Monday, October 3, 2016

Leave Me | Gayle Forman

So I had a super long nice review typed out for this but then mircosoft deleted it. I'm now super annoyed. 
Goodreads Synopsis:  
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. 

Okay, so Maribeth Klein has a super bad health scare. My Mom has had a surgery kind of like this. It takes a while to heal. I'm sick, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be sick until the day I die so I understand that view point. Maribeth has a heart attack and with her family they are "taking care" of her, when really they're just making everything more difficult and creating a bigger mess. She gets enough and literally runs the eff away. THIS IS MY ULTIMATE FANTASY. I love that. Come to find out, her husband, Jason is a complete jerk. I wouldn't have gone back to him like (spoiler alert) Maribeth did. Her boss at a magazine she works at is supposedly her "bestest best friend in the entire world" and she immediately replaced her after finding out about the heart attack. It annoyed me SO MUCH that this was basically ignored and never solved. That doesn't sound too much like a best friend to me. I really love how Maribeth used this time in the book to go about finding her birth mother (her adoptive mother seemed to be in constant fear that she would go find her) but she doesn't try to contact her. She basically finds out about her birth mothers name and goes back to Jerkface Jason and the book ends. I didn't feel like everything was wrapped up and it gave me a disappointment, but I still enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.  
3/5 stars.

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