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Book Review: Ryan’s Bed

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Ryan’s Bed by Tijan– 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.

Genre: Young Adult

Published: January 22. 2018

Acquired: Purchased

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Tijan is one of my favorite authors. I love her Fallen Crest series and her Carter Reed series but I haven’t really connected with one of her books since those. Until this one. I loved this book. It invoked a range of emotions as I was reading and the characters felt very real. MacKenzie was a great main character- she was grieving the loss of her twin sister and I just wanted to give her a hug. Her reactions and the way she processed her grief were very believable for a teenager. The way she swung between rage and emptiness, the inner dialogue she had, and her connection to Ryan- it all felt very authentic and real. The only parts of the story that felt a bit off were the scenes involving the high school mean girls. While I enjoyed watching MacKenzie’s ways of dealing with them I think they detracted some from the powerful emotions of the rest of the book. But the ending…the final 3 words. Oh holy cow, I did not see that coming at all. I am rarely shocked by an ending but I was totally flabbergasted by this one. The ending is what made what would have been a solid 4 star read into a 5 star one for me. I read this book late last year and it still has stuck with me, which is a great indicator to me how fabulous it truly was because I read a lot of books!

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