Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

13th Sep 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Leave Me by Gayle FormanLeave Me by Gayle Forman
Published by Algonquin Books
Pub Date: September 6th 2016
Pages: 343
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
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3.5 Stars

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.

Leave Me was a very interesting book for me. On one end, I am 28 years old and have no children so my life is a lot more relaxed than that of most around me. On the other end, I am the youngest of 7 children and the daughter of a stay-at-home mom who carried the majority of that weight alone. Although I’ve never been the one tiny mouths depended on, I can recall looking around more than once and wondering how the heck she did it. So even though I couldn’t relate to our main character Maribeth firsthand, I felt for her because I knew she was the unofficial spokeswoman for many women across the world!

“The logistics of their weekends generally made her feel like an air traffic controller, but right now, she just couldn’t keep the planes in the air.” 

Gayle Forman poured herself into this novel and you can feel Maribeth’s frustration jump out at you. The first half of the book was spent with me having the overwhelming desire to shake those around her. It hurt to see a woman who selflessly put herself last get taken for granted by those she put first. I couldn’t necessarily agree with the way Maribeth chose to play things out, but I could understand the thought process behind her decisions.

“I believe you have a healthy heart. The doctors have done their part. But if you want to get better, really better, well you’re going to have to do that for yourself.” 

I really enjoyed the first 3 quarters of this book and the range of characters we met in the process. It was the ending that felt a bit abrupt. I sort of felt like story lines were opened up that this book could have done without (in particular her 2nd doctor) and I would have liked either an extended ending or an epilogue. Either way, I do think that this book was made for the many women who feel taken for granted, unappreciated, and have fantasized about taking a couple of weeks off. I don’t think up and leaving the way Maribeth did is for everyone, but I do believe that Leave Me can serve as a daydream of“what if”.

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

25th Aug 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Just One Night by Gayle FormanJust One Night by Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day #2.5
Published by Viking Juvenile
Pub Date: May 29th 2014
Pages: 40
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

Yes! Just One Night was like the cherry on top of a delicious, lovely cake. Gayle Forman definitely indulged us, her fans, with this perfect novella.

I wasn’t one who was unhappy with Just One Year. Of course I thought it would be different, more along the lines of Where She Went, but I loved it anyway. You can read more of my thoughts on that in my review of Just One Year. And if you want to, check out my Just One Day review too. ;)

Back to the point! It’s a short point, but lets focus. Just One Night was made me happy. It made so many people happy. Seeing those two crazy kids finally together and happy made my heart swell. Make sure you guys pick this up immediately!

 

 

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

10th Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Just One Year by Gayle FormanJust One Year by Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day #2
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: October 10th 2013
Pages: 323
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day.

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

 

Soon after I started this book I realized it was going to be a sort of full circle story for Willem. I must admit I had some expectations for this book. I thought it would go a little more like Where She Went, buuuuut it didn’t. It’s a really confusing feeling to expect something from a story, yet feeling this rightness at how it is actually told. I feel melancholy for what I wanted to happen and didn’t, but not so that it took away from how much I loved it.

Just One Year takes Willem and us on a globe-trotting journey of self-discovery, much like Allyson’s. Willem’s journey is just as emotional and freeing, just with more people and places around the world. But it was the parallel of the their stories that really made my heart race. The times where they were so close, yet not close enough! DAMN. We get to know about Willem’s parents and their story, which turned out to be a bit of a full circle for him.

It’s incredible to me how much a person can learn, grow, and change in a year. Willem had a lot of healing to do. His encounter with Allyson derailed his original plans, but it also made him stop running. And with him no longer running, he was able to realize how much he was hurting and how much he needed his family, especially his mother. The evolution of their relationship really made my heart hurt for both of them, but it also made my heart soar by the end.

*This paragraph may be spoilery to some, so feel free to skip over it.*      I loved that Willem never gives up on finding Allyson, even when he gets discouraged, he doesn’t completely stop. And he ALWAYS thinks of her, always wants her there. I will admit that seeing him with other girls stung a little, in fact I hated it, but I understood it and it never changed his feelings for Allyson, which then made me feel bad for the girls, lol. So many conflicting emotions because of this book!

Gayle Forman has given us such a unique pair of books. I loved this. I loved how parallel they were. The ending of Just One Year is perfect. It’s not typical, but perfect for this story, for its readers. But now what do we do?! When will we get our next Gayle Forman fix?! I really hope it’s soon because I need more of her books in my life.

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About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

3rd Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day by Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day #1
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: January 8th 2013
Pages: 368
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left.

Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

I’ve had my copy of Just One Day for a few weeks, but I knew that I wanted to make this the first book I read in 2013. So I tortured myself by waiting, and the morning of January 1st, making my coffee and grabbing this book off my shelf felt like the most perfect thing ever.

Just One Day took me on a whirlwind of places I want to visit…from England to Paris, and that was just the start! I truly felt as though I was experiencing these places first hand. Gayle Forman does a wonderful job of vividly describing them to us. There was just this richness to each description that made it impossible not to envision.

Allyson was a character I felt instant empathy for. Her journey of self-discovery was one that left my heart incredibly raw. All the highs and lows, I felt them all so strongly with her. Seeing all the growing she does from the first page to the end made me feel like a proud friend, one watching and encouraging her from afar.

You might be asking yourself what the heck I’m talking about by this point. I mean, like me, you probably thought looking at the the title that this whole book would be about the One Day, right? Well, it’s actually broken up into two parts. Part one is the Just One Day, then there’s part two. I think this made the story have so much more depth. It’s not just a romantic jaunt through Paris in one day with a dreamy guy, it’s about falling in love, the forever kind, and what happens when you lose that.

The dreamy guy? Willem. Yeah, he was dreamy, for sure! But also a bit of a ladies man, which always stings. We don’t really get to know him deeply enough to know his reasons for being that way, but if I had to guess, I’d say it probably has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a drifter and will always need a place to crash for a night or two, so why not with a girl. It’s mostly necessity, if you ask me, because from what we learn of him, he’s definitely the type that will only be in love once and for good. He’s smart, and confident, and gorgeous, and I fell in love with him too. He definitely stained me for good.

Just One Day is literally how long it took me to finish this book. I couldn’t put it down, you guys! I spent most of Part Two in a glass case of emotion*, so close to shattering. Though, toward the end, I started feeling this excitement, this exhilaration and anticipation of what would happen. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. And upon finishing, upon reading the last page, my heart was doing this weird thing where it was both happy and crushed because it was over…for now. See, the next book, Just One Year, will be out later this year but that just seems like an eternity right now.

I went into this book with such high expectations. After all, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went is one of my favorite books ever. It met them. All my expectations were met. :)

 

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

April @ Good Books and Good Wine – “Yo, if you love books that are about people finding themselves, coming of age, and quite simply love in it’s myriad forms, it’s likely you’ll fall for Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

Sab @ YA Bliss – “Like a cup of sweet hot cocoa… So warm. So rich. So incredibly delicious.

Jessica @ Wastepaper Prose – “Needless to say, Just One Day is one you need to read, especially for all Gayle Forman fans.


*BAHAHA – I can’t believe I just used a Ron Burgundy reference in a book review! And used it with such sincerity! *sigh* It was fitting, ok!

 

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Just One Day

3rd Oct 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Blog Tours, Reviews, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Just One Day

Waiting on Wednesday: Just One DayJust One Day by Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day #1
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: January 8th 2013
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A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

 

Are you kidding…I will read anything by Gayle Forman, without question!! Having also read the excerpt on EW, I’m even MORE EXCITED! It’s going to be amazing. I just know it.

 

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Anna and the French Kiss | Lola and the Boy Next Door | We’ll Always Have Summer | Where She Went

20th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – Anna and the French Kiss | Lola and the Boy Next Door | We’ll Always Have Summer | Where She Went

A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

This week I give you The Contemps. :) Possibly my favorite playlist yet.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins*sigh*Our dearest Anna & Etienne…this song is for them because they never could tell each other how they felt. They could only daydream about declaring their feelings to one another and be together. :)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins & If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz

Hello, tell me you know
Yeah, you figured me out
Something gave it away
It would be such a beautiful moment
To see the look on your face
To know that I know that you know now
And baby that’s a case of my wishful thinking
You know nothing
Well you and I
Why, we go carrying on for hours on end
We get along much better
Than you and your boyfriend

Well all I really wanna do is love you
A kind much closer than friends use
But I still can’t say it after all we’ve been through
And all I really want from you is to feel me
As the feeling inside keeps building
And I will find a way to you if it kills me
If it kills me

How long, can I go on like this,
Wishing to kiss you,
Before I rightly explode?
This double life I lead isn’t healthy for me
In fact it makes me nervous
If I get caught I could be risking it all
Cause maybe there’s a lot that I miss
In case I’m wrong

If I should be so bold
I’d ask you to hold my heart in your hand
I’d tell you from the start how I’ve longed to be your man
But I never said a word
I guess I’m gonna miss my chance again

 

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsThere’s a scene near the end of the book where Cricket tells Lola a story about stars…instantly thought of this song :)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins & Yellow by Coldplay

“…and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake his neighbors. People wondered who’d turned on the floodlights.”

“The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.
[…]
Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
[…]
It’s true,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine.
Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

 

 

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanOh, man, did this book bring the tears!! Belly and Conrad…this is SO their song!! *runs away crying*

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han & Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy

I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do
[…]
I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind

So you’re gone and I’m haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy
To walk right in and out of my life?

 

 

SO much about this song is Adam…SO MUCH! From the way the music starts then rises when he hits the “RAAAAGE” part, then comes back down. And the lyrics! I can’t even…*sigh*

The part in the song “A white blank page and a swelling rage, rage” and the scene where Adam snaps and begins writing songs again?! Seriously! Just..whoa.

Where She Went by Gayle FormanThis song is the embodiment of Adam in Where She Went.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman & White Blank Page by Mumford & Sons

Can you lie next to her
And give her your heart, your heart
As well as your body
And can you lie next to her
And confess your love, your love
As well as your folly
And can you kneel before the king
And say I’m clean, I’m clean

But tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart
But tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart
A white blank page and a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, the brink
You desired my attention but denied my affections, my affections

Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life
Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life

 

 

About Gayle Forman

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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