Book Princess Reviews is being taken over by another creative lady today (hope you all enjoyed Sha’s debut yesterday – make sure to check it out here in case you missed it!!), and I can’t wait to share with you Rachel’s guest post on the blog today. Her book sounds so intriguing, and I’m so much more intrigued after checking out this fantastic playlist.
About the Book
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Rachel’s Guest Post
Since music plays such a big part of Adina’s life since she is a viola prodigy, do you have some songs that you would have playing in the background of your book and why?
Thank you for having me! I’m happy to share a few songs I listened to on repeat while writing YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE, along with an explanation of how they capture an emotion I hope comes through in the pages.
I love Nirvana, but I love Hole too, which is somewhat of a controversial opinion in Seattle. Regardless, this song has always broken my heart. I feel it describes one of my protagonists, Adina, so well: she’s someone who’s confident in her body and know she’s beautiful, but she starts to question whether that’s all she has to offer someone. The line “someday, you will ache like I ache” cuts to my core.
This is another song I’ve loved for a long time. It describes so effortlessly the feeling of loving someone you know you shouldn’t — maybe it’s the wrong time or they’re no good for you or you’re not fully yourself when you’re with them. This could describe Adina as well, who pursues a relationship with her music teacher, but it could also describe Tovah, the more logical, scientific-minded twin, who for a while stops herself from going after what she wants because of the nightmare her family is living.
This is a gorgeous song I discovered on a Pandora station while I was revising YMMWIG, and I immediately looked up the lyrics because it evoked such a quiet, nostalgic mood. To me this song is about the twins’ mother, who loses more of herself to Huntington’s every day. The lines “I will be with you even then/Even when I cannot see your face anymore” are staggering when you think about a mother losing the ability to remember her daughters.
This song feels so Seattle to me (must be the rain!) and evokes a sense of loneliness both my protagonists feel before realizing they need each other more than they ever knew.
About the Author
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 in spring 2018, with a second book, A Year of Bad Ideas, 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.
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