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.
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.
** Standalone full-length novel, Mature YA themes
This book was so good that I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one day. I’ve never read a more relatable book before! Ryan’s Bed invoked so many emotions ranging from heartbreak to passion and love. Mac’s story, especially the ending, is thought provoking and engaging. It was written so well and with so much care put into the storyline.
This book definitely has a very mature subject but it’s written very childishly. This girls twin sister just died and the love interest is all like “I know you’re severely depressed right now but you’re so hot aha ha”. (Not an actual quote but you get the gist) I understand that the other characters have no idea what the main character is going through, but still that’s a little unnecessary. Also in one part of the book the main character is trying to leave a party because she can’t handle being in a social area, but then when it’s brought up that people are going to a college party after she’s all down for it. Like she just forgot she couldn’t handle this small party but definitely can handle a college party in the span of 10 minutes. Just a little inconsistent.
In summary it’s a good plot but bad execution.
Honest and unpaid
I think about this book a lot. I think it is one of the best this author has written (that I’ve read so far). Honest and an excellent insight into grief, and depression in YA. The teenage girl conflicted was wayyyy more intense than anything I ever witnessed or experienced or even heard of, even as a teenage girl. BUT I think the nail is hit on the head with the level of drama teenagers can inflict. Perfect example of “We can write teenagers how we want them to be or how they are”. YA’s grieve. YA’s have adult problems, that they often handle like the children they are growing up from.
Anyway. LOVED this book. It touched my heart in such a way that I think about it 6 months later. It moved my soul in such a way that I recommend it to people I know who have struggled with the same things I have, the same things talked about in this book. And it poke to me so honestly that I finished it in one sitting.