Ryan’s Bed by Tijan
I’ve been a fan of Tijan’s stories since the first Fallen Crest book, she just has a way of writing YA stories that just feel more grown up, and Ryan’s Bed is no exception.
The story begins exactly where the blurb stops with MacKenzie walking in to find her twin sister, Willow dead in a pool of her own blood on the bathroom floor a day before the twins 18th birthday. Whilst the parents are trying to deal with the horror of the situation, Mackenzie and her younger brother Robbie are taken to her father’s new business partner’s house and left there for the night. This situation is made worse by the fact that Mackenzie’s family have just re-located for her father’s new job and she does not know this family. Mackenzie during the night on the way back from getting a drink of water walks in to the wrong bedroom and gets into Ryan’s bed instead of his sister's Peach.
Now this wouldn’t be a Tijan book if Mackenzie didn’t have to deal with trying to fit in at a new school, trying to make friends and the backlash from the school’s hierarchy of popular girls & bullies. This is made worse as Ryan happens to be THAT boy at school the one who all the girls want and all the guys want to be. Ryan is a great character, I'd even go to say he's up there with Mason for me, the protectiveness, understanding & love he has for Mackenzie literally flows through the pages. I think it could have benefitted from having some of Ryan’s POV included as this is written all from Mackenzie’s view & at times with all her inner monologue it was tough to be just in her head.
Ryan’s Bed is a standalone and covers the subject of teen suicide, the reasons why and also the impact it has on everyone left behind. I think Tijan did a good job with a delicate subject matter and this book definitely takes you on a rollercoaster of the whole spectrum of feelings anger, heartbreak, sadness and love.
There is a “punch to the gut” end to the book that will have you reeling! So avoid any spoiler reviews!!!