Review of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

Review of You’ll Miss Me When I’m GoneTitle: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Pub. Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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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 Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon

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 on January 2, 2018, with a second book, Our Year of Maybe, 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.


review of You’ll miss me when i’m gone


  • Immediately engaging, like stayed up all night to finish it and did not see shit coming!
  • Loved both sisters for different reasons. They’re a study in contrast, but it’s not gimmicky. It didn’t feel forced or contrived at all.
  • Impressed with how the age-gap romance was handled. I haven’t see such a realistic and nuanced portrayal before.
  • There are some brutal, hear wrenching, and awkward moments that made me want to look away and will haunt me.
  • Love the sex positivity and talk of girls masturbating.
  • The ending is AMAZING. Feels like how it was always supposed to be, I just hadn’t realized it yet.


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