You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
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. When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s, and 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?
This was one of my most anticipated novels, and, unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. Despite the intriguing premise, the characters were unlikeable and difficult to like.
When fraternal twins Tovah and Adina turn 18, they decide to get tested to see if they will inherit Huntington’s disease – the same disorder their mother is suffering from. One sister tests positive; the other tests negative. How will their lives – and their relationship – ever be the same?
Despite being twins, Tovah and Adina are complete opposites. Tovah is an aspiring surgeon who has spent all of high school set on getting accepted to the prestigious John Hopkins University. Adina, on the other hand, is a violin prodigy.
However, both sisters are both extremely selfish and cruel. For example, when their test results come back and it shows that View Spoiler »Adina « Hide Spoiler will eventually inherit Huntington’s disease, View Spoiler »Tovah « Hide Spoiler isn’t empathetic or supportive toward her sister, instead selfishly complaining that View Spoiler »she got deferred from John Hopkins University « Hide Spoiler.
However, the novel had some definite strong points as well. The emphasis on Judaism and religion was refreshing, and I enjoyed how realistic the familial dynamics were. Sadly, however, that just wasn’t enough to counteract how unlikeable the characters were. If you’re looking for a YA contemporary about Huntington’s disease with more likable characters, try Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern instead.
Maybe we’ll never fully understand each other or know all of each other’s secrets, and surely we’ll never recapture our childhood innocence. But we can have something new.