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review 2018-03-05 20:28
Goodbye, Vitamin
Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong

This is a SVR 2018 book. A copy was available on Overdrive, and I needed a desk book. 

 

I kept getting pulled out of the story at the beginning because I kept having to Google things. Can people who are allergic to NSAIDs take aspirin? What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein? 

 

But once I settled into the story, the book read very quickly. It might have read a little too quickly? At the end I didn't feel like a year had passed. The book also ended quite abruptly. I would have liked a little more resolution. 

 

ETA: There were times where I was reading, and it was like seeing my family on the page. That doesn't happen too often, and I like when it does.

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review 2017-10-15 00:00
Goodbye, Vitamin
Goodbye, Vitamin - Rachel Khong Goodbye, Vitamin - Rachel Khong Δομημένο σε ημερολογιακές καταγραφές, με απλό κι επικοινωνιακό ύφος, με συναισθηματική, αν μη τι άλλο, πρόζα, αποτυπώνει τις αλλαγές στη δυναμική μιας οικογένειας, και δη στη σχέση μεταξύ πατέρα και κόρης, όταν στην εξίσωση ορμά ο παράγοντας Αλτσχάιμερ.
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review 2017-09-11 12:35
Goodbye, Vitamin
Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong
This novel was not what I expected. I was expecting a light read but this novel lead me down some roads I wasn’t expecting. The novel centers around Ruth who has returned home and then decides to stay just one year to help take care of her father. She stresses many times in the novel, the length of her stay, her reasons seem to vary. Her father is a college professor who started to experience memory loss and Alzheimer’s lies in his future. Her mother gave up cooking as she believed the metal from the pots were causing her husband’s illness and now she is on a vitamin and shake kick. Her father lost his job because of his illness and this affects him greatly. During the day while her mother works, Ruth cares for her father who locks himself away in his office. His students and his teaching assistant come up with a plan to help the professor, inventing a college course, that is not on the curriculum, that he will teach. This class must be kept confidential as the college is unaware of this development. I really enjoyed these sections of the novel: his lectures, his attitude, the commitment of his students and aide and the fun and unique venues the class was held in. It warmed my heart that they cared so much about him.
 
Ruth discovers some truths about her parents while she is living with them, truths that open her eyes to the adults who are her parents. These were great reflections as Ruth unravels them. Her father begins sharing a journal with her, a journal he made while she was growing up. I liked the way these entries were shared and the effect that they had on Ruth. The more Ruth is at home, the more she begins to reflect on her own life and its direction. Perhaps this visit helped Ruth more than it helped her father.  I'm on the fence between a 3 and 4 star read. 

 

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review 2017-07-14 17:30
Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong

An entertaining, poignant, funny debut told from the perspective of Ruth whose father is suffering from Alzheimer's. Ruth's mother has all but given up as she just can't take it anymore and her brother is still away for college, absolutely no help. So, Ruth, who is suffering from an emotional break up with her fiance, is asked to leave San Francisco and come to LA to attend to her father.

The things that Ruth comes up with to help her father are sometimes just laugh out loud hilarious. She is constantly reading about things that cause and can help her father's symptoms. Jellyfish everything for one day was just a little gross, however. Ha!! She even goes so far as to set up "fake" classes to help her father think that he is still teaching at the University!

An enjoyable read from a debut author, Rachel Khong.

Thanks to Henry Holt & Co. and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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