2018.3 – You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

The start of 2018 has been super book exciting! At the end of December, I saw a flurry of tweets with authors excited for their books to come out in January. As I started following those retweeted authors, I found even more book retweets. Before I knew it, there were 5 pre-orders in my Amazon cart and numerous other books on hold from the library.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

One of the books with a lot of happy buzz was You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

This is book #3 for 2018, although it’s the first book I started and finished in 2018.

After reading Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell) back in 2014, I fell in love with books told by two perspectives. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is told by twin sisters Adina and Tovah, who see and experience the world in two very different ways. The blurb on Rachel Lynn Solomon’s website states that it is “A heartbreaking and lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate–whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.”

I love how open and raw the story is, neither character is forced or overdone. They are perfectly imperfect, struggling with big issues and handling them like teenagers tend to do. And, the thread of wrestling with their Jewish religion was beautifully intertwined into the story.

Confession: I read the first 3 chapters on Friday night, then read the rest of the book on Saturday. It’s the kind of book where I finish it, look up, and it takes a good few minutes before I can re-adjust to reality. Binge reading at its finest!

Overall, I highly recommend this book. Buy yourself a copy, and buy an extra one for a friend or your school library!


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