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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  16,474 ratings  ·  2,309 reviews
Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and 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.

Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Algonquin Books
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Susan I also think she got the information she was needing by finding out that her grandmother died of a heart attack at a young age.
I also think she got the information she was needing by finding out that her grandmother died of a heart attack at a young age.

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Emily May
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2016
She felt so caught out. She’d thought she’d done everything right. She’d spent her entire life making lists, following through, keeping everything in check, all to make sure this kind of thing would never happen.
And look where it had gotten her. Just fucking look.

Looking back over seven years of Forman's work, I'm starting to see that her downfall may be her romanticism; her penchant for happy ever afters. It seems she has a romantic streak that - with one exception - weakens her otherwise s
Elyse  Walters
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Update: Kindle special ebook today: is $1.13 (funny price) --- --but great deal!!!

Audible Daily Deal today --$2.95 I read the physical book --and liked it. Lots to think about.
I'd buy this in a second for $2.95 if I had not already read it --and own it!

"Ma'am, are you in a crisis?"
"She was 44 years old and had suffered a heart attack and undergone bypass surgery. She'd run away from home and neither her husband nor her best friend had tried to contact her. And she couldn't swim. Yes, she was
Diane S ☔
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Immensely readable and entirely easy to relate. How many times when all my seven children were growing up, when I was ferrying them back and forth to school, outside activities, trying to keep up with housework, cooking, laundry, did I feel like getting in my car and running away? Way too many to count and I bet many other feel or have felt the same. In this book a 44 year old woman, suffers a heart attack, has bypass surgery and on release from the hospital finds her life with three year ol ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Okay I’m pissed at myself for being a big fat pile and refusing to log on to the computer in order to yack out a review before this thing expired from the library because I KNOW Maribeth provided some pretty quotable quotes that made me laugh. Oh well . . . .

Let me start this half-assery by telling you that Maribeth is not for everyone. Different strokes for different folks and all that jazz so I won’t judge you if you ar
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?

I usually love Gayle Forman books

What I thought

You are supposed to want to root for the lead character but I just can't root for Maribeth. I can't root for somebody who abandons their family and cheats on their husband. That's all I got to say.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I have been here. I have tried to do this.

Almost twelve years ago, I had my first baby. And two months later, in the throes of postpartum depression, I got my purse and my keys and started to get in my car to leave. My baby was upstairs in his bassinet. My husband was at work. And my plan was to go and not come back for a few years, because I couldn't handle it. Life. Motherhood. Personhood. Anything.

I was checked by a phone call from my mom. I got on medication. I got better, though I
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I mean, I appreciated the sentiment and all that, there was just nothing particularly compelling or interesting about this for me.
Noel Luis
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: above-average

Picture this: a man wakes up one day with a toothache. He ignores it for a while, but soon the pain becomes so unbearable that he decides to pack his bags and go on a spiritual quest to find the Dalai Llama. On the journey, he meets a kind Sherpa who guides him up the perilous slopes of Tibet. Things go well for a while until disaster strikes: they are beset by a vicious snowstorm and end up stranded. After days of starvation, the Sherpa sacrifices his body as sustenance for t
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Maribeth Klein, forty-four years old, works as an editor for a magazine in New York City. She and her husband Jason are parents of twins who are four years old. They have a busy stressful life juggling two careers, marriage, meals, etc. which mostly falls upon Maribeth.

Maribeth wakes up one morning not feeling well. Believing it to be indigestion from dinner from the night before, she continues with her daily routine. Luckily, she seeks medical care because she has had a heart attack that requir
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I wont say too much about this book but I just thought it was too slow The characters were okay, but it just plodded along this wasn't for me although I loved I Was Here in her YA category 3stars. ...more
This was my first Gayle Forman novel. I'd been seeing her name pop up frequently, so when this became available on the library overdrive, I picked it up, not knowing much about it.

Hmm, talk about relating to a character - in this case, it almost felt like too much, especially since Maribeth, the protagonist of this short novel, and I are of a similar vintage.

There were many things I liked about this novel, besides its relatability. I appreciated Forman daring to write about a mother - "the sain
Trina (Between Chapters)
Although the protagonist did many unlikable things, this story had me compelled to keep reading and it gave me a lot to think about. Maybe because I had so recently had an unexpected surgery, but I became so emotionally invested in Maribeth right away. When she was trying to recover from her heart attack, I wanted to scream at her family for not helping her. I was rooting for her to escape, although I had such mixed feelings about her doing so because this is a mother and wife leaving her family ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leave Me by Gayle Foreman
This is a story about a woman named Maribeth Klein who is a mother of twins who are four years old. She is married to her husband Jason who earns less money than Maribeth earns at her highstress job working with her best friend Elizabeth, who is an executive Editor at a magazine in New York City. Maribeth is forty four years old when she has two heart attacks.

After double bypass surgery, Maribeth returns home after only a week of recuperating in the hospital and it is if
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Gayle Forman writes such emotional books. And for the fist two thirds of this novel I really liked it. It follows the story of Maribeth Klein and how she suddenly leaves her life one day. What I like is that Maribeth feels like such a real character. I completely understand her reasons for leaving her family. I found myself supporting them all as the story developed. This book really shines the spotlight on women who are somehow expected to do it all. She has the family, the career.. All these c ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Some books hit you at the exact time they could make the most impact & that’s exactly how I feel about Leave Me. My life is incredibly overwhelming, especially this past year. I know there are many people who feel the same way. In my most frustrating times, I’ve contemplated running away, so reading about a 42-year-old mother who realizes she’s not getting what she needs
Aj the Ravenous Reader
"Sometimes leaving someone is the most loving thing you can do."

Ms. Gayle Forman is definitely a capable writer. I really adore how effortlessly she could use intertextuality and popular references in her writing and still make it lyrical. I've already read several of her books and over time, she has earned a spot in my trusted authors list.

Leave Me is a very memorable as much as it is a very relatable read for me especially since I'm a new mom. But the truth is I believe any mom who pick
Jessica Jeffers
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, fiction
When my boss left for BEA this year, he asked if there was anything he should bring back for me (as I'd been badgering him about it for a couple of weeks, TBH). I gave him a list of four or five books, but this was the only one he was able to snag. He brought it back just on time for me to go on vacation -- lovely timing, as this is tailor-made vacation reading.

(And now my obligatory plea: stop calling things "chick lit" or "women's fiction" because they are light or feature female protagonists
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Maribeth Klein is a wife and mother of twins who also has a demanding career and struggles with finding that perfect balance. When she begins having chest pains it's more of an inconvenience to her schedule that she doesn't give much thought to until given the advice to go get checked at the E.R.

Maribeth finds that she has suffered a heart attack and ends up needing bypass surgery but when she returns home she finds that the stress is still all around her. Taking her health into her own hands M
Susanne  Strong
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are mother, could you ever imagine leaving your kids? No matter what the reason? What if you had a heart attack and when trying to recuperate, it was clear that you were a burden on your family, so you went back to the same old habits? And at some point, it became the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Maribeth Klein, (the main character in Leave Me by Gayle Forman) is one of those women. After her heart attack, she can’t take the stress of having to take over all of the old parenting and
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 8/29/16, edited for full review 8/31/16: I’m a HUGE Gayle Forman fan so any book of hers, no matter the age range or genre, will be on my radar. When I heard that LEAVE ME was adult contemporary, I had to admit that I wasn’t super excited about it since I haven’t been reading as much “serious” contemporary lately and I don’t really read it on the adult level — I’m more of a YA gal. Either way, it was Gayle Forman and I knew no matter what, I was in good hands so I was excited ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars
Maribeth Klein, mother of four year old twins and holding down a full time position at Frap, a celebrity lifestyle magazine, has a heart attack. She is hospitalised, operated on and nearly dies. You would expect when she comes home her husband and family would be completely supportive and caring. Instead, Maribeth feels too much is left to her to do and no-one is supporting her. She packs a bag, withdraws a sum of money and leaves her husband, Jason, mother and twins Liv an
Laura Rash
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I think just about every Mom has thought of running away from home if nothing more than to make a statement of how much we do on a day to day basis that makes the world go round. I liked the resolution that Maribeth got with all her family dimensions but some of it was far fetched. Not very Mom has $25k to withdraw & run away to Pittsburgh. An enjoyable read but needed a lil more grit for my taste.
Stay Fetters
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
I know I'm supposed to look past Maribeth abandoning her family, but I can't. This has made me so angry.
Forman usually writes books that twist your emotions and wreck you for days. This is everything else but that.
Maribeth has an almost perfect life. A steady job for a popular magazine, a loving husband and two wonderful kids. But stress can ruin everyones perfect life. Feeling sluggish and sick, she believes its the food she ate. Until she is sent to the ER.
A life altering moment and shes in e
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Inspired by a real-life health scare and the authors adopted daughter, Gayle Foreman's first adult novel is a complex, character-driven read. Maribeth is a career woman, working long hours writing for a popular magazine called Frap. She spends little time with her family and when she does she is expected to be the most involved parent despite her husband also working full-time.

Things come to a head when working back one night she starts to feel chest pain. Thinking it is just indigestion from a
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, read-2016
Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors, so I was really excited to see her publish Leave Me. Then, I read the description of the story, and it completely spoke to me!

I jumped right in with high hopes of connecting with the main character and possibly experiencing some self-discovery of my own. I mean, what over-worked mother doesn't fantasize about a little get-a-away to focus on just yourself? Everything about Maribeth jumped right out at me… works full-time (check), two young and very, ve
Maria Espadinha
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Overwhelming Snow Ball

I must confess that after reading the first part of this book, I was completely exhausted!
By the time I reached the last item in the daily tasks list of this working mother, I was already panting like my dog after chasing all seagulls at the beach!

Poor Mom!...
No wonder she had a heart attack!
Run, mother, run...
Save yourself from that slave life, before it leads you to the grave!

It seems to me that slavery didn't die after all!
It just sneaks around, carefully disguised,
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Leave Me left me feeling a bit raw, with my emotions and my heartbeat just underneath the surface of my skin.

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In many ways, I was totally prepared to hate Maribeth, the main character in Leave Me. A 44-year-old mom of twins, a career woman, a wife, a friend, a daughter... One day, she was feeling out of sorts and it took until later the next day for her to figure out that she was having a heart attack. Which ended with her having
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
3.5 stars

I have mixed emotions about this story. Mary Beth and Jase are parents to twins and both have busy careers. A lot of the juggling at home seems to be done by Mary Beth but Jase is also very hands on too. Jase is in the middle of a big project at work which means he is pulling huge hours and not as available as he normally would be. It has created a bit of anger and resentment in Mary Beth.

Mary Beth is a perfectionist in all things in her life. Like a lot of women who work outside of the
Book Riot Community
It was the premise that first drew me in. An overworked, underappreciated mother with a full-time job has a heart attack. And sure, her family’s concerned. At least initially. But then, the narrator gets the sense that her family resents the time she’s taking to recuperate. Overwhelmed and pissed off, she decides to run away. Whaaaaat? Me? Identify with this narrator? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Anyway. I don’t usually spend money on hardcovers but, as soon as I read the opening page ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Leave Me by Gayle Forman. Whoa.

So I feel like I should preface this review by saying that Gayle Forman is my favorite author. Just One Day is my all-time favorite YA book, and it changed my life. To say I had high expectations for Leave Me, her first adult book, is an understatement.

That said, going in, I already had some reservations about the main character, Maribeth, who decides to leave her family after a heart attac
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Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture.

Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest

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