Review

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: January 2nd 2018
by Simon and Schuster

two-stars

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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?

Review:

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 » will eventually inherit Huntington’s disease, View Spoiler » isn’t empathetic or supportive toward her sister, instead selfishly complaining that View Spoiler ».

While I love characters who are flawed or antiheroes (think Kaz from Six of Crows and Adelina from The Young Elites), I just don’t enjoy reading about characters who are inherently selfish and cruel.

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.

two-stars

8 thoughts on “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this book kind of disappointed you 🙁 I have been eagerly anticipating that one for a while as well, I love great family dynamics in my stories, but I’m sorry that you found the characters a bit too unlikeable :/ I’m still looking forward to reading it someday, but I’ll be cautious for sure, sometimes it’s good to lower our expectations 🙂
    Lovely review! 🙂

  2. This looks interesting (I’m an 18 year old twin who’s just moved away from her sister, haha) but selfish characters definitely sound a bit off putting. It sounds super depressing as well. I’d be so sad if that happened to me 🙁

  3. I was looking forward to this one, and I may still check it out. I think reading about unlikeable characters can be interesting at times, and more realistic. That being said, I don’t tend to like it if characters are completely unlikable, either.

  4. I’ve seen this one pop up on a few lists lately and that’s so disappointing Zoe. I like flawed characters, even unlikable ones but will never be on board with cruelty, even if it’s part of a character transformation and redemption further into the narrative. I love the family dynamics but it doesn’t sound as though it’s enough to overcome such unlikable characters. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you Zoe, thanks for the wonderful review nonetheless sweetheart <3

  5. Aw, no. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one, Zoe! Especially since you were looking forward to it so much. I hate it when that happens. It feels worse than if it was a random book you decided to read and it let you down.

    I have seen this book floating around but I never added it to the TBR. Like you, I don’t like reading about cruel characters (morally grey is different, I think) so I’m not sure I will end up picking this one up. I’m glad you were able to find some positives, though!

    Lovely review <3

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