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You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone Paperback – 1 February 2019

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  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (1 February 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 148149774X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1481497749
  • Reading age : 14 years and up
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.79 x 20.96 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A 2019 Sydney Taylor Honor
A Top Ten Winter 2017-2018 Indie Next Pick
A Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Selection
Justine Magazine’s Most Anticipated Books 2018

“Heartfelt, deeply moving.” Buzzfeed

“[A] dark and thought-provoking debut novel.” Publishers Weekly

“Solomon has created two distinct voices for Adina and Tovah. Neither girl is perfect, but both are realistically drawn as young women on the cusp of adulthood struggling with grief, guilt, and anxiety while trying to figure out their place in the world.” School Library Journal

“A stunning debut.” VOYA

“A well-executed, somber study of the devastating impact of incurable disease on a family.” —Booklist

“Compelling . . . readers will appreciate this story of heartbreak and, ultimately, family resilience.” BCCB

“This story unfolds as twin sisters search for common ground while navigating the complexities of life, love, and the devastating realization that their fates are already sealed. I cried knowing that each twin would suffer immeasurable loss, yet only one would succumb.” —Stacey Haerr, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)

“An honest and heartwarming story about luck, love, and what it means to trust your fate.” —Kim Bissell, Broadway Books (Portland, OR)

About the Author

Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com.

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Trish Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars All the feels
Reviewed in Canada on 5 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of sisterhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of sisterhood.
Reviewed in the United States on 28 April 2019
“We are a doomed family—but we are not done fighting yet. One thing is certain: before I go, I am going to make a hell of a lot of noise.”

At the heart of it, this is a book about finding back your sister, even when she hurt you, even when you hurt her.

In this deep-felt story, one of the twin sisters is tested positive on a Huntington’s disease, a rare degenerative disorder, and one is tested negative. Rachel Lynn Solomon strings in the pains and traumas what means to live life with certainty and what it can mean to live in the absence of it.

What does one do when she knows she is doomed, one way or the other, and is there salvation in that painful certainty. Can a person choose to live decently when she realizes life hasn’t been fair to her from the very beginning?

Through the story of Tovah and Adina, the writer answers some of the aforementioned questions, with dramatic ups and downs.

Adina is a complex three-dimensional character. She isn’t a pitch-perfect person, but her struggles bring the reader to question their own moral compass. She is so real.

The story of losing and finding a sister, one of the closest relationships, depicts what truly matters when time is ticking.

My favorite lines from the book:

· Textbooks and exams don’t have emotions. They’re much safer.

· I’ve spent my entire life feeling different because I speak another language, because I don’t celebrate the same holidays as most people, because I don’t call my parents Mom and Dad.

· The piece is so beautiful, I ache right alone with it. It is hopeful, then hopeless, then flitting between the two as thought it cannot make up its mind. (Lovely lines.)

· As a kid, I couldn’t stand it when people said “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” It’s easy to be inclusive, and yet most people just don’t care.

· What is it about bad movies that make them so much better than good movies?

· I spent the next few years consumed by Holocaust literature. Consumed by trying to find a why somewhere in all that history, heartbroken when I couldn’t. You can spend lifetimes searching tragedies for reasons why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heartbreaking story of sisterhood and friendship
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Debut in 2018
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