Leave Me by Gayle Forman
From the bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here comes a stunning new novel for Forman’s adult readers, an unflinching portrait of a woman confronting the joys and sorrows of marriage, motherhood and friendship. Meet Maribeth Klein, a harried working mother who is so busy taking care of her husband and twins that she doesn’t even realise, working late one evening, that she has had a heart attack.
Afterwards, 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. Far from the demands of family and career, and with the help of new friendships, she is finally able to own up to the secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.
With bighearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we are all running from. Gayle Forman has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
When can I get my hands on it: Now!
What am I in for: Contemporary Literature, Family Drama, Adoption Stories
I’m still not a Forman convert. I really don’t understand the fascination with her writing.
I had hoped that when she wrote a novel for adults, as Leave Me is, that her writing would improve and her characters be less juvenile and infuriating. Not so.
In this case as well, Forman has written into Maribeth Klein aka MB Goldman every character trait which I loathe.
As a reader I cannot stand to read characters, female characters mainly, who have it all: the house, the car, the marriage, the job, the children, the money, the husband and then do a woe is me 360 degree flip and start having affairs and ditching their children and acting like teenagers. And whilst I acknowledge that this probably does happen in real life, these characters really overtake a book and simply put, ruin it.
Whilst Maribeth didn’t do/have all of these things in her repertoire and the book is about her self-discovery and her husband coming to terms with his own issues after the life altering cardiac event, Maribeth handles everything in a really shitty manner, as does Jason.
I guess the lesson I took from this book was basically don’t do everything for everyone because nobody cares enough to thank you for it until you aren’t there to do it anymore.
If you’re after an easy read that doesn’t take a lot of brain power, then you’re onto a winner here. But if you’d hoped for a book about the struggles of marriage, motherhood and coping with sudden drastic health issues in a young family, then frankly, you’re better off looking to someone like Jodi Picoult or Liane Moriarty (whose books I also dislike but who is a much better writer)
Final rating: 2/5