Book Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman
ashley | I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read by Gayle Foreman, but I’m still waiting for her to really speak to me. When I read the premise for Leave Me, I thought this could be it. The description of Meribeth’s life hit home, as I’m sure it would for a number of modern women juggling work life and home life and trying to find some personal time in between. I had some high hopes for this one starting out.
There’s a lot to say about a woman who just up and leaves her family, her children, for time to herself. I’m not a mother, but the idea of abandoning your children like that is not a light sentiment. But you know what? I get it. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I can see how this book formed, how Maribeth snapped and took off and left that life behind her for a while. It didn’t make me hate her as a character, it made me hurt for her, made me hurt for her family.
I enjoyed seeing Maribeth rebuild herself apart from her family and take that time and space. I wasn’t a huge fan of her journey to find her own mother, who gave her up for adoption, it seemed a bit of a tangent that wasn’t totally finished by the end, but that aside, the core of this book was something I could relate to, although it was sort of a lukewarm effort.
I enjoyed the story, the writing was good, it flowed easily and I read through it quickly but it didn’t leave me feeling any kind of warmth or satisfaction in the end. In fact, the ending all seemed a bit too perfect for me, a bit too easy. But what is great about this is that I think a lot of different people will interpret it in different ways and the ratings will be all over the board depending on what it means to the individual reader. That’s the beauty of books like this and Foreman always manages to write as if she’s speaking to you individually instead of trying to reach a wide audience at once.
september 6, 2016