Ryan’s Bed (Standalone)
by Tijan (Author)
This review is from: January 18, 2018 By Kay Daniels (Kindle Edition-Goodreads)
Whoa! What did I just read?!
Some authors begin a sensitive subject book with a warning or perhaps the reason why they couldn’t avoid the writer’s voice and decided to forge ahead and tackle the hard subject at hand. Tijan dove right in to Ryan’s Bed and wrote a story told entirely through Mackenzie Malcolm’s POV, an 18 year old girls POV to boot.
What teenage girl doesn’t have a skewed perspective of the world going on around her at some point? Add in a splash of teenage emotions, a dash of changing hormones, toss in a move from your hometown during your senior year in high school, and throw it in a blender. BLAM! That is enough to send any teenage girl into a drama-llama spiral of emotions.
I am pretty sure Tijan is a teenage girl because she captured the roller coaster mindset of Mackenzie beautifully. Beginning from page one you will go on a journey with Mac and watch her transformation. You will feel her struggles and understand her choices whether they are good or bad.
We were all 18 once and remember our own mistakes, hurts, losses, but Ryan’s Bed is more than that. Tijan was able to bring focus on what Mackenzie’s parents were feeling, along with her little brother, without using their POV. She was able to show us how everyone grieves differently.
I found myself going back and rereading parts of the book, while I was still reading it. Mackenzie changes so much during the book that I sometimes wondered if I’d missed something. When I went back, it wasn’t that I’d missed something, it was more of a feeling that Mackenzie kept evolving. It wasn’t until the end of the book that Tijan actually says, “I hope you reread the book, but see it in an almost totally different way.” I won’t say more because I believe every reader needs to experience the journey for themselves, but I want to go back myself and reread the entire thing again.
Mackenzie Malcolm is a new student, a nobody, a broken girl who just lost her sister. The poplar boy at the school, the new one she will be attending in the fall, Ryan Jensen, is drawn to her. It doesn’t gain her friends, but Mac isn’t interested in gaining popularity. She just craves being next to Ryan. It’s hard to explain their instant connection, since Mac and Ryan find it hard to explain themselves, but Mac needs Ryan like she needs her next breath.
With everything Mackenzie loses, she may drown if she lost Ryan too.
Life just couldn’t be that cruel, could it?
Everyone else she’s loved is gone, since the night she slept in Ryan’s bed.
Pick up this book, read it today. To quote Tijan, “I have never written a book that changed me.” I agree, you will be forever changed reading this book.