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Run away with Gayle Forman
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New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Gayle Forman's brand new novel, Leave Me, is winning raves and fans. This is the book you have to read because all your friends will want to talk about it with you. Gayle dives into the reality of modern lifecareer, marriage, children, family, friendshipand the joys and burdens of it all. And she does so with the wit and humor and heart that have won her millions of loyal readers.

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A Letter from Gayle Forman

Dear Readers,

I describe my new novel, Leave Me, as my first one about adults. I know many adults—like me, like maybe some of you—read YA, just as many teens read adult.
 
For this book, I wanted to explore marriage and motherhood, and that led me to Maribeth Klein, a working mother so overextended she doesn’t realize she’s having a heart attack. During her recovery, she’s dismayed to learn she cannot lean on others for help because they’re all still leaning on her. So she packs a bag and leaves home. Only then does she begin to understand what she’s truly running from.

No matter what your age, I hope you will enjoy Leave Me.

Sincerely,

Gayle


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Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Leave Me and to read more about how Gayle came to write this novel, which is both personal and universal:

"Novels are like arguments. You think they’re about one thing—you’re certain they’re about one thing—but then time passes, perspective shifts, and you realize you’ve actually been writing (or fighting) about something else all along."


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Meet Maribeth Klein

Maribeth Klein is your typical overworked, overextended default parent. She’s so busy that she doesn’t realize she’s having a heart attack, and so depended upon by her family that after heart surgery, she cannot recuperate. So she does the unthinkable: packs a bag and leaves. Only then does she begin to understand what she is really running from.

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Start Reading Leave Me Now

It had been surprisingly easy.

Maribeth had walked downstairs and hailed a cab, carrying only a hastily packed duffel bag with a few changes of clothing and her medications. She’d left her cell phone, her computer—pretty much everything else—at home. None of that felt necessary anymore. She had e-mailed Jason. An apology? An explanation? She wasn’t sure. By the time she was in the cab, the details of her note had already begun to fade.



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Have You Ever Wanted to Run Away from Home?

Did you answer yes?

If you're a mother, you have a lot of company. "Every single mom I spoke to about my book shared this fantasy with me," Gayle writes in her essay on Time.com.

"Is it any wonder that in a 2011 Forbes study 92% of working mothers said they feel 'overwhelmed' with home and workplace duties? In that context maybe what’s surprising isn’t that so many mothers fantasize about running away. Maybe what’s surprising is that they don’t actually do it."

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Have You Ever Broken Up with Your Best Friend?

Why is it so tough when a friendship ends? Or even just if it changes. Maribeth Klein learns this in Leave Me. Best friends aren't always for forever.

"In fact, in my life, it’s rarely been the busted up romances that have sandpapered my heart; it’s always the friendship breakups that leave me devastated," Gayle writes in a widely read essay for Bustle.

"My story is not unique. Most women have a friendship breakup in the vault—the one that got away, the one that broke her heart, the one whose heart she broke."


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