I received this book for free from ALA Annual in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Published by Algonquin Books on September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary (adult)
Source: ALA Annual
International bestselling author Gayle Forman's trademark humor and insight abound in this masterful adult debut, showing us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.
For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention--meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn't even realize she's had a heart attack.
Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we're going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.
With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on.
I really needed this book. I’ve been hardcore slumping in pretty much everything lately, but Leave Me got me excited about reading and blogging again.
I think the cover copy of this book best explains why this book appealed to me… “For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention.” Even though I’m not a 40 something with two children and I haven’t recently suffered from a heart attack (seriously my problems are so small in comparison), this book gave me someone who I could relate to, someone who felt extremely overwhelmed and just needed to find a way to take care of herself. I feel like this book explores this other reality for everyone who wishes that they could run away just for a short while and get their crap figured out. And while I don’t think it’s the answer for everyone, I just loved seeing how everything unfolded in this book.
And honestly, Gayle Forman is just such a wonderful story teller because I quickly became invested in Maribeth’s journey, wanted to know more, and kept turning each page because I needed to know how things could ever go back to normal. Even though it’s not my typical kind of read (it’s not YA and it’s not a fluffy contemporary), I loved every minute of it.