes us, we know that Pain!! My heart shattered for this young girl, not only losing a sister, a twin, the other part of herself, but to lose her through suicide, just broke me. Ryan was amazing and is there for Mackenzie in ways that just blew me away. Their developing relationship among the pain is just beautiful. Although I i found parts highly emotional i also found parts just so darned heart warming, that i was able to smile through my tears. Tijan has taken a difficult subject, one we all are aware of, yet not one of us want to have the experience and has written and incredible book that will touch every part of you. Each and every one of us has had dark thoughts at difficult times in our lives. "I hate my life", " I wish it would end", we have our good and bad times. The times in grief when we want so desperately to hear them again, just talk to them again. This story is so emotionally charged, it just pulls you in, your heart is right there with the family, and you feel every single difficult step they take. yet Tijan writes this book giving you so much hope and reminding us that each and everyone of us with understanding and compassion can make it through the worst of times. I am completely blown away with the heart and depth of emotion this book brings. Sometimes we find books that become so endearing to us, sometimes we find books that make us sit up, think, even hit us in ways that make us step back and re evaluate ourselves, and sometimes a book just hits us right in our hearts because its so close to everything we all experience. I challenge you to read this book an not be effected by it.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Ryan's Bed by Tijan is a YA story that tackles real world issues and dramas. First off if anyone has issues with suicide and dealing with the fallout from that, Ryan's Bed should be avoided. 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 thoughout 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 as 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 voluntarily reviewed an ARC 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.)
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Sometimes you read a book and know exactly what's going to happen. Sometimes your mind spins theories that seem preposterous. Sometimes it just clicks. That thought/theory that won't stop eating at you. Ryan's Bed by Tijan was intense. It was dark in the lost and consuming way that death is. It was depressing. It seemed for a time- hopeless. But it wasn't, it was filled with hope hidden in the dark. I had a theory. It wouldn't leave me. I tried to change my mind but I just couldn't. In the end, I knew I had been right. Sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. If I could crawl into Ryan's Bed, I would never leave.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Tijan’s books are beyond words, they are feelings that you experience! Ryan’s Bed is a multitude of stories interwoven to make you look beyond the surface to the discover the real reasons behind the actions. There were times I wanted to strangle Mackenzie’s parents, other times I just wanted to sit down and cry for these characters. Quite the twist at the end but it was so well developed throughout the book that when you get there, you just stop and ponder the message of it all. Well done Tijan you wrote a book that makes a heart hurt but also leaves you with a lot to contemplate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. A must read.
micharch More than 1 year ago
What a wild and crazy emotional ride this book takes you on. We begin the book with finding out why Mac winds up sleeping in Ryan's bed and it was quite shocking. Her sister's suicide really sent her reeling and Ryan was there to help pick up the pieces. Mac has a hard time dealing with things at times. Her parents were kind of aloof and not really good at being there for her for most of this book. The fact her sister was her twin and everyone (including Mac) had a hard time looking at her and not seeing her sister also was a difficult component in all of their grief. We find out that Ryan had an experience with a friend that gave him great understanding of what Mac was going through. It was nice to see them learn to lean on each other. Their relationship was unique but it worked for them. I did like how Mac learned to be more outgoing and not to just wallow in the background all of the time. Willow was heard in this book and it was interesting how Tijan was able to do that. It added an element to the book that actually worked for me. The ending really makes you pause and think, which is exactly what Tijan wants her readers to do. It is not an easy read in that it deals with suicide, but I do feel it was a worthwhile read.
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
Moving to a new town is never easy. A new house, new school, and new ‘friends’ to add to the stress of starting over. For Mackenzie – her father’s new job presented a move to a new state at the beginning of what will be her senior year in high school. As the ‘average one’, Mackenzie is constantly feeling like she is in the shadow of her brother and twin sister. Both are overachievers and Mackenzie doesn’t live up to the same hype. A ‘plain Jane’ compared to her sister! Then the unthinkable happens. A tragic reality that turns Mackenzie’s life upside down. The loss of a missing piece of her soul. Mackenzie’s twin sister Willow kills herself. Finding her sister that fateful day would alter Mackenzie’s life in ways that she could never have imagined. Food, sleep, crying….nothing is appealing or can placate her heart. Until the moment Mackenzie crawls into a stranger’s bed. After the tragedy, Mackenzie’s parents turned to another family to watch over Mackenzie and her brother. In essence, strangers that neither sibling knew at all. After wandering in the house that night, Mackenzie became turned around by the sheer size of the home. The result landed her in Ryan’s bed, and it was the first time her body let her relax enough to sleep. Now that Mackenzie knows how much comfort she has found in the solace of Ryan’s bed, she doesn’t want to give up that solace. The peace that silences all the turmoil around Mackenzie is unexpected. A response that Ryan also knows all too well. What happens when these two decide they cannot give up their connection? Will Ryan still be there when Mackenzie needs him most? Only time will tell how far the pull of this tragedy will be felt. Now that is what I am talking about!!! The first book of the year that has captured my heart and soul!! Ryan’s Bed is unlike your ‘typical’ young adult novel. It is a tale born from tragedy and loneliness. A story that will capture your heart, wring it in two, and show you the depths of human emotion through every sentence written in the book. A novel that you will devour like your soul is starving. Anytime you hear the words suicide, it makes you envision all kinds of turmoil. Discovering the heartache that is associated with this tragedy through Mackenzie’s eyes will give you a completely unabashed look into the devastation that is left behind. While Mackenzie and Ryan delve into their own personal journeys of self-discovery, this novel also shows the side of loss from the friends and family that are left behind. It’s a tale about healing….about love….and most of all forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get a box of Kleenex, find a comfortable place, and be prepared to read this book in one sitting. Tijan did it again! She captured me and never let go until the last sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books but this one....this one left me breathless at the end. It takes you on one heck of an emotional ride. The subject matter of this book is often times uncomfortable for most but for those that have dealt with grief of losing a close family member it hits right at your heart. The emotions that MacKenzie goes through dealing with the death of her sister is very spot on. Have some tissues close by but also be ready to laugh, cheer her on and at times get angry right along with her. Thank you, Tijan for another wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was phenomenal!!! I absolutely love the writing and it hits close to home having lost a loved the same way Mac lost her sister. This book is definitely one of my favorites. Can't wait to see what comes next.