52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 12

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong // Sad, fun and funny

Sometimes you find a book that smashes your dealbreakers. As a general rule, I just don’t like to read novels that are written in a journal format. I don’t like memoirs, and if an author turns her fiction into a fake memoir (which is basically what a journal is, right?), well, I’m not here for it. Dealbreaker. Goodbye, Vitamin? Journal format. But by the end of the book, what was a dealbreaker became a feature, because Khong did such a great job with the format.

Goodbye, Vitamin’s journal is that of Ruth, a recently single 30-year old woman, who returns to her family’s home when her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth is at such a turning-point in her life that going home makes sense; at least she can be helpful at home. Weird things start happening to Ruth right away (pants in trees??). But when things go from weird to weirder, well, that's when the book becomes fun. You wouldn’t think a novel that deals so concertedly with Alzheimer’s could be fun, but there you have it: this book is fun and funny. Don’t get me wrong; there are hard things, sad things that happen to the characters in this novel. But it’s not all sad and bad, and that’s a surprising delight.

Don’t take my word for it—pick up Goodbye, Vitamin soon, and decide if the journal format works for you. And if Khong does as good a job as I think she does making Alzheimer’s not just sad, but also fun and funny. Click here to place on hold.

--Ang

Created by Ang Romano on Aug 17th, 2017 @ 2:24 PM.
Updated on Aug 17th, 2017 @ 2:28 PM.