Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Title: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Date: January 2nd 2018
Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon Pulse

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon is the coming-of-age story of two sisters. Twins Tovah and Adina are as different as the morning and the night; the former is a Nirvana fan, wants to become a surgeon and attend the Johns Hopkins University, while the latter plays the viola wants to become a soloist and in order to do so, she wants to attend a conservatory after high school.

Their Israeli mother has the Huntington’s disease which is slowly eating her alive. And their eighteenth birthday brought with it a test to see if any of them has inherited their mother’s disease.

I wasn’t very fond of Adina, most times she was mean and over-confident, liking to always have power over other people.

Tovah has everything planned for her future. However, she has not the confidence that Adina has when it regards her body.

Their parents are very religious people and while Tovah finds comfort in the Torah, Adina has lost her faith in it.

Despite the aversion I felt towards the violist sister, the story was touching. The book deals with important things: two sisters whose bond was broken for a single mistake, a family which is falling apart, the belief in religion shaken, the feeling that things rush past us and nothing will be the same as it was yesterday.

The book wants to give us the message of ‘Carpe Diem’, to not think about what will happen but trying to live this moment.

I related to the sibling relationship and I was deeply impressed by the protagonists fear of what the future reserves for them as I’m the same.

Written in a simple but raw way, the story alternates respectively Adina and Tovah’s point-of-views, making the story more touching and poignant; I could dive into their thoughts and feelings.

This is a gripping and moving book that taught me more about Jewish religion and I highly recommend this book. I give You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone 4 out of 5 stars.



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About the author

Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Pacific Northwest native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. Her debut contemporary YA novel, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse on January 2, 2018, with a second book, Our Year of Maybe, to follow in 2019.

Rachel has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR, and she currently works in education. Rachel lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and tiny dog. She’s represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.



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