Book Club: Leave Me

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Author: Gayle Forman
ISBN: 9781471156786
RRP: $29.99

Gayle Forman is a well known author of Young Adult novels, and with Leave Me she has branched out and offers us her first adult novel. I thought I had a couple of her YA titles on my shelf but perhaps not.


Leave Me is a great introduction to her work and it is a completely relatable novel for anyone who has a partner and children, anyone trying to find a work/life balance.

Maribeth Klein is the mother of four year old twins, a wife and an editor at a women’s magazine working with her best friend. She is run off her feet at work and at home and with everything going on she manages to shrug off the symptoms of a heart attack, only discovering it when at a completely unrelated doctors appointment. This heart incident sets in motion a chain of events resulting in Maribeth running away from home.

I don’t have four year old twins and I haven’t had a heart attack but I can definitely relate to the desire to run away from home. There are certainly days where it all seems way too hard, days where it seems wife and mother are synonymous with cook and cleaner. If I feel like this perfectly healthy I can only imagine how strong that desire could get if you were recovering from major surgery and were still expected to do all of the household duties.

Maribeth withdraws a large amount of cash and walks away with a small suitcase, leaving behind her laptop, cell phone and a note. She heads to the station and gets on a train, all trying to ensure she doesn’t leave a trail.

I can’t imagine actually leaving my family, what a traumatic decision that must have been. It’s one thing to sometimes think how nice if would be to disappear from the responsibility but a totally different thing to actually plan and do it.

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The story follows Maribeth, soon to be known as M.B. Goldman, as she starts fresh somewhere that she can start healing; her mind, her heart and her body. It seems living off the grid and under the radar is a little more difficult than Maribeth expected, in a world of paperwork and paper trails paying with cash is looked on with suspicion.

Maribeth has the time to sit back and take stock of her life, and face up to things she’s been hiding from herself.

Leave Me is a touching story of heartbreak and love that brings together an interesting range of different characters and relationship dynamics to explore the inner conflicts we all face and the different ways they can be approached to find the strength to move on.

There is a lot to be said for Leave Me and the way it addresses relationships of all types, and the way they evolve but also the maintenance they require so they don’t start being taken for granted.

We discover there is a lot more to Maribeth than we would have first thought, and issues even she wasn’t sure she had come to light throughout the story.

She has walked out on her husband and her children but throughout the story we realise that this book is as much about friendship as it is about her marriage and her health.

Maribeth was a character that I sympathised with at times, but also couldn’t understand some of her actions. She was certainly believable and relatable.

I think Leave Me will be a satisfying read for women of all ages.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster 25 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading Leave Me so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below. I look forward to hearing what they think.

Leave Me is available now through Simon & Schuster, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Gayle Forman can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.

27 thoughts on “Book Club: Leave Me

  1. I really enjoyed “Leave Me” – it was a very perceptive and accurate depiction of a woman experiencing a significant health crisis, and re-evaluating her life as a result.

    Maribeth is typical of a lot of women in their mid-forties. She’s a mother to small and still very dependent children, working part time hours that still seem very long, with a husband who doesn’t do his share of the “family” work. The career she loves seems to have stagnated, and she’s losing or lost touch with many of her friends.

    And then she has a heart attack.

    Still, everyone seems to turn to her. She doesn’t want to be indispensable; she wants to be cared for while she recovers. That doesn’t seem to occur to anyone around her, who all expect her to carry on as before only a week or two after emergency open heart surgery. So Maribeth packs a bag and leaves, eventually finding herself a space to recover physically, emotionally, and look closely at her life and possible futures.

    In many ways Maribeth and I are very similar. I too experienced an unexpected near death medical emergency which left me with long term issues, when the oldest of my children was the same age as Maribeth’s. So I can say with absolute certainty that Forman has absolutely nailed that sense of “can’t you just sort it out without me?” The desire to be able to abdicate your responsibilities just for a few days and be sick. To have someone else deal with the problems without turning to you. The despairing way you drag yourself out of bed because if you don’t do the shopping, no one will.

    There is a scene in a supermarket, where Maribeth finds herself completely confounded by what she can eat. This too was deeply accurate; the confusion brought on by thinking you’d been doing things (like diet) right, and then it turns out maybe you weren’t – so how do you recalibrate? Forman has captured the sense of total upheaval, and having to look at everything you took for granted – even basic things – in a very different way.

    Not everyone will have as complicated a past as Maribeth, and hopefully most people have more support around them. Very few will choose to copy her and run away. But what makes this novel so gloriously good is that the reasons she runs away, and the emotional conflict she experiences before and after her run, are so recognisable. Most women will have experienced at least a flash of her feelings. And anyone who’s experienced a life altering medical emergency will have experienced much of what she does.

    I really loved this novel. Sure, that’s partly because I saw parts of myself reflected in this, parts which don’t often get canvassed in fiction. It was largely though because of the perceptiveness with which Forman depicted Maribeth’s feelings and experiences. She got so much of this right. Highly recommended.

  2. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for letting me review Leave Me by Gayle Forman. It an easy, flowing story which I surprisingly read in a day. It tells the story of Maribeth – mum, wife and career woman – who suffers a heart attack without knowing what it is, then undergoing major surgery. While recuperating at home she feels undervalued, unappreciated, no one else is looking after her and she has to do it all. She writes a note, packs her bags, leaves behind her mobile and laptop, withdraws a large amount of cash and leaves her husband and 2 kids.

    I really felt for Maribeth, here she is trying to run the household and be supermum while recovering from a heart attack, and her husband and mother (what a dreadful character she was written as) are doing nothing to help. I could feel the frustration, and when she left it was a mixture of surprise yet jubilation. Out of all the characters I think you get to know her the most and probably her husband as you get further into the book – the others (Sunny, Todd, Stephen, Janice) just seem like sub-characters who you get to know a snippet of their life but they had so much more to offer I thought. (Not wanting to give away plot details) but the character she was trying to find, which I thought where the story was leading up to meeting, didn’t get too much of a resolution. I guess Maribeth came to the realisation she is/was/always loved, but it sort of led up to this and went nowhere.

    I liked Maribeth taking time out for herself, but there just wasn’t much else to the story. Don’t get me wrong, it kept me turning the page so it was an okay read, but the story didn’t really go anywhere, and some parts with certain characters I just felt were a little pointless in the end. I guess I liked the ending and the resolution with that particular issue, but everything else was wiped away from the moment she decided on where her mind/heart was at (very hard not to give away the plot/ending so that might sound bit vague!)

    Overall, it was an alright book, but the story just wasn’t overly memorable.

  3. Such a different story, and one perhaps along the lines that every woman has thought of doing at some stage – walking away from a house full of family members who take you for granted. Except that Maribeth actually carries it out.

    After coming home from hospital following emergency surgery due to a heart attack, Meribeth’s husband, and her mother, still expect her to care for her 4 year old twins, and the household. Feeling totally unappreciated and craving some caring and attention, Meribeth withdraws a large amount of cash, packs a bag, and exits the family.

    The story follows Meribeth’s difficulty setting up a new life in a different city without leaving a trail. She attempts this by paying cash for everything, and faces problems in doing so. We meet her new neighbours, and learn of Meribeth’s attempt to discover her past. As her body heals , she is still troubled by things she has not even admitted to herself.

    I found the book easy to read, and wondered what path I would take if placed in the same situation.
    It seems that very few understand the value of a Thank You, or a Let me Help, and the huge difference it can make to one’s everyday life. We all want to feel appreciated. But perhaps not many would follow Meribeth’s action and really leave.

    Thank you Beauty & Lace, and also Simon & Schuster for the chance to read Gayle Forman’s first novel for adults. It was an interesting story, which I enjoyed.

  4. What a great read! I thought that this book was about what a lot of people would do, if they actually had the guts to do it – take some time out for themselves. Like Maribeth and a lot of other people, I’m guilty of not looking after myself properly. I suffer from migraines and I know that often I just keep pushing and doing what I need to do, because if I don’t do it, who will? But in reality we do need to look after ourselves and everything else will work out in the end.

    Sometimes I wish that I could just get away from everything and really take the time that I need and my body needs to recuperate properly and energise for the next chapter in my life, but I can’t. I guess what that means though is not that I can’t, but that I just won’t. It takes someone a lot stronger than me to put themselves ahead of all the other people and commitments in their lives. Maribeth was such a strong character. I couldn’t imagine not being in contact with my husband and children and I really felt for her tug-of-war of wanting to contact them, but wanting to be strong enough to do it.

    I really enjoyed seeing her reconnect with her husband and I felt like the thing she was doing for her children would have been a great relationship builder with them, especially as they could look at them as they grew up. I would have loved to know whether she ever did get in contact with the person she was searching for and how all that went.

    I’m finding it difficult to write about this book without giving too much away, but it’s enough for me to say that this is a wonderful, easy-to-read, feel-good book.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for another great book review >:o)

    I can’t imaging the thinking going through someone’s head to actually be able to do that.

  5. Thankyou Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review ‘Leave Me’ by Gayle Forman.
    I very much enjoyed this light and easy to read book. Maribeth (I once knew a lovey girl called Marybeth) or M.B. her later alias, a woman in her early 40’s and mother of twins suffers a heart attack with complications. Her life is hectic with a responsible editorial career and running around after her children. Her husband is of little help being totally engrossed in his own career. Everything just gets on top of her and she leaves with only a note to say that she’s gone. (No explanation of where). Getting a flat and without any technology and very little in the way of possessions she begins a new life, making friendships along the way but giving no hint of her former life. To me she was just trying to discover herself agin, and after the health scare just had to re-evaluate her life and it was almost a therapy.
    Although not contacting her family for over a month, it was obvious that they were never far from her thoughts.
    The humour in the book was great as well as a few touching moments.
    I wondered that the cover was uninteresting but well on in the book I could appreciate that.
    A thoroughly good read which I would totally recommend. I love Gayle Forman’s style of writing!

  6. As always this authors work is well written. Her writing style is always smooth and flowing, her work heartwarming and touching with strong feelings and well illustrated within the pages.

    It is slow paced and lacking action or really a lot of direction in the sense of the last part of the book was a tad of a struggle.

    The main character really doesnt have a path to follow – just takes it as it comes so to speak. After a devasting heart attack decides to do what some may consider , takes action into her own hands and leaves. Confused and needing some time out she embarks on a road of recovery so to speak.

    Its a definite thought provoking read. As a mother life can be difficult and we all handle life and situations certainly different.

    I found Maribeth a complicated character, and could realate to her, but at the same time even when the going gets tough we all don’t all bale . The author wrote this knowing it may not give the character a strong reading follow but it worked.

    The last third of the book, was scattered . a bit of this and that here and there , not as deep and meaningful as I would have liked, But raw in places ,and heartfelt for sure. I am sure some may understand.

    The end fell a little short for me , but overall I did enjoy the story. It was fun, enjoyable and easy to read.

    Not the best book by this author but certainly recommended to those who like a heartfelt read, with meaning behind the pages. Her writing as always is easily read .

    3 1/2 stars out of 5 from me 😀

  7. Thank you for selecting me to read this book, which I throughly enjoyed
    I am not going to give too much of this story away as this a a book most people would enjoy reading and I don’t want to spoil for other readers
    I will say Marineth the main character in the book is one gutsy lady who knows what she wants
    Gayle Forman has written a great easy to read book
    I would recommend this book to other readers

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed “Leave Me,” the first book of Gayle Forman’s I’ve read and I thank Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster sincerely for this opportunity. The impact of the first sentence sets the tone and pace of the book for me – “Maribeth Klein was working late, waiting to sign off on the final page proofs of the December issue, when she had a heart attack.”

    Maribeth doesn’t know she has had a heart attack but ends up in hospital the next day and subsequently needs emergency by-pass surgery. She’s extremely young to have something this serious. Once out of hospital Maribeth is more or less expected to get on with the things she does daily with little help or understanding from her husband. He contacts her mother, asking for her help, something that horrifies Maribeth and it is easy to see why. I could have cheerfully shaken her mother who didn’t seem to have any idea just how ill her daughter is. The last straw for me would have been when Maribeth went into the kitchen in the morning to find the dishes from the dinner the night before and breakfast dishes were in the sink unwashed.

    I have no idea how anyone could walk out on young children but I can well see how Maribeth couldn’t face another issue of any kind when it seemed that no one was thinking about her welfare and she packed a few things, withdrew a large sum of money left to her by her father and left home.

    The story is very easy to read, it flows well and the characters are well drawn. I wondered about the cover as it made little sense to me to begin with, but as the story progresses it is absolute genius. I loved the way the complexity of relationships in so many forms was explored. The book was one I enjoyed immensely, from start to finish.

    This is Gayle Forman’s first adult novel, I certainly hope it won’t be her last. I’m definitely going to seek out her other books which are aimed at young adult readers but I imagine would appeal to any age. An understanding of complex relationships is so well shown in “Leave Me’ that I would not hesitate to recommend this book highly. It will definitely be passed on to special people.

  9. Thank you for the offer to review Leave Me by Gayle Forman, I was certainly interested in reading it since it was her first adult novel.

    The story revolves around Maribeth a married mother of four year old twins. She is busy in her editorial career when one day she has a heart attack and needs by-pass surgery. That in itself would make you think twice about your life and how you’re living it. It just shows that everything can change in a second.

    After her operation when she comes home it seems like nothing has changed. Her husband is self absorbed in his own career and her mother doesn’t seem to understand what her daughter has been through. She is still expected to carry on like before her operation.

    It all becomes too much for her and one day she leaves a note to say she is leaving but not where she is going. I won’t say more about the storyline so I don’t give too much away. I enjoyed this book it definetley made me think, I don’t know if I would have done the same especially leaving my children. However like they say until you’re in Someone else’s shoes you can’t judge.

  10. I loved this book. I could totally relate to MBs character and her family in the story were not as prominent as her but still so so important to the storyline. found the book very easy to read and i love gaylea style of writing..

    i found it came to and end pretty quickly and would have love a bit more detail but overall i just adored this book and its characters

  11. Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.

    I found it to be a good easy read with an interesting concept that I would think many wives & mothers have thought of sometime just to escape from the burden of responsibilities & family.
    I know I have but she did it!
    Good strong lead character but found others faded into the background great storyline but disappointed in the ending.
    Still enjoyed Leave Me & will inform friends that it is a great read & seemingly life like in some ways.

  12. It’s interesting that in her debut novel specifically written for adults, award-winning Young Adult author Gayle Forman has picked such a mature and relatable topic. Leave Me is the story of an over-stressed, over-worked and under-appreciated mother of four-year-old twins who is forced to stop and re-evaluate her life. It’s a book that is easy-to-read and is likely to strike a chord with audiences who can see a little something of themselves in the main protagonist, even if they don’t always agree with her actions.

    Maribeth Klein is a woman in her mid-40s. She is stuck in the rat race and continues going about her hectic schedule while ignoring the pains in her chest. This eventually develops into a full-blown heart attack and Klein subsequently requires emergency bypass surgery. Her mother flies in to join the family and assist with her recuperation. But instead of concentrating on her respite at home, Klein decides to pack her bags and run away/abandon her family.

    This story is a very engaging one, particularly at the beginning where it is easy to relate to Klein’s role as a busy Mum working at a glossy magazine. She is a brave woman but she’s not always the most likeable or logical character. There will be some readers who will fail to understand how she could just get up and leave. Klein does embark on a journey of discovery of sorts thanks to spending time with her new young neighbours and having a flirtatious relationship with an older cardiologist. These supporting characters could have been a little more developed.

    Leave Me is an interesting book about love, success, failure, dislocation, regret, fear and redemption. There is a little something we can all take away from this book, even if we don’t always agree with things or if we’re left a little dissatisfied with the questions left unanswered at the end. In all, this is one swift read that readers can connect with because at the end of the day this story is simply just a sign of the times.

  13. Thank you so much Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read Leave Me written by author Gayle Forman.

    This was the first book I have read since becoming mum to baby number two and I found it to capture me quickly, was a great flowing read and with a great short chapter structure for mums with short reading ‘Windows’.

    I really enjoyed the evolution of Maribeth’s character and at times found im her confrontingly familiar. Many times throughout the novel I found myself considering how I would react or behave in similar circumstances.

    Readers who enjoy author’s such as Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes would also favour Forman’s writing. I am now extremely interested to explore her young adult novels and will keep my eye out for any future writing.

    Thanks again
    Megan

  14. Thank you for the opportunity to read Leave Me by Gayle Forman.

    It is the story of Maribeth Klein who is a busy working mother who unexpectedly has a heart attack. Once she is out of hospital everyone around her thinks it is back to normal, whereas for her things have definitely changed.

    One day when it all becomes too much she leaves her family. I enjoyed this process as I think we may all have fleetingly wanted to do this every now and then. I imagine it would have been hard to go without contact with her family and friends for so long. I liked the connections she made though, and these were written well.

    When she finally made contact with her husband I felt it went a bit easier than for most and some of her relationships at home were not explored enough. The ending was also quite swift.

    Having said that I enjoyed the book and the theme, and would really recommend it as a book to get you thinking.

  15. Maribeth has it all, husband, children, and a career working with her best friend, until an inconvenient heart attack turns her world upside down. Maribeth’s family is used to her being in control, and doing it all, and they don’t quite seem to understand that when she comes home from the hospital after open heart surgery she hasn’t just snapped back to being the person she was. So Maribeth does, what to her at the time seems to be the logical thing, she runs away from home!

    She leaves a note for her husband, withdraws $25,000 in cash, leaves behind her phone, identification and laptop, and with a small suitcase in hand walks away.

    Ironically she arrives in Pittsburgh, the place of her birth before she was adopted out as a small baby. Here she takes on her adopted mother’s maiden name, reinvents herself as M B Goldman and discovers the difficulties of trying to pay cash and not provide appropriate identification – particularly difficult when you need the services of a cardiologist!

    Eventually Maribeth finds lodging, and a cardiologist who will monitor her with no questions asked and so begins the process of healing, not just the physical aspects of major surgery but the emotional aspects of her life, including much that she has blocked away as unimportant.

    I found this book to be a very easy read, finishing it in one sitting. The characters were interesting and the book drew me in emotionally. While the story concentrated on Maribeth I liked the way Forman “grew” the additional characters, without having them detract from the central story line.

    I would certainly recommend this book, thank you to Beauty and Lace for allowing me the opportunity to review it.

  16. Just finished reading this about 20min ago . Wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this and it’s not my normal reading material . All in all I really liked it , Disappointed in the ending though . Not how I thought it would end . Interesting storyline , not sure I could do what Maribeth did although I’ve often thought about it . Thank you Beauty and Lace for allowing me to review this , I’ll be passing it on to another book loving friend to read .

  17. Leave Me by Gayle Forman was an interesting book. It flowed easily and certain parts I could relate to. Maribeth, the main character has her life turned upside down by a heart attack. Leaving behind her children and life, seems to her, the only way she can heal. Leave me ends to abruptly for my liking. To many unanswered questions. Maybe this is intentional for a following book?

  18. When the opportunity to review this book came up I was quick to respond with a positive. I hadnt read any of Gayle Formans previous books but reading the short preview of ‘Leave Me’ was enough to make me want to read this one.
    As I started reading ‘Leave Me’ I found I was sitting and nodding and amazed at the similarities between Maribeth and a friend of mine who had suffered a heart attack just 4 weeks before and was battling to get it across to their family that this was serious. Oddly some people seem to think you can just carry on as normal and they dont understand that this heart attack and the fact you survived means you were given a warning shot across the bow and you either listen and make big changes in your life or you carry on as is and start heading towards your next heart attack where this time you may not make it home again.
    Just as Maribeth did my friend had classic symptoms but where Maribeth wasnt aware she was having a heart attack my friend did as they had suffered a small heart attack 16years earlier. This one was different and like with Maribeth it caused damage to the heart. Maribeth has 4year old twins but my friend has grown twins, a boy and a girl and they both have their own families. Maribeths Mother and husband just dont seem to get that to start with Maribeth needs looking after and she cant do what she did before. My friend was still in hospital when their daughter was asking if they would drive her son to his football game that weekend.
    Once Maribeth was out of hospital she returned home to bare cupboards and a poor food selection for someone who has just had a very strong warning that things must change. No one thought I head out and get supplies in for her or to make sure she had meals. She was expected to get straight back into the normal care of the children which was much the same as my friend who was expected to run around from morning until late at night to drive his daughter and her children all over the countryside. My friend even faced a tantrum form their daughter when they were told that they couldnt go out that night to pick her son up from football. My friend gave in and picked her son up but the tantrum that I witnessed was amazing and it was that which made my friend decide that in time they will move far away from their family. Dealing with the selfishness of people that are supposed to love you and want to look after you is shocking and a real eye opener. Just as Maribeth found that for her own preservation she must run away my friend as decided the same thing but in a slightly different way. Sometimes when you see very clearly that people are just not understanding that you are important too, well,,,thats when you have to make sure that you start looking after you and placing yourself first.
    I understood where Maribeth was coming from and I know that she did what she did as an act of self preservation. She knew her children would be looked after and she knew if she didnt get away she was looking at perhaps being removed from this earth.

    I loved reading this book and read sections of it out loud to my friend who kept saying ” Oh I know that one” …Im going to visit my friend in a few weeks and I am taking my copy of this book so they can read it. I think if you have ever felt overwhelmed and unappreciated then you will feel Maribeths pain.

    I really enjoyed this book and will certainly look out for more of Gayles works.

  19. I felt for Maribeth, trying to run the household while recovering from a heart attack, and her husband and mother what a horrible character she was and did nothing doing to help. I felt the frustration, and when she left it was a mixture of surprise yet jubilation. of all the characters you got to know her the most and probably her husband as you read on the others Sunny, Todd, Stephen, Janice just seem like add in-characters who you get to know a small piece of there life but they could have more to offer but the character she was trying to find, which I thought where the story was leading up to meeting, didn’t get too much of a resolution. I guess Maribeth came to the retaliation she was always loved, but it went nowhere.
    Dealing with the selfishness of people that are supposed to love you and want to look after you is shocking and a real eye opener.

  20. As a wife & Mum of two young children, I’d be lying if I said I’d never fantasised about taking time away on my own to refresh & regroup. But that’s all it’s ever been – a fantasy.

    Maribeth Klein takes it to the next level by running away & starting a new life without the stresses of her family around her.

    The book begins with busy New Yorker Maribeth having an kunxpected heart attack. She soon learns what an enormous inconvenience this is to everyone around her. Maribeth’s IT geek husband, 4 year old twins, her annoying mother & her high flying magazine editor boss/best friend all seem sympathetic at first but the novelty quickly wears off and their patience wears thin.

    Maribeth’s solution is to escape the mad house & take off with a wad of cash & start a new “off the grid” life in Pittsburgh.

    My immediate impression of Maribeth is that she can be her own worst enemy – she overthinks everything & wears herself out trying to please everyone.

    As a Mum, I don’t think I could ever willingly run away on my children (as tempting as it sounds some days!). In escaping she slows down the pace of life but there are new challenges – living in the caah society is not as easy as it seems.

    I’ve not read any of Gayle Forman’s work before but I found this book easy reading, with well developed relatable (& sometimes frustrating!) characters.

    Even though I’d never actually go through with abandoning my own family, living the fantasy through Maribeth was like a holiday in itself! Great book, highly recommended.

  21. Leave Me was a light read that I got through quite quickly without needing a lot of concentration – so a great one to read at night after a long day. The story is narrated solely from the main character Maribeth in a series of chapters many of which are only a couple of pages long but there are some longer ones too. There are a handful of other characters who play a prominent part in the story, and then some others who make smaller appearances too.

    In essence the story is about Maribeth who thinks about escaping her everyday life and responsibilities as many of us probably do, but unlike most of us she makes the leap and does it – on a whim. We follow her journey in her ‘new’ life but for the most part it is fairly uneventful and she goes on living her everyday life as normal as it can be given the circumstances. It is revealed that Maribeth has a hidden agenda for her move to this particular town and I was expecting this to play a larger role later in the book but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

    Overall this was a nice light read that I enjoyed, but for me it wasn’t a very powerful story. I didn’t find myself really hooked in, or constantly thinking about the story after it finished. I think for me, I was left disappointed that we never really find out how her decision affects the bigger picture and the effect it has on her ‘old’ life. The story didn’t really go as far as I expected and there was so much left open at the end – there were so many questions that were never answered and I didn’t feel they were left in the mysterious way for you to imagine what may happen. I hope that there may be a sequel so we can learn more; in particular about her decision plays out on her ‘old life’ and about the hidden agenda she chose to move to this location for.

  22. Thank you Beauty & Lace and Simon & Shuster for allowing me to read such an enjoyable novel.

    Leave Me by Gayle Forman is a story about understanding oneself, forgiveness, family and friendship, health and seeing the bigger picture.

    Maribeth is in her forties and unfortunately has what we might call a mid-life crisis. After suffering a heart attack, fear kicks in and she feels she has to leave everything, including her family, to work on herself and understand who she really is.

    Throughout the novel, she finds new friends, a new man and slowly gets her health and life back on track. However, despite her new life, she feels guilty about leaving her family and eventually tries to reach out to them.

    The ending is sweet, if not a little predictable, but it ended the way I wanted it to.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and although I do not have children yet, I still feel like I could empathise with Maribeth and follow her journey of self-realisation.

    A fantastic read by Gayle. I’m looking forward to reading more novels from her.

  23. Thank you very much for the opportunity to read Leave Me by Gayle Forman.

    This was a very enjoyable and easy book to read. Maribeth’s journey kept me fascinated throughout the novel and I was very keen to find out what would become of her.

    Congratulations to the author for writing such an interesting novel which I gladly recommend to others. A wonderful read.

  24. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read Leave Me by Gayle Forman.

    This was an interesting and easy novel to read. I enjoyed Maribeth’s journey and was very keen to to find out what would happen to her.

    Congratulations to the author for writing such a fantastic novel which I I gladly recommend to others.

  25. My neighbour has just returned this book as I had already read and reviewed
    Like myself she found the book a enjoyable read the book flowed from chapter to chapter
    She would have liked a different ending as we don’t know the outcome ( will not say what outcome as don’t want to spoil for other readers )
    Maybe there will be follow up book hope so cause we both agree this was a very well written book

  26. Leave Me by Gayle Forman provided a realistic portrayal of a woman named Maribeth who was so consumed in the hustle and bustle of life. That she somehow lost herself amongst work, kids and her everyday tasks.

    The book explores Maribeth’s experience of having a heart attack and not even realising it due to all the other competing demands and deadlines. Through this experience the author explores what a mothers life would be like if she just picked up and left all her responsibilities.

    The book touches on other elements of the characters life such as being adopted and long time friendships. Maribeth truly goes on her own journey to find herself and determine what is important for her. There are a few interesting characters in her new life, including a slightly odd cardiologist with his own baggage and a couple of younger friends that create a supportive base for her to get back to where she is needed most.

    Gayle Forman has a way of blending the past and present experiences and linking the characters.

    I found the book was very easy to read and that I was able to relate to the characters. I Don’t want to give away too much, would recommend giving it a read to know more!

    Thanks again to Beauty & Lace for providing me with this opportunity.

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