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Ryan's Bed Paperback – January 14, 2018
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"Emotionally tumultuous, angsty, and beautiful. Ryans bed is a new Tijan favorite and a must read for anyone going through loss!" --#1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken
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I don’t want to give to much away because I really do think this book is best read by going in blind/only reading the blurb. But I will say this, Tijan wrote an incredibly beautiful story here. I felt completely raw with emotion by the end of it and I know that I will think of this book for many years. I just felt a connection to the characters and what they were experiencing because of how realistic the story felt. Quite the story to start 2018 with, definitely add it to your list!
Tijan is one of my automatic one clicks. I knew going in I was going to be sucked into another of Tijan's worlds, but I never once anticipated how much Ryan's Bed would make me feel. I couldn't put this book down. If I could give Ryan's Bed more than five stars, I would. Though even ten stars aren't enough for how much Ryan's Bed made me feel.
Mackenzie's heartbreak and struggle to truly mourn her sister's suicide made me not only cry ugly tears that had me sitting my kindle down, it made my heart hurt - not for a fictional character in the pages of a heartbreaking story, but for anyone who has ever gone through what MacKenzie had.
Tijan took a subject that is often shied away from and swept under the rug and wrote not only a story that would make her readers feel, but a book that will get conversations started.
Ryan's Bed in my opinion is Tijan's best work yet, and the best book I have read in a very long time.
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.
Ryan’s Bed is a standalone novel, told in first-person perspective by Mackenzie.
I’m in awe of how real this book felt to me. Grieving a loved one lost to suicide is a singular experience, and it was so well captured in Ryan’s Bed. I related deeply to Mackenzie and how she slogged through her life after Willow died. The rapid-fire emotions interspersed with periods of complete numbness were all too familiar. It all spoke to me in a way that made me feel normal when she was feeling anything but.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the titular character and his relationship with Mackenzie; it was essential to Mackenzie making it through the grieving process. Ryan was amazing; the way he knew what Mackenzie needed and was a pillar of strength for her when she had little else to lean on. His own experiences informed his ability to support Mackenzie in the way she most needed it. Their dynamic, born from an intense need for understanding, was the kind of connection that binds souls together for eternity. I loved witnessing them help one another, not only through their grief but also navigating the pitfalls of high school politics.
Tijan is an author I keep planning to read, but not taking the time for. I have several of her books on my kindle but had not opened one until Ryan’s Bed. If this is typical of her writing, I have been missing out on some superb writing for far too long. I was completely wrapped up in this book, both in the story and the writing itself. I loved her handling of such a delicate subject matter.