International bestselling author Gayle Forman's trademark humor and insight abound in this masterful adult debut, showing us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.

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 received this book(ARC) for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"So this was how it was.People entered your life. Some would stay. Some would not. Some would drift but would return to you."

It seems a little weird to read Forman's first adult novel without reading her young adult books. But after reading this, I guess I definitely need to check out her other books.

I never knew I had it in me to read an adult fiction and enjoy it. Yup, Maribeth the protagonist is in her forties.

I literally flew through the book. If I was not intrigued, I wouldn't have read so fast.

The thing I learned is that you should ask for help when you need it. I'm literally the same person as Maribeth. I never share anything with others. I guess, by bottling everything inside myself, my heart would explode someday. Anything could happen. So when they encouraged her to talk about that, I was thinking maybe I should do that too.

When a book made you think, it was definitely something. The writing was so real, it was like I'm reading the story of my neighbor.

Ah, I forgot to mention this one. You see, I love it when other books mention Harry Potter. And that happens here too. I was fangirling too hard.

I never looked through their perspectives. How do they feel? It made me thinking whether this is how my mom felt when my brother and I acted towards her. You see, her twins would cause a lot of trouble(activities), not intentionally of course.

She needs to be cared not the one to take care of others and that too after she went through her bypass surgery. So she frees herself from her life. And that was, leaving her life and went to another city. And there, how she managed to do that, you need to read and find that, of course.

I really appreciate it when women try to live without depending on someone. So I liked it when she went on, even though for a short time. Though, I'm not encouraging anyone to run away from their problems. It may take courage and some time, but YOU ONLY can face it. 

"That's when I figured out the ugly secret of a mother's love: You protect them, to protect yourself. But how can I do both?"

Overall, a good read.

MY RATING: Exceeds Expectation

~Until next time!