Hi there! I can’t wait for you all to read this book. It is PHENOMENAL. I love it so much, but you’ll get to read more about that later in this post! Congratulations to Rachel Lynn Solomon for writing such a profound and amazing book!!
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 2, 2018
A moving, 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.
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.
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 in spring 2018, with a second book, A Year of Bad Ideas, 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.
I LOVE stories about sisters! I have talked about how I have three sisters here before, so when I read about other sisters it’s interesting to see the differences and similarities in the characters and my own experience.
Tovah and Adina quickly became two of my favorite characters in YA lit. They are both strong and fierce. They are driven women who are struggling to figure out what their relationship means now that they have the results of the Huntington’s test.
Tovah is someone who struggles to figure out who she is outside of the strict parameters she’s put on herself. She decided that she wanted to be a surgeon and has pursued her dream of getting into Johns Hopkins as a way of trying to control things in such an unpredictable life. I loved her because I could relate to her on so many levels. I remember when I had my heart set on a college when I was a senior. There is so much pressure to do well and exceed your expectations. Telling other people your dream is hard and it adds to the stress. You feel like you can’t let those people down either. I love how her character changes throughout the book. She begins to question if she even wants to be a surgeon. It’s so hard nowadays because people expect us to have our lives figured out at such a young age. I feel it now more than ever as a freshman in college.
Adina is gorgeous and is confident in her looks, yet she finds that she feels empty and like it’s the defining factor in her personality even though it isn’t. Adi feels that she can only play the viola and be a pretty girl. The comments she gets from other people (i.e. “You’re so pretty, you must have a boyfriend”, etc.) make her feel as though she can only achieve things because of her good looks. It cuts into her self-esteem, and I really love this portrayal of it. I don’t think people realize how damaging it is to a girl when you only compliment her on her appearance. You’re equating her worth to something so shallow when she contains multitudes. Something else that Adina loves is the viola. She is in love with it and that is where she feels most like herself. When she realizes that if she has HD she won’t be able to play for as long as she would like, Adi is more determined than ever to become a soloist. I admire her resolve in the face of losing something so close to her heart. As a musician myself, my heart went out to her as she struggled with the unknown.
Another major theme within this book was the feeling of being overshadowed. Adina feels she can’t measure up to Tovah’s academic excellence, and Tovah feels small next to her gorgeous sister who is a viola prodigy. Both of them must figure out how to reconcile their perceptions of the other girl with who she truly is with her human flaws. The changes their relationship goes through is full of raw emotion, and I love how honest it is.
Tovah and Adina are both Jewish. When they get their results of the HD test, both of them take different routes in how they feel about faith. One feels that God wouldn’t let these bad things happen to people. He wouldn’t let HD take their mother from them slowly. She feels betrayed and blindsided. The other sister feels more reinvigorated by her religion. When she reads the Torah she finds comfort in the words. She doesn’t blame God for what is happening. The differences in the girls’ faith is something that can be found across religions. Religion means different things to different people, and I like how the sister who is bolstered by her faith realizes that it’s a personal struggle for the individual. It’s not something we should push upon other people, and I think this is something crucial in today’s world.
I feel like I’ve talked your ear off about this book! That’s because I feel so passionately about this book and its beauty!! I highly recommend this to everyone. Really, it’s worth every minute spent reading!
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