Leave Me

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In Gayle Forman’s debut adult novel, Leave Me, we meet Maribeth Klein, a woman who is so busy working as an editor at a magazine  and taking care of her family  that she doesn’t even realize it when she’s having a heart attack. After her heart attack, she thinks maybe it won’t be so bad. It’s her family’s turn to take care of her but this doesn’t turn out to be the case. So sick and tired of it all, Maribeth beth packs a bag and runs away. She doesn’t even know where she’s going when she gets to the train station but she finds her self in Pittsburg.

I loved Maribeth from the first sentence of the first paragraph on the very first page of the book. I realize that she’s suppose to be a flawed character and not everyone is going to like her straight off. I realize a lot of the women who read this book aren’t going to like her at all. It’s going to be hard for them to understand how a woman could leave her family, her children behind and run away.

Honestly, Maribeth is probably the fictional character that i’ve related to the most since I read Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Yeah, I know that’s an odd comparison but let me explain. I am a full time college student and I work on average I work 20 hours a week. When I started reading this book, it was November. I work retail, so it super busy at my store and everyday that I wasn’t in class, I was at work. I wanted to run away so badly. Believe me, I thought about it too several times.

I guess this was maybe a bit of an eye opener for me too? I see myself being very much like Maribeth when I’m older. In a way, she’s always what i’ve aspired to be. A career woman, living in New York with a family. I don’t have kids but work and school is basically like having two jobs. I learned from Maribeth that I need to always make sure that I stop and make time to take care of myself.

I really loved the plot progression. I loved how witty the writing is. I loved how all the characters served a purpose and were well developed. the thing I appreciate the most was that it ended in a good spot. Meaning, the story wasn’t dragged out longer than it needed to be. Which, if you’ve read any of my posts or other book reviews, you know that stories being dragged out longer than they need to be is my biggest pet peeve, well in books it is anyways.

There was a line in this book that spoke to me on so many levels “Yes, she was in motherfucking crisis!”.  I laughed out loud so hard when I read this line. I just love it so much. I even took a picture of the page in the book and circled this line and added it to my snapchat story. I feel like this is going to be playing in my head several times once I start classes again in April. Another one I loved was one where it said something about the kids being “fuck ups in training”.

I got to meet Gayle when she went on book tour for this book! This was actually my second img_8217time to meet her and hear her speak. The first time I met her, I was rushed through the line because it was a book fest and there was a billion people in line and she had to leave early to catch her flight. I love listening to her speak. She’s witty and the message she has always speaks to me and sticks with me. I’m really happy that I got to actually talk to her for more than two second this time and take a picture with her. She’s super sweet and was surprised to see that I had a copy of Sisters in Sanity with me. We both agreed that it doesn’t get enough love.

Something funny I want to include that’s kind of related to the book but not really. So I was really stressed out at work one day and I was telling someone I work with the plot of this book and she goes “So like Harry Potter?”. I love this girl but she has selective hearing, so i’m pretty sure the only thing she heard me say was “The book I’m reading” and zoned out when I was describing the plot. I’m not sure if I find this funny because i’m a book nerd or because this girl is crazy but I still thought i’d share it.

I’ve now read 5 out of 7 of Gayle’s books and I’ve yet to meet one that I didn’t like. I gave Leave Me, 4/5 stars. I really liked Maribeth and once I had time to read this book, I couldn’t put it down.

Much Love,

Kait

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Leave Me

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S I Still Love You

I recently read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han and I thought it would be perfect to talk about the duo in one post. I’ll talk about each book individually but I will quickly say that I really loved both of these books!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:

Lara Jean has loved five boys before in her life and she has written a love letter to each one. She pours her hear in to these letters, like no one will ever read them- because no one ever will. She writes them to help her move on from these boys that she has absolutely no chance in dating. That is until one day, these letters get mysteriously gets mailed out putting her in a tough place between two of the boys, Peter- a boy she’s likes since eight grade, and Josh- her next door neighbor and her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.

I love basically everything about this book.

I love Lara Jean. I haven’t related this much to a character in such a long time. I mean, she’s basically me in a book. Like me she’s scared of driving, she’s lost her mom and she has to help out around the house with her sister. She doesn’t go out on Friday nights an prefers it that way. She loves her family and she doesn’t have a lot of friends. It’s so nice that there’s a character I relate so much too. I’m 19 so it feel like the characters in the YA novels I read are too young for me to fully relate to and the characters in the characters in the other books I read are too old for me to fully relate to. Not that this takes away from the stories- I still love them and I still fall in love with these characters but it’s just so nice that there is finally a character that I can see so much of myself in. Can Lara Jean be real so we can be real life besties?

This book is one of the special books that I give a 5/5 stars to. I love everything about it and I think it’s a book that all girls should read. So stop reading this post and go buy this book. Actually no, finish reading this post and then go buy a copy of this book.

P.S I Still Love You:

I don’t want to go too much in to the plot about this book because if I do, it will give away the ending of the first book and spoilers aren’t cool man. But I will say that this book pick up where the first one left off and like the first book, you won’t be able to put it down.

So something I really liked loved about this book was the side story about Lara Jean’s friendship with Genevieve and figuring out where and how it fell apart. We all go though those friendship losses and they do effect us. Especially in the transition between middle school and high school (where Lara Jean and Gen lost it) and after you graduate high school (I pretty much talk to no one from high school and i graduated a year ago). It amazes me still how you cab be so close to one person and one day you look at them and know nothing about them. So many young adult books focus on the first romantic relationship and how those change us. And yes, they do change us, these friendships change us just as much if not more. I mean, my besite and I are super close and is probably the most meaningful relationship I have- ya’ll know her, she’s the lovely other writer for Book Alphas.

I love the Song Girls but Kitty stole the show in the book. She made me laugh out loud. You never know what she’s going to say and there’s something about her whit and humor that you can’t help but love. I’d love to see a spinoff of maybe a middle grade novel about her. I would read it.

I loved this story, and it was so fantastically written. Not just with the main story line but with the side stories too. I give it 4/5 stars and I’m officially adding Jenny Han my list of favorite authors.

Have you read these books? Do you love them as much as I do? Tell me in the commits below!

Much Love,

Kaitlyn

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S I Still Love You