REVIEW: 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.
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Ryan’s Bed is an emotionally charged and gripping story of love, loss and the pain that goes with both. I’m absolutely blown away by this incredible story. I feel raw and emotionally split wide open. I can’t remember the last time I read something that resonated with me this much and made me feel so deeply understood. Reading the very last line of this book instantly had goosebumps breaking out all over my skin. Ryan’s Bed is the story of Mackenzie and her tragic loss. After moving to a new city with her family, Mackenzie loses her Twin Sister in the most heartbreaking of ways. She loses her other half and therefore has a hole in herself that she doesn’t know how to fill. After the tragic event Mackenzie accidentally stumbles into the wrong bedroom and falls asleep in Ryan’s Bed. For those brief moments she finally feels at peace and here begins the love story of Mackenzie and Ryan. Watching the way Mackenzie dealt with not only being a teenager but losing her twin sister and almost herself was difficult. Ryan’s Bed isn’t the story you read to escape from everyday life it’s a story you read to learn and grow. I suffered heartbreaking loss. I suffered through heartbreak. Loss is a terrible thing to overcome when you’re the person left behind. Sometimes it’s worse when it’s sudden and sometimes it’s worse when it’s drawn out. As you do with love, everybody feels loss in different ways. Everyone deals with loss and heartache in different ways. There’s no right or wrong. There’s no instant cure and there’s no instructions on what to do to overcome it. Love and loss, in equal measure have the power to destroy you, the power to heal you and the power to help you learn to forgive. Grief is a process. A process that is singular to the person dealing with it. Ryan’s Bed was impeccably written. It deals with both love and loss in a very real and poignant way. I commend Tijan for writing this story. And for writing it so truthfully. Loss is a difficult subject, suicide even more so and as odd as this sounds I’m proud of the author for continuing on with this story and publishing it. Suicide is a very real problem, one that has a stigma because it can not be understood or explained. My hope is that this book makes you feel for Mackenzie, makes you understand that grief is not something that can be fixed or stopped. It's something that we should be free to deal with in our own way. That you cannot do it by yourself and sometimes you need help from someone who loves you and sometimes you need help from a stranger. There is no timeframe, there’s only you and the love and the loss you feel. Ryan’s Bed was written by someone who clearly understands what it is to lose someone. Someone who understands the absolute right way to tackle such a delicate and heartbreaking issue. Ryan’s Bed has touched my heart and soul and I feel incredibly lucky to have not only read this book but to have read it early. Tijan wrote Mackenzie’s story in a beautiful and respectful way and taught me more about myself than I care to admit. A good book should help you escape into it’s world. A great book should teach you something about yourself during its journey. Ryan’s Bed is a great book. An important book. A phenomenal book. And I highly recommend that you read this book.
Meet The Author: Tijan
I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.