Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong

Hello, again! I’ve been rapid fire finishing books in the past few weeks so I have yet another review for you! I actually have two but let’s take this one at a time, shall we? 

To be honest, I picked up Goodbye, Vitamin for the cover. I adore lemons. They make everything taste better and they are such a lovely color! The book synopsis also seemed intriguing so it went right in to my July box from Book of the Month Club! 

“Me saying, ‘How farsighted are you?’ pulling him really, really, really close, so close that you could string a tightrope tautly from his pupils to my pupils and an insect could tiptoe across it.”

As the above quote (my favorite lines in the book!) implies along with the cover art this is a quirky book. But don’t let it fool you, the subject matter is anything but light. 

After an unexpected end to her engagement, Ruth moves back to an L.A. suburb to keep an eye on her father who is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s and her mother who is a little less the mom she used to be and a little more manic. Her brother is estranged from their father due to an illicit relationship he carried on with a physicist (who is not their mother) a while back. While home Ruth meets a group of her fathers graduate students who help her organize a class for him to teach even though he was recently let go for his mental lapses. The story is a quick one, taking place over the course of a year and told in journal entries. It’s one of those novels that lacks solid plot direction but is wonderful in its meandering. 
I enjoyed the book. Khong’s honest, and at times very dry, look at what’s left to us after a love is lost was in turn funny, sobering, sad and uplifting. In trying to get ahead of her fathers present and future decline Ruth learns how to come to terms with the past. And the time she spends with her family is entertaining as well as telling of the reasons why we leave home and the things that pull us back. 

Stay tuned for a review of Final Girls by Riley Sager! 


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