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 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.
The cover of Ryan’s Bed is simply beautiful and visually expresses the fragility that is Mackenzie.
Admittedly, I couldn’t put this story down, it was gripping and at particular moments had great depth and maturity. Drama surrounding the girls at her new school was not needed in my opinion for this highly sensitive story.
Mackenzie was an interesting character, so closed off with grief and her inner banter with her sister helped to cement their connection. Their moments left many questions as I continued through the story. Over the 12 month period, the author built the relationship between Ryan and Mackenzie realistically.
Her mother and father’s part in this story confused me at times and made me very angry. The way they just left their teenage daughter to fend for herself made me sad and confused. Two favourite moments for me in the book are Mackenzie standing up to her parents and showing them she is alive and relevant. Her brother was a wonderful character and the love between sister and brother mended my heart and gave hope.
Most of all, upon turning the last page, I was shocked but also disappointed because this alarming fact could have made this story so much more.
Left to wonder should I read this again to see if I pick up any clues. The counselor and her sessions are making me question her words. There are moments between Mackenzie and her parents which start to make sense upon the conclusion.
I have too many questions at the end to feel 5 stars satisfied
Quote: I was coming together even as I was falling apart
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