I received an arc of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley.
AHHHHHH, this book made me feel so many emotions. I’m extremely grateful to have received and read an arc of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. The novel was getting a lot of hype on YA Book Twitter, and I’m so glad that I checked it out because You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone definitely lived up to the hype. Not only that, but it’s also a contemporary Jewish ownvoices book, which is awesome because up until recently, these stories were difficult to find in YA. So with all that said, here’s a look at the summary:
“Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.
But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.
When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.
These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?
From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.”
I adored this book. I’ll start with the main characters, Tovah and Adina. Though they’re twins, their personalities and life stories are so wildly different. They’re both messy and complex, especially Adina. It took me a while to get where she was coming from, despite her reasoning, but once I fully understood I was rooting for her character. Sometimes having control is the only way to get through life, and for awhile that’s how Adina stayed afloat: by always being in control. I loved Tovah. She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways, and it was awesome to see that being smart was cool. I also liked how Rachel Lynn Solomon portrayed the college admissions process. It was a small aspect, but it added a lot to the story. It’s awesome to see that college and the college process is starting to have more of a place in YA, because it’s such an integral part of many high school YA readers’ experiences.
I also really loved how important faith was to the story. It was great to see how both Tovah and Adina identified and interacted with Judaism in different ways. In addition, it was refreshing to see a story about Jewish teens that wasn’t focused on the Holocaust. Because while that’s an important part of Jewish history, and those stories are important, it’s not all of their history and Jewish people are much more than that one horrific event. I recommended this book to one of my best friends, who’s Jewish, and she’s super excited to read it.
All of the relationships within You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone are so well-crafted. From the family relationships, to the friendships, to the romantic relationships. They’re are so complex, and provide so much depth to the story. There isn’t one relationship that I think was more or less important than another because they all carried weight.
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is on my list of most anticipated 2018 releases. It releases January 2nd, so be sure to check it out. It’s such an important and emotional and well-written read.