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Book Trigger Warnings: Suicide idealization and self-harm.
This was one of my most-anticipated books of the year (my first on my list) and I absolutely loved it. It was beautiful, heart-wrenching, and gorgeously written with fully-realized characters.
If you are currently--or are looking into--writing a book with dual points of views, please pick up this book. Rachel Lynn Solomon balances both Adina and Tovah's voices masterfully. It's rare to find books with multiple perspectives that manages to make its narrator authentic and entirely their own person. And Rachel Lynn Solomon accomplishes that.
It was also wonderful to have a book where Judaism was so interwoven. (I loved, loved, LOVED Tovah and Zack, by the way. I need an entire book about them. Please.)
I have friends who are Jewish and I'm also interested in learning about their religion and culture, especially from their own perspectives, so I hope that Jewish readers who pick up this book enjoy that aspect as well.
Please pick up this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I know I can't wait for what Rachel Lynn Solomon has in store for us next.
This book. THIS BOOK. YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE is a captivating, mesmerizing debut. Rachel somehow managed to break my heart (again and again and AGAIN), soothe it, warm it, break it some more, mend it, and on--leaving a lingering hope-tangled ache post-reading.
The sister/twin dynamic between Adina and Tovah is complex and real. Seattle shines clear and true, and the alternating POVs effortless and the year-long movement of time fluid. But also, ALSO, this book tackles incredibly important topics: Huntington's Disease (which I knew so little about previously), sex, death, love, "forbidden" love, Judaism (this is the first novel I've read in which I absolutely felt like I gained an understanding of what it means to be Jewish, and how it integrates into everyday life), sisterhood, and growing up--grappling with the prospect of letting go of the epic plans we make for ourselves.
I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy in 2018, hug it, reread it, hug it some more, and share it with everyone.
I am the daughter of an identical twin and this was recommended to me by the daughter of my mom's identical twin who is genetically my 1/2 sister although society says she is a cousin. This is about a family that struggles with a horrific disease and the relationship between the twins. Throughout the book I was able to identify with them and see them through the lens of my mom and her sister, both of whom struggled with difficult diseases throughout their lives. Whether you are a twin, know twins, or not, this piece of literary fiction is so well done I consider it a must read!
I fall into this story every time I read it. Solomon's beautiful descriptions, vivid characters and fantastic storytelling bring the novel to life and I feel like Adina and Tovah are friends I've spent years with. The issues they struggle with break my heart and make me want to hug them both or give them a good shake occasionally. This novel is so raw and real and beautiful and unforgettable and a million other words that can't quite capture what a fantastic tale the author has spun. I know the characters will stay with me for years and years and this is a book I'm going to be coming back to. It made me cry, made me laugh, and is definitely an all-time favorite.
YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE is the best kind of read. Beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful, and real, and it's one I'll come back to again and again. The story follows twins Adina and Tovah as they struggle with the aftermath of opposite test results for Huntington's Disease. Adina and Tovah are complex, fully-realized characters who feel real, and you can't help but root for both of them. Your heart will break, and ultimately be put back together by this gorgeous story you won't soon forget.
Amazing debut. I'm so often underwhelmed by hyped books but this one lived up to every bit of good press. I know so little about the Jewish faith and Huntington's disease, and the author spells it out so wonderfully. I lived in Seattle for 11 years and it's so obvious the author knew the city well. The relationship between Adina and Tovah reminded me so much of my relationship with my sister, and I found myself crying at the end and rooting for both of them.
This book is the kind of book I want my daughter to read one day! Very refreshing to see such a difficult topic made accessible in YA literature. Elegantly written, relatable— this book has characters that stick with you and that draw you in. Couldn’t put it down!
A little bit of a stretch to believe some characters actions and events, but still a good story. It definitely makes you think about the pros and cons of genetic testing. The comparison of how the twins felt about their religion was done well.
I read this in one sitting. It was a beautiful, gutsy story. The characters don't pull any punches when they talk to each other. That's part of what made it feel so real. Some of my favorite lines were deceptively simple ones right in the middle of the book. So many gorgeous parallels