Book Review: Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven


Title: Take me with you when you go

By: David Levithan and Jennifer Niven

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 336

Release Date: August 31st, 2021

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads:

Subject: You. Missing.

Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it. Ezra never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and their neglectful mother - how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea?

Bea Ahern already knew she needed to get as far away from home as possible. But a message in her inbox changes everything, and she finds herself alone in a new city - without Ez, without a real plan - chasing someone who might not even want to be found.

As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea confronts secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other. 


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I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. The concept of reading a story only told through emails back and forth between the main characters seems daunting at best, but I've always loved both the authors and with the intriguing description, I couldn't pass it up. 

Ezra and his sister Bea have had a rough life. Their dad left them at a very young age, and their mother is not really a mother. Its not until Bea takes her life into her own hands by running away do the tides turn, tossing everyone's life off the edge.

The way this book unfolds is wonderful, but sad at the same time. You find out pretty early on how hard things are for Ezra and Bea, but it becomes more and more heartbreaking as the book goes on. The story takes many twists and turns, all unfolding in emails, but easy to follow.

In the end, I felt somewhat like everyone got what they needed, or what was coming to them, although it could have been even better, but this is life. Still a very satisfying story.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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