Review: Leave Me
Maribeth Klein is a busy working wife and mother of four-year old twins. She’s tired and nauseated and feels like she can’t go on so she heads to the doctor’s office and learns she’s having a heart attack. A few tests determine that she needs surgery and that turns out to be more complicated than it should have been. She’s released from the hospital and given instructions to rest and eat healthy which she finds impossible to do because no one – not her husband nor her mother – is stepping in to pick up the slack. Fed up, Maribeth withdraws a sizable amount of money from the bank and hits the road with no real plan of action.
Maribeth takes on a new identity and makes a new life for herself in Pittsburgh – she makes friends, finds a new doctor, and searches for her birth mother in earnest. But is this the life she wants to live?
I was intrigued by LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman after reading Jill’s review of the book. I left her a comment and she emailed me telling me that the reviews for the book are all over the place because a lot of people are offended by Maribeth’s actions. That made me even more curious so I decided to pick the book up and I’m glad I did. The book is not without faults – I thought the ending was a little too neat – but I really enjoyed my time with it.
Maribeth is a character that many women will be able to relate to. She’s frazzled because she’s overworked and underappreciated. She can’t even get a break to recover from surgery. Of course, most women don’t react the way she does but I’m sure many have been tempted.
I liked the storyline and the other characters Maribeth encountered as well. There were a few little twists but it wasn’t hard to see which way the story was going to go. The journey was so intriguing, though, that didn’t bother me in the least. I found myself wanting to talk about LEAVE ME as I read it so I think it would make a fabulous book club choice.
The audio version of LEAVE ME is narrated by Eva Kaminsky and I thought she did a terrific job. It was a great way to experience this thought provoking book.
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