Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Review: Leave Me by Gayle FormanLeave Me by Gayle Forman
on September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 343
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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.


I’m not the biggest fan of Gayle Forman’s recent novels (anything after her If I Stay/Where She Went duology), but I thought I’d give Leave Me a shot because the plot sounded intriguing. Delving into the novel I found myself sympathizing with Maribeth. She’s a hardworking mother who not only has a really good financially stable job that she likes but she also has two children to take care of which half of the time her husband doesn’t even help out with. I found that her husband was selfish most of the time; only thinking about his own job and leaves the kids with their mother to deal with even though she clearly needs help. While he insist on getting her mother to help out take care of the kids I think he could’ve been more responsible and I mean they’re his kids.

He only thinks about himself even when he finds out about her impromptu surgery that is on the borderline of life threatening. He’s a bit of a frustrating character, who I wished he could take more responsibilities with the house chores and their kids even if his job is demanding as Maribeth’s. It’s no wonder why she feels like quitting the family and I don’t blame her even if running away seemed like a childish thing to do.

It’s really sad, but one can only take so much. What I didn’t like about Maribeth was she mislead Stephen into thinking that she was single, which resulted in a minor complicated love triangle-ish (not that her husband knew about the small affair…not sure if I can call it an affair even). She didn’t tell anyone that she had a family or that she ran away from them until the very end where her health caught up to her again. I really liked her neighbors, who looked after her and became her new family for a while. That aside the ending of this book left me with a big question mark because I felt like there should’ve been more but instead it felt like the editor ended up deleting a paragraph accidentally.

Anyways, it was an enjoyable book and I was surprised how quickly I got through this one.


Author: Jackie

One Reply to “Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman”

  1. er… I don’t think I could like her character, running away from her problems? she left her family…

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