Book Review

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

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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.

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This is the first book I’ve ever read by Gayle Forman and I must say, I’m pretty hooked on her. While I couldn’t directly relate to what Maribeth was feeling, I could imagine it, being a mother myself. I have 3 kids, my husband helps out in so many ways, I can’t imagine if he worked extremely long hours like Jason does in the book. However, I must say, I haven’t ever had a major surgery like the one Maribeth had. The worst I’ve had done was my Gallbladder taken out, and while I couldn’t drive or anything right after that, I was able to cope & there wasn’t much I couldn’t, or wasn’t supposed to do. We all do get overwhelmed at times. Some people want to pack up and go be alone and create a different persona. Maribeth did just that. She left her husband and 4 year old twins. Could I leave my own kids? I don’t think so, but do I dislike Maribeth for it? No, I could feel her frustration come through the words on the pages. I truly felt for what she was going through. She works a full time job, struggles with getting her twins to and from school, entertaining their friends every now and then, cooks dinner, keeps a clean house. Had she not already been scheduled for a doctor appointment, I don’t think she would have ever went to get her heart checked out. Her doctor sent her straight to the ER, which then resulted in surgery to do a double bipass on her heart, and her husband almost losing her. I don’t think Jason ever realized exactly what all Maribeth did during the day, until she left him & her kids. LEAVE ME offers an insightful look at modern life, marriage, friendships, motherhood, careers and how it all comes together, or perhaps needing to leave in order to make it all come back together, for everyone.

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