Leave Me by Gayle Forman
3 ⭐️’s from me.
Goodreads Summary: “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.”
It is easy to see how Maribeth becomes so overwhelmed with the perfection demanded by society, so when she leaves everything and everyone to escape we follow her attempts to find herself again.This book is definitely full of humor as promised and you will find yourself laughing.
However, I did find it somewhat unrealistic and annoying. Maribeth’s overly romanticized view of life and constant comparison to others is draining. Her family’s reaction was not entirely credible. I think this a characterization that may speak to some and not all.
Well-written, but not my cup of tea.