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Leave Me

Leave Me
Gayle Forman
Algonquin Books, 2016
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: E-Galley, Library

From Goodreads:
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.

I could not put Leave Me down. I read it in two sittings, and I would have read it in one if it hadn’t been so late at night. None of the characters were perfect, especially the main character, but Maribeth’s story was so relatable to so many women. For her, the only way to stand up for herself and her time was to leave. She couldn’t help but put other people before herself, and in order to change that, she had to leave. Not the idea situation, but it made for an interesting story. The growth of all the characters and the comedic relief of the neighbors upstairs made for a truly entertaining novel.