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Leave Me by Gayle Forman

My latest read is an excellent book called Leave Me. In it a woman runs away after having a heart attack and is overwhelmed by taking care of everything  while her body tries to recover. She has a husband and her mother comes to help, but both are pretty useless as any real help. She leaves.

A lot of people may have problems with a woman abandoning her children and husband. Not me. First of all, this is fiction and not real life. Secondly, if she hadn’t left, how would she have ever recovered? No one was willing to truly help her. They just expected her to do everything as she’s always done. (And she wasn’t a stay-at-home mother. She worked a full time job and all of the household stuff like cooking and cleaning, in addition to caring for the children while they weren’t in school.) There’s also more to the story, but I don’t want to post accidental spoilers. But the rest of the book touches on the topics of adoption, marriage, friendship, and motherhood.

I highly recommend this book. I’m a slow reader and it normally takes me at least a week to read a book, but this one was read in 3 days. It’s well written and paced well. I’ve read quite a few books this year that were good, but dragged in parts. No dragging in this book. I’ve seen some reviews on Goodreads where people take issue with the Maribeth leaving her children. Obviously don’t read this book if that is such a big problem for you. I mean, it’s a basic part of the book and listed in the description. Although, maybe you should still read the book, so that you develop a bit of empathy and stop being so judgemental of parents (especially mothers), which is a problem in society currently.



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The Sun In Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro

Today I finished reading The Sun in Your Eyes. The book revolves around the friendship of Viv and Lee, a much smaller focus on Viv’s marriage to and Lee’s past relationship with Andy. Viv is supposed to be a relatable character as someone who is married, just found out she’s pregnant (not a spoiler since we find out very early on), and is dissatisfied with her life because she can’t let go of the past. A large section of the book is from Viv’s point of view. At first I found her interesting, but by the end of that section, she just seemed annoying and unjustifiably bitter.

Maybe Viv was supposed to come across that way. Because the next section was from Lee’s perspective. This is not the first book I’ve read with a serious person who makes friends with a breathtakingly beautiful woman who always seems just out of everyone’s reach, in a troubled sort of way. Normally, I am much more sympathetic to the serious person, since I’m much more like her and others of the serious sort. But the way Viv’s section left me annoyed with her, made Lee more sympathetic and made me more open to getting inside of Lee’s head at just the time we do. Lee is the daughter of famous parents and is on the hunt for the missing last recordings of her dead famous musician father. Her section was much more interesting than Viv’s and I ended up having compassion for her and wish her section had been the larger one.

All in all¬†The Sun in Your Eyes is an okay book. It is nothing special, but not all books need to be. There is definitely a market for easy books that don’t take a lot of mental energy and aren’t dark like much of literary fiction.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, which did not influence my review.