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 she gets to where she’s going, she sees her life 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.
This book proved to me that when you find yourself in a reading rut, you are reading the wrong book.
From the very beginning, this book almost gave me a heart attack. I found myself cringing at the way the author describes mundane activities after casually informing us about the disaster that is slowly brewing. Like, how long does it take to die from a heart attack?
It has been a while since I read anything that could even be remotely described as light-hearted or fun, so I am grateful for this book. I enjoyed the characters; I totally support Maribeth checking out of her life. The end was interesting to me as well, even if it was a little too predictable and romcom-ish. I still had fun with it.
In all, it’s not a literary masterpiece but it does its job expertly; and I’m giving it 5 stars because it brought me out of a 2 week-long reading slump.
P.S. I love the cover too since it influenced my decision to read this book when I didn’t really feel like reading.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
Title: Leave Me
Author: Gayle Forman
Published by: Algonquin Books
Date of Publication: 06 Sep 2016
Genre: Women’s Fiction