Ryan’s bed by Tijan

Ryan’s bed by TijanRyan's Bed By/Door Tijan
Uitgever/Publisher Tijan Op/On 22 January 2018
ISBN: 0999769103
Genres: Young Adult / New Adult Cross-over
Pagina's/Pages: 288

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.

Waarschuwing: dit boek bevat seks, drugs/alcohol of geweld.
Warning: this book contains sex, drugs/alcohol or violence

Ik heb dit boek ontvangen in ruil voor een eerlijke recensie.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

The other day I started a Romance book club with a couple of girls. Our first book was Ryan’s bed by Tijan. Our opinions were pretty much the same.
I already read Shay (Hate To Love You) and Fallen Crest High (reviews only in Dutch)
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Writing Style

As I told you in the quote at the start I already read 2 books by Tijan. And for some reason I never get triggered by the emotion in it. Some pieces are beautifully written with lot’s of visual and others are flat. Really flat. Besides that I just miss the thoughts of the main character. Yes, her feelings are told. But that’s it, I don’t feel it. More importantly, I have no clue how the character really feels, besides what’s coming out of her mouth. I think it’s pretty obvious I’m not a fan of this writing style. Tijan also writes from the perspective of 1 main char and if you follow me, you know I love 2 perspectives. So…

My thoughts about Ryan’s bed

I read the blurb and I was sooo interested. A twin sister who commits suicide. I expected a lot of emotions. Raw emotions which would’ve made me bawl my eyes out. And those… well… those never came.

Yes, Mackenzie told us what she felt. But she flat out said it. There were no emotions flowing from it, so clearly mine didn’t either. I found Mackenzie to be a very flat character and I didn’t understand jack about why Ryan liked her. Yes, I understood their connection, but it could’ve been so much more beautiful.
It could’ve been such a beautiful book, but I just didn’t feel it. I couldn’t relate (and I have twins myself). It made me lose connection to the story.

Her parents were even worse. They just abandoned their daughter, twinsister to the daughter they just lost. They just leave her hanging and fend for herself. Later it gets revealed they knew to what she was up to, but they just left her. There was one point in the book they didn’t even ask her if she wanted dinner.

I could go on and on about this, but that’s not necessary. Unfortunately I just don’t click with Tijan’s writing style, and that’s just fine. Everybody their cup of tea, right? For me, I just miss the emotion. I expected this to be one hell of a tearjerker. I read the Dutch version, but put the English one beside it and it’s perfectly translated, so that wasn’t the deal. It’s just not for me.


Just not my cup of tea. To bad.

Did you read Ryan’s bed? What were your thoughts about it? I’m really curious! Let me know in the comments.


Mariëlle blogt hier als lezer, kijker en schrijver. Verder vertelt ze over haar leven als tweelingmama. Ook is zij schrijver van de New Adult-serie Structure en staat ze drie dagen per week voor haar SBO-klas.

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