You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

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 degen...

Details You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

TitleYou'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

  • Elyse
    “Tomorrow , when we turn eighteen, Adi and I will take a genetic test that will tell us whether we’ve inheritedour mother’s Huntington’s disease, the asteroid that knocked our family out of orbit four years ago. The black hole swallowing her up". Tova and Adina ( Adi), are Fraternal twins. Adi doesn’t feel ready to take the test. She doesn’t want to know. Tova does want to know. Because of a past incident a couple years ago between th...
  • Navessa
    “Sonatas and concertos tell stories. They make you feel every possible emotion, sometimes all within a single piece…they are joy and tragedy and fear and hate and love. They are everything I never say out loud.” There are a lot of truly lovely and meaningful quotes I could have used from this book to start my review of it, but the above best sums up this reading experience. Adina and Tovah’s story is full of joy and tragedy and fear and h...
  • Jasmine
    ***Actual rating: 5/5 Tov Stars*** The thin ivory candles in the middle of the table are a third their original height. Jews are not to extinguish them; we are supposed to let them burn on their own instead. That’s what I have been taught.Tonight I lean over and blow them out. It’s official! You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone just drew my reading year of 2017 to a close perfectly. Wow, I don’t even know where to begin with this splendid pi...
  • Karlita
    Adina and Tovah Seigel may be twins but they were entirely different in every sense possible. The only thing that they have in common was the hate and jealousy they felt for each other.Adina is a viola prodigy who devoted her whole life in it. She took her music very seriously and was not afraid to take the risk, being comfortable with her own skin or bringing herself with confidence and pride. She also had private lessons with her Indian music t...
  • Andrea
    This was such a haunting read.I can’t give this anything less than 5 stars because I devoured it. I read it in one day, and by the end of it I was emotionally drained. This story broke my heart over and over again. I had to take little breaks between chapters to just catch up on my thoughts. This follows two estranged sisters, who are complete opposites. One artistic and outgoing, and the other academic and an introvert. After their 18th birthd...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Gah, where do I even start, friends? So a lot of you know that I have been slumping, hard. For like, many months. And no book was able to really and truly "wow" me. Well, that is until I read You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone. Yep, Rachel Lynn Solomon, with her debut, no less, managed to break a slump that lasted the better part of a year....
  • Karen McManus
    A complex, nuanced book with a sibling story at its heart that's unlike anything I've read before. Rachel Solomon knocks it out of the park with this debut.
  • nick
    Wow! Just wow! Can I leave my review at that? Because honestly, I don’t feel like any review I write for You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is going to do the book any justice. It’s such a breath-taking story, and it’s one that made me feel all the emotions. This might only be Rachel Lynn Solomon’s debut, but judging from this piece of work, she’s here to slay.This was such an emotional story, and not one that was easy to get through. I k...
  • Jennifer Hawkins
    I read an early draft of this beautiful, haunting book as a sensitivity reader. As the member of a family battered by Huntington's Disease, I believe with all my heart that this is an important book that everyone should read. It's conversely beautiful and tragic, and not in the ways you might think. The author paints the nuances of this disease with a deft and empathetic hand. Devastating realities are balanced by the complicated (but redeeming) ...
  • Ava
    I'm speechless. Preorder this beautiful, haunting book, please.
  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    Before I start reviewing this book, I want to tell you that You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon is probably my favourite book of the year. It's one of the most powerful reads of mine, it was raw, it made me feel things. It was absolutely perfect and when it comes out in January, please make sure you read it because you have no idea what you're losing on. "I thought I could force him to love me. Relationships are not about control,...
  • Rachel
    Edit: Dec 2 2016: This book just keeps getting better. OMG
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    This is the first book that I've read that had a heavy focus on the Jewish faith, practices, traditions, and language and it was wonderful! It was diverse not just in religious and cultural ways but also in the racial differences of love interests and physical illness rep (Huntington) as well. I was impressed by how well all the different topics merged into a well-told, cohesive, and touching story. Tovah and Adina were complex and complete chara...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Fraternal twins await test results to see if either has inherited Huntington Disease from their mother, who is slowly losing her battle with the illness. Tovah plans for medical school while Adina, a viola prodigy, wants to study music. When one tests positive and the other negative, the rift between the sisters becomes a chasm.I’ve known a few people with Huntington Disease which, in my opinion, is second to ALS in diseases I most fear. 100% o...
  • Sierra
    Content warnings: suicidal ideation, self-harm, chronic illnessI barely have words for how much I adore YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE, but, I shall try my best.I didn't hate Adina. She might frustrate and infuriate me, embarrass and humiliate me, but I didn't hate her. I never could.But tonight I came close.EXAMINING SISTER RELATIONSHIPSThe relationship between reserved, grunge and biology-obsessed Tovah and headstrong viola prodigy Adina is unlik...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    This was fantastic. At first glance, Adina and Tovah are what critics of YA would call 'unlikeable protagonists.' But for me, that's code for 'well-developed and nuanced characters who are written unapologetically, with consideration for the full spectrum of emotions.' I loved the information about Judaism and their passions for viola and science.
  • Rachel Strolle
    20 million stars/5
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “You can spend lifetimes searching tragedies for reasons why.”This was such a great human story. Everything felt so real and earnest. We follow estranged twin sisters, Adina and Tovah, as their lives are changed after one of them tests positive for Huntington's Disease - the same disease that has caused their mom so much pain. Now each girl must reconcile their futures, their faith, and their relationships in the face of this new information....
  • Rachel Reeves
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a wonderful dual POV narrative with twin protagonists (as a mother of twins, I am always drawn to book with twins in them). Each girl has such a distinctive voice, and there is so much to love about each of them. Even when they were frustrating, they were complex and interesting, so I loved reading their story. I also loved how so much o...
  • Kael
    Physical TBR Series - Book 6For more info on my Physical TBR Series click here.To vote on which book you think I should read next click here.This story revolves around a set of estranged Jewish fraternal twins, Tovah and Adina. After their 18th birthday, they undergo a test that will tell them whether or not they will inherit their mothers Huntington’s Disease. While one of the twins tests negative, the other tests positive. Obviously, this dri...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsOooooh this is a really good debut, you guys. I love all the themes about family, sisterhood, friendship, love as well as the darker things that are happening (TW) like depression and life-decisions.Rachel Lynn Solomon's debut, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, is a heart-wrenching novel about sisterhood, love, and loss.Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah are vastly different, the rift between them widening with each passing year.Adina is ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Oh you guys, this book. This book could have been a horrible Lifetime movie of an experience and instead it's this amazing, wonderful thing. It's smart and sad and completely unexpected.I feel like we have a very specific narrative with illness. People suffer bravely and gain these profound insights, right? But when one of the sisters learns that she has the gene for Huntington's, there are no insights. There is rage and pettiness and a little bi...
  • Shealea
    You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is a heartbreaking, poignantly written tale that touches familial relationships, Jewish culture and religious practices, and the exhilarating thrill of first loves, while simultaneously addressing physical illnesses and mental health. It should be noted, however, that the novel also contains heavy content such as self-harm and suicidal ideation. A trigger warning has been provided by the author herself.I picked up...
  • Anna Priemaza
    I read this book slowly, on purpose, because every chapter was a piece of rich, dark chocolate that you let melt into the crevices of your tongue. Almost every page boasted a line that made me stop and say, “Wow,” and read the line again and again before finally moving on.Adina and Tovah are twin sisters whose lives are filled with so much heaviness: a mother who's slipping further and further into a world of shaking hands and hallucinations ...
  • Helene
    Growing up, I was hungry for Jewish books that weren’t (1) about the Holocaust (2) written 100 years before I was born. I’d read everything in my synagogue’s library (Chaim Potok anyone), and reread the One of a Kind Family series WELL after I was too old for it; looking back, they were the only female POV Jewish books about kids that I could find.Rachel Solomon’s YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE is book that teen Helene NEEDED but couldn...
  • K.A.
    I fell in love with this book from the first words. The author's voice was spellbindingly beautiful, soft, delicate but strong. I felt every emotion deeply while reading. I loved Adina's passion for music, Tovah's love for science, and both of their very real, very honest flaws. This lyrical story is filled with the real-life traumas and chaos of a family tearing apart at the seams. Of twins ripped apart by disease. It has a slow, soft quality th...