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Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father s career she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits in the absence of a cure of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father s career she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits in the absence of a cure of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 208 pages Published July 11th 2017 by Scribner More Details ISBN 1250109167 ISBN13 9781471159480 Edition Language English Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Goodbye, Vitamin, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book okay for a twelve year old I mean, does it have any bad swearing, cussing or mature stuff like 3 months ago See all 4 answers Rachel Khong There s a curse word on the very first page the S word that means feces and there are references to alcoholism and sex Nothing explicit, but please There s a curse word on the very first page the S word that means feces and there are references to alcoholism and sex Nothing explicit, but please be aware less flag Would this be a good book for a book club group to read 1 likelike 3 months ago See all 3 answers Leslie Lindsay There s a lot to discuss aging declining parents, the sandwich generation though the adult children in this story don t have their own children , There s a lot to discuss aging declining parents, the sandwich generation though the adult children in this story don t have their own children , Dementia Alzheimer s disease, Going home, holidays and expectations, childhood memories.Relationships and Break ups Doing our best even when it s hard and you don t feel at your best, plus there are a lot of little factoids interspersed throughout the narrative that I found intriguing and new at least to me Also, the book is relatively short and lends well to someone who might be short on time for reading on a deadline www.leslielindsay.com less flag See all 4 questions about Goodbye, Vitamin Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great Second Half 2017 Book Preview 76 books 78 voters 2017 Librarian Recommended Books 96 books 52 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jul 17, 2017 Larry H rated it really liked it I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she c I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she comes home to visit her parents for the holidays She has avoided her family for a while after hearing stories of her father s drinking and his infidelities, so she is unprepared to find her father, a former college professor, in the throes of dementia, while her mother is trying to care for her father, but in an oddly detached way Ruth agrees to quit her job and move home for a year to help out, although she probably is in equal need of help, albeit a different kind What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person What follows are reflections on a difficult year for her family and herself, told as diary entries of a sort She reconnects with old friends, gets involved in a scheme to try and help her father s self worth, tries to understand why her relationship ended and wonders if she really cares , and attempts to figure out her parents relationship with each other At the same time she takes tentative steps toward her own future.There are moments of humor, poignancy, frustration, and beautiful emotion in this book At the same time, Ruth is one of those characters you wish would say the things she really wants to say, but she s so used to taking such a passive role in her own life She left college weeks before graduating because her then boyfriend wanted to move away I really enjoyed this book, and despite the fact that the story is told in small snippets of events from each day, I didn t get the feeling I was missing anything from the story It did feel a little disjointed at times although there was an over arching narrative, the story jumped quickly from day to day, so it didn t flow quite as neatly as it could have.Khong s storytelling, however, is utterly exquisite While her style is rather spare, much like Weike Wang in Chemistry see my review , she can wring humor and emotion from the simplest sentences I can t wait to see what she writes next, because her talent really is dazzling.For those who have dealt with a loved one or friend suffering from dementia, this may be a difficult read But Khong took what could have been a maudlin subject and added other dimensions, so it s the story of a family s journey through difficult and good times, instead of simply the story of a man growing increasingly ill That s the mark of true talent.See all of my reviews at flag 134 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Apr 14, 2017 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, netgalley, alzheimers dementia, 2017 4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age togethe 4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age together, our parents and ourselves the process is so gradual that we rarely think about this We realize, of course, that we are growing older, we may marry, or have children to remind us how quickly the days pass, but we don t see our parents the same way We look at old pictures of them and may vaguely recall that they used to look that way, but we don t really see that We see them as we ve always seen them Our caretakers The people who raised us, and when the tables are turned, it s a hard thing to recognize in someone you ve known your whole life That Christmas, her father had given her a small, worn, red notebook, a notebook he s kept notes in since she was very young He showed me a page from this notebook Today you asked me where metal comes from You asked me what flavor are germs You were distressed because your pair of gloves had gone missing When I asked you for a description, you said they are sort of shaped like my hands These moments, these excerpts from this notebook are scattered throughout Goodbye, Vitamin but there is much that sweetens the bitter truth of her father being robbed of his memories at the same time as she realizes how closely their memories are intertwined She reads everything she can on Alzheimer s, what foods to eat and not to eat, what testing is being done on the subject, and in doing so she learns that scientists are now embedding false memories in mice Why don t they figure out how to keep mice from forgetting things We don t need memories It s hard enough trying to get a handle on the ones we ve got The notes her father wrote are ones that will pull at your heartstrings, remind you, perhaps of your parents, or how you view the little things your own children say and do, or did, or maybe memories of stories you heard your parents tell you about yourself lovely memories, cherished ones This is a deliciously sweet story, with hints of sadness within, but it is never overwhelming, a reflection on love conquering even those moments of sadness and reminding us of how sweet memories can be Recommended.Pub Date 11 Jul 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Henry Holt Co flag 113 likesLike see review View all 41 comments Jul 09, 2017 Carol rated it liked it Shelves fiction, health, debut, kindle, published 2017, netgalley, read 2017, 200 3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnect

3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnection with an old girlfriend.

You ll also find here quite a few healthy eating tips and fun bits of trivia, BUThonestly, what I wanted and expected was time with dad in the storyline.like the memories with mom.like the childhood conversations with Ruth from the little red notebook.they were wonderful, but ended all too soon.

Very decent fictional debut but for me the story lost focus with too much time spent away from dad Perhaps that was the point.to show that caregivers have lives too.I m not sure.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt Company for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

flag 87 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jan 29, 2017 Debbie rated it it was ok Shelves head disorders, debuts, disappointments, netgalley, loathed Goodbye, Vitamin Goodbye I yell louder and wave frantically, in case it isn t clear Goodbye No, I won t see you later Go find another reader, one who will appreciate you Yep, I had to head to the shed and drag out the old Complaint Board It s been collecting cobwebs, which is a good thing because it means that recently I ve been reading a lot of books I love I m in the minority here Most people liked this book about a daughter, Ruth, returning home to care for her demented dad It Goodbye, Vitamin Goodbye I yell louder and wave frantically, in case it isn t clear Goodbye No, I won t see you later Go find another reader, one who will appreciate you Yep, I had to head to the shed and drag out the old Complaint Board It s been collecting cobwebs, which is a good thing because it means that recently I ve been reading a lot of books I love I m in the minority here Most people liked this book about a daughter, Ruth, returning home to care for her demented dad It is well written and pretty innocuous The book just didn t work for me Both the voice and the content bugged me no, bugged is too mild a word The book grated on my nerves When that happens, there is little hope of a love affair If you loved the book, skip this review because it will probably annoy you Complaint BoardI say toe may doe, you say toe maud o When you come right down to it, it s mostly a matter of style Some people tuned right in to this book They liked the writing style, which I found self conscious and too precious I just didn t like the way the story was told.Nope, we would never be friends I felt zero connection with the narrator I mean zilch I think it s because she didn t talk about her feelings much, if at all Nor was there any introspection Kids say the damnedest things But so Yes, I m being anti Hallmarky here Throughout the book, there are journal entries from Ruth s dad, documenting all the adorable things Ruth said as a kid Ah, yes, isn t that clever and cute But it adds nothing to the story Okay, so I remember writing down all the cute things my kids said, and it s a kick to reread them However, I will not just stick them randomly into a novel I don t want to hear weird, random facts in the middle of a story It s like the author went to a book called Weird, Random Facts, grabbed a bunch, and plopped them into the story here and there What If the author had thrown the facts into a non fiction essay, that would have been fine, but I didn t appreciate them here They seemed unrelated and out of place, and they detracted from the story Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, perhaps she wanted to juxtapose some facts against the sad reality like maybe it was a way that Ruth coped with the sadness of her dad s condition but I just wasn t feeling it Nope, don t want to hear descriptions of dreams, either It doesn t happen often, but it still annoyed me.And nope, I also don t want to hear interesting but unrelated observations on life I know I m being picky, and those who love this book no doubt appreciated these life observations, but I couldn t get over thinking that they sounded like little thoughts the writer had written down throughout her life, a normal and noble activity that writers indulge in Again, I thought the author plopped them, like the kid cutenesses and the random facts, into this story randomly This is just what I thought I can t help that I thought this so trolls, please don t attack me Hold your horses While I take a car ride in my pajamas Okay, these two things horsebacking riding, and later, a car ride in PJs are not related in any way but both really drove me nuts Super super minor, and neither activity hardly took up any space but they go on my Complaint Board anyway.Okay, horses first Ruth and her buds arranged for her dad to teach a fake college course, because he no longer was allowed to teach a real class This was very sweet Seriously, I did think it was sweet Someone got the bright idea to hold one of the classes on horseback because the subject of that particular class was the Pony Express In the very next paragraph, there goes dad and the crew riding horses Wait a minute Come on, how many people do you know who have instant access to a bunch of horses And if they did have access, there should have been at least one or two transitional paragraphs to get them to the horses if they happen to live anywhere near a horseback riding facility in the first place I don t know about you, but there s not one in my burb that I know of And I don t know one adult who isn t totally into horses who ever just goes horseback riding, all la dee da Here s how it goes But wouldn t it be educational to have class on horseback we suggest to Dad He agrees happily Very next sentence On horseback, Dad attempts to shout educational details about the Pony Express And as an aside, because I just can t resist complaining about the whole horse scene, here is part of the next paragraph Some shit falls out of its butt and we avoid it Relevance Was this really an image we needed And surely this added nothing to the story we don t need to know about a horse pooping, sorry I m assuming the writer is trying to be funny I just wasn t laughing Bathroom jokes aren t my favorite thing anyway.To make matters even unbelievable, they happen to run into the unsympathetic department chairman, who also happens to be horseback riding at the very same place on the very same day at the very same time Ludicrous ludicrous ludicrous I know I have to stop talking about horses, especially since the big beasts only took up a couple of pages And how can I be critical of the writer adding random facts when I digress and can t shut up Okay, onto the pajamas, which are a pretty anti climactic follow up to the horse manure I don t have a lot to say about the pajamas, just that there was a logistical problem Ruth s friend Bonnie was in her pajamas The next paragraph starts with She got in the car and I drove They travel all over the place Maybe it s common for people to go on trips in their pajamas So yes, I could be getting a little too nit picky here It just seemed like she should have had Bonnie go in and change into clothes first the editor in me would have been a lot happier In a book I loved, The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, there was a guy who ran around town in PJs That scene made my Complaint Board, too So see, I m not just picking on this book Or maybe I just have a problem with people running around outside in their pajamas Very possible As I said, this book seemed to resonate with most people And I will say that I was totally seduced by the first sentence Tonight a man found Dad s pants in a tree that was lit with still hanging Christmas lights Unfortunately, the seduction ended there For me this book was a hard vitamin to swallow.Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy flag 74 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Aug 17, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon fo Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon found myself wrapped up in Ruth s year long journey Ruth s mother invited her to move back home after her father begins exhibiting signs of dementia Having just broken up with her fianc , feeling at loose ends, Ruth accepts the invitation and moves back home for a year Ruth s narration is often flighty, meandering, disjointed, and disorganized, as she works through her personal heartbreak, her mother s disappointments, and of course her father s battle to keep his mind sharp and stay active as long as possible While Ruth is really hurting, she is also determined, treading into uncharted territory, discovering her parents weren t perfect, but learning to see them in a new, mature light, as she must now be the adult in the home She reconnects with old friends, her brother, Linus, and comes to realize despite his foibles, she is the light of her father s life, the apple of his eye Sharing things is how things get started, and not sharing things is how they end The discovery of her father s diary which detailed conversations he had with Ruth when she was a child, was charming, often hilarious and sweet, but also a little sad These entries were my favorite part this book and I loved the way Ruth borrowed from this idea, which showed how life really does seem to come full circle I like also that having a terrible day pretty much guarantees that the next day will be much, much better Life and family are messy, but through all the turmoil, mistakes, and heartbreak, I think Ruth discovered a way to give back to her father some of what he gave to her, and in the process, managed to find the beginnings of her own inner peace Ultimately, despite the quirky writing style, or maybe because of it, I ended up enjoying this book far than I would have thought.While this may have been a short, quick read, it was a touching story, overall, and I m glad I decided to give it a chance 4 stars flag 72 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Jun 24, 2017 Jill Croce McGill rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, fiction Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her father s insistence that he is absolutely fine As her father s memory deteriorates Ruth and her mother search for added health benefits jellyfish recipes and supplements, vitamins, and cruciferous vegetables, all of which her father dislikes Ruth is determined to read everything she can on Alzheimer s, including all the testing that is being done by scientists to this day Goodbye, Vitamin is told in a compelling diary form that chronicles the course of a year Ruth s story is raw, intimate, funny, and tells a story about love, patience, and forgiveness It s hard to believe that this is Rachel Khong s debut fictional novel She hit it out of the park with her brilliant storytelling in this heartfelt and entertaining novel I want to thank NetGalley and Henry Holt Company for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. flag 66 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Jul 28, 2017 Vanessa rated it liked it Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a who Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a whole There were some small snippets here and there that I felt were brilliant little life observations and some fun fact trivia that s thrown in that added to the fun, but most of the situations didn t feel overly believable so my connection to the characters especially the father who I should have felt emotion towards were left wanting, the story was over before I could fully commit to it flag 53 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jul 08, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgall After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read the ARC flag 63 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Apr 13, 2017 Marchpane rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast, This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast, This is errands Today you were so readily impressed by me.There are many of these throughout the book, which are later mirrored by the adult daughter s similar observations about her elderly father.Entirely real and relatable, my only criticism is that the latter part of the book felt too rushed I can see the stylistic choice behind it the pace picks up as dad s mental state deteriorates but it felt a little underdeveloped as a result That s a minor quibble though, as this really was a charming read flag 41 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2017 Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves i own it, botm, 2017 This is a sweet story that reminded me of the film Other People It somehow straddles being light and quick with such a heavy subject matter Alzheimer s Hard to call it a summer poolside read because it is a bit sad, but I can imagine taking this one on a vacation if you re in the mood for something to get lost in or dip in and out of, but still finish in a timely manner flag 37 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 22, 2017 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, book of the month 4.5 starsWhat a sweet, sad, yet funny book Told in journal entry format, the novel follows one year in the life of Ruth, who, reeling from a break up, goes home to help her mother take care of her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s She has avoided her family for years, as her father was a drinker and cheated on her mom Throughout the novel are snippets of journal entries of her father s from when Ruth was a child The wonder of the world through a child s eyes is seen, as many of the en 4.5 starsWhat a sweet, sad, yet funny book Told in journal entry format, the novel follows one year in the life of Ruth, who, reeling from a break up, goes home to help her mother take care of her father who is suffering from Alzheimer s She has avoided her family for years, as her father was a drinker and cheated on her mom Throughout the novel are snippets of journal entries of her father s from when Ruth was a child The wonder of the world through a child s eyes is seen, as many of the entries are the cute, funny, and endearing things children say The love her father has for her shines through It helps Ruth, and the reader, see her dad with new eyes The themes of family, love, forgiveness, friendship, and of course, memory, are explored.Most of Ruth s journal entries are small snippets of her day, in conversational narrative A fun aspect of the novel is how Ruth researches AD and attempts to slow down the progression of her father s Alzheimer s through vitamins, oddball recipes jellyfish , and superfoods Food plays an important role in the novel.The comic relief is what keeps this novel from being maudlin Ruth s wry observations and her imperfect family can be quite funny The truths the book contains are never heavy handed or manipulative I love it when an author trusts the reader to get it A couple of favorite quotes what imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers all of a sudden it didn t matter what you remembered or didn t, and the remembering it occurred to me was irrelevant All that mattered was that the day was nice was what it was I really liked Ruth s voice and when I turned the last page, I wasn t ready to say good bye A fantastic debut thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt Company for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review flag 35 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Aug 09, 2017 Eve rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, read 2017 What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person Although this be a slim little book, it is chock full of feeling Familial love Romantic love Selfish love Imperfect love This book chronicles a year in Ruth s life when she abandons her independent life away from home, to help her mother car What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person Although this be a slim little book, it is chock full of feeling Familial love Romantic love Selfish love Imperfect love This book chronicles a year in Ruth s life when she abandons her independent life away from home, to help her mother care for her father, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease Ruth gradually finds herself taking her father s place as cataloguer of precious family memories Full of so much wit and dark humor, it s hard not to love the Youngs, imperfections and all flag 33 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 10, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, diverse I loved this book I want to curl up with Rachel Khong s writing and take a nap with it It s so lovely and thoughtful and comforting flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 20, 2017 Barry Pierce rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 21st century, read in 2017 I picked up Goodbye, Vitamin because I had read a review which called it a comic novel about Alzheimer s I am very much of the belief that anything can be made funny, even Alzheimer s, so this novel sounded right up my alley I quickly discovered however that this isn t a comic novel about Alzheimer s, it s a comic novel featuring Alzheimer s But this didn t put me off, Rachel Khong s hilarious worldview kept me going throughout this short novel.The plot revolves around Ruth, a woman who h I picked up Goodbye, Vitamin because I had read a review which called it a comic novel about Alzheimer s I am very much of the belief that anything can be made funny, even Alzheimer s, so this novel sounded right up my alley I quickly discovered however that this isn t a comic novel about Alzheimer s, it s a comic novel featuring Alzheimer s But this didn t put me off, Rachel Khong s hilarious worldview kept me going throughout this short novel.The plot revolves around Ruth, a woman who has reached her mid life crisis at age thirty, who decides to pause her life for one year to act as carer for her father who has Alzeimher s The novel takes the form of her day by day diary The weakest aspect of this novel is by far the plot The novel trundles along with a story that is somewhat unbelievable and, whilst the character list is relatively economic, there are no standout stars of this novel However, what I do applaud this novel for is its random observations Sometimes Khong will just stop the whole plot to talk about the most incidental of facts or she will point something out about a character and nearly every time this happens you can be guaranteed to chuckle or at least think huh that was actually a really clever joke Khong s comedy is the saving grace of this novel, it would be a total disaster without it I really genuinely enjoyed how she sees things and how subtle she makes her jokes, there is no fanfare or warning, she would just drop a hilarious aside into the middle of a paragraph about the horrors of late stage Alzheimer s She is a master of comic relief And the novel is the better for it flag 31 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2017 Melissa Crytzer Fry rated it really liked it Shelves first reads 3.5, rounded up Thank you to Goodreads First Reads program for this book, which I won as a giveaway and might not have read otherwise and thanks, Cheri, for the recommendation of this book that hits shelves on July 11.I will be honest I don t know how to feel about this novel Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished reading a heavily literary, epic novel that was almost 600 pages, and perhaps the contrast felt a bit like culture shock This book is only 194 pages and I think yo 3.5, rounded up Thank you to Goodreads First Reads program for this book, which I won as a giveaway and might not have read otherwise and thanks, Cheri, for the recommendation of this book that hits shelves on July 11.I will be honest I don t know how to feel about this novel Prior to picking up this book, I had just finished reading a heavily literary, epic novel that was almost 600 pages, and perhaps the contrast felt a bit like culture shock This book is only 194 pages and I think you could shave off another 50 due to the journal entry formatting and short, short paragraphs And while this novel, about a young woman s return home to spend time with her father who has Alzheimer s, is physically small and quite sparse on words, it does pack an emotional punch It does so, however, amid a great deal of humor Hence my own confused state of mind Alzheimer s Sad. Hilarious, seemingly unrelated observation Funny Repeat.I have to think that the author, Rachel Khong, possesses this dry sense of humor, as well and, as a result, I think it would be a blast to hang out with her I truly did laugh aloud too many times to count often worried I d wake my sleeping husband So there is a bit of magic in this author s ability to tell a deeply affecting story with interspersed humor And perhaps that IS the point that to deal with painful situations, humans do what they can to cope often resorting to humor to make sense of the senseless Ruth has her own life issues to deal with, and to cope, her outlook on the world is infused with bits of humor.But then This book also is painfully close to home My father was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia, and I am planning a trip home to be with him not altogether different than Ruth s trek home as the mental decline is happening rapidly to be honest, he s been fighting this for than a decade I naturally feel dread and overwhelming sadness, coupled with the sense of this trip having some kind of finality to it So it is no surprise that one night, after reading VITAMIN at bedtime, I awoke in the middle of the night feeling sheer panic, the reality setting in that Ruth s life and her experiences are soon to be mine The inevitability of the situation really sunk in.But let me emphasize that the writing is not sensational and overly dramatic It is sparse and doesn t dwell And it provides a certain amount of levity with abundant humorous events My reaction is simply to my situation And, in the end, I m glad to have read this book You can easily read it in a single sitting possibly even in a few hours It is engaging, with its easy to read, stream of consciousness observations, and the beauty, again, is in the author s ability to get the reader to feel, using so few words It s unlike anything I ve read before I do recommend it flag 28 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Mar 08, 2017 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing via my blog imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers When Ruth comes home to help care for her father, afflicted with Alzheimer s a beautiful family story unfolds By no means are they are perfect family, but my heart capsized when reading the notes her father wrote about her questioning mind when she was a child You scraped seeds off of bagels and planted them in the flower bed out front I didn t have the heart to tell you that via my blog imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers When Ruth comes home to help care for her father, afflicted with Alzheimer s a beautiful family story unfolds By no means are they are perfect family, but my heart capsized when reading the notes her father wrote about her questioning mind when she was a child You scraped seeds off of bagels and planted them in the flower bed out front I didn t have the heart to tell you that there s no such thing as a bagel tree Today I thought I m nuts I m just nuts about you I was nuts about her, such a curious, spirited little girl All children should know such love and attention Ruth has always adored her father, but she has been blind to his failings in ways her brother and mother haven t For them, the later years weren t full of a happy husband and father Maybe her memories are distorted by her enduring adoration of her dad There has been drinking and cruelties she escaped, and in coming home, with her father s memories slipping, in his confused state she realizes he wasn t the most loyal husband nor sober father.College students rally together to make sure he is able to feel important again, teaching is vital to his happiness and this is one of the sweetest fictions an author has conjured The novel manages to expose the rawness of family love It s a slow understanding that is revealed about Ruth s mother and father s complicated marriage as she spends time with him and his slipping memories Who is the young woman that seems intimate than she should when in his presence Why is her mother so angry and yet, she cares for him so tenderly that she expels anything that risks his health Not that her father much appreciates his wife s nurturing She wants to understand why her brother Theo is so mad at their father, but maybe she needs to face her own shame in not coming home sooner.It s a hard novel to review for me because it s not a flashy story Nothing big happens but it is something enormous isn t it The betrayal of one s own mind slowly leaving you, what is horrible Unlike many fictional stories, with this one there are ups and downs It s a decline but a slow one, and often that is how illness has it s grasp on a family particularly with Alzheimer s disease Memories can be mean and bite, but they can be beautiful and moving There is not one perfect character, but that s what makes it honest Something about this family tugged at my heart, and I fell for them I was fattened up by a father s love for his little girl, and the bittersweet pain of seeing your parents as human beings rather than gods Lovely Add this title to your summer list.Publication Date July 11, 2017Henry Holt Company flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 10, 2017 Mandy rated it really liked it review of another edition Witty, comical, downright hilarious at times once I started this I was so afraid that reading about Alzheimer s would trigger sad memories from when my grandma had it but this story was funny Ruth goes to live with her parents after a breakup from her fianc just when her dad is at the beginning stages of memory loss Through most of the story it s her dad giving her snippets of memories he had of her as a girl and at the same time Ruth is making her own memories with her dad before the dise Witty, comical, downright hilarious at times once I started this I was so afraid that reading about Alzheimer s would trigger sad memories from when my grandma had it but this story was funny Ruth goes to live with her parents after a breakup from her fianc just when her dad is at the beginning stages of memory loss Through most of the story it s her dad giving her snippets of memories he had of her as a girl and at the same time Ruth is making her own memories with her dad before the disease consumes him Fast read and enjoyable Would recommend flag 25 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2017 Book of the Month added it You Are What You EatBy Judge Isaac FitzgeraldI ve always been a fan of a certain kind of summer read the book you take to the beach, expecting only fun and laughter, when it blindsides you with emotion and devastating insights until you re both laughing and crying, tears and sand on your cheeks combining into an abrasive paste that would feel painful if you weren t completely immersed in an incredible book Just me The kind of book that matches lightness with a certain level of darkness, feel You Are What You EatBy Judge Isaac FitzgeraldI ve always been a fan of a certain kind of summer read the book you take to the beach, expecting only fun and laughter, when it blindsides you with emotion and devastating insights until you re both laughing and crying, tears and sand on your cheeks combining into an abrasive paste that would feel painful if you weren t completely immersed in an incredible book Just me The kind of book that matches lightness with a certain level of darkness, feeling all the true and alive because it contains everything alongside everything else, the way our lives do.This summer, that book is Goodbye, Vitamin, the debut novel from former Lucky Peach editor Rachel Khong Told in diary format, the novel follows a young woman named Ruth, whose life is in somewhat of a shambles after a broken engagement She moves back home to help her mother care for her father, a history professor who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer s.Heavy stuff and Goodbye, Vitamin never shies away from it But I also want to talk about how this book is a pure and utter delight to read Ruth is a narrator you d follow anywhere, her perspective hilarious, playful, and keenly observant Though she s often perplexed and unsure of what to do, she s also always trying to make the best of things One of the ways in which she tries to help is through food, as she cooks for her tired family and continually tries to entice her father to eat As to be expected from Khong, her writing about food is always fascinating, startling, and delectable, and is one of the many great joys of Goodbye, Vitamin Along with Ruth, every one of the characters feels alive Her mother, her father, her brother, her friends, her father s former grad students they are wonderful, strange, and infuriating sometimes all at once in the way of people you love or could love And that s how Goodbye, Vitamin gets you As it dazzles and delights, as it compels you to fall in love with the people within its pages, it too shows you what is impossibly hard about love, about life The book explores questions like What do we owe each other How do we forgive people when they change, especially when we haven t fully forgiven them for who they were before How are we supposed to let go at the same time we re desperately trying to hold on to what we can Full of food, family, friendship, and love, Goodbye, Vitamin contains everything a reader might need to make them happy, while also showing how these things can be taken away, whether by accident or time It is heartbreaking It is a joy Which means, of course, Goodbye, Vitamin is a perfect summer book.Read at flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 27, 2017 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read via netgalley, awesome title, reviewed for blog Reeling from a broken engagement, Ruth Young returns to her childhood home in California for a year to help look after her father, who has Alzheimer s She tries feeding Howard every half cracked dementia health cure cruciferous vegetables are a biggie and, with his teaching assistant, Theo, maintains the illusion that her father is still fit to teach by gathering graduate students for a non credit History of California class that meets in empty classrooms and occasionally off campus whereve Reeling from a broken engagement, Ruth Young returns to her childhood home in California for a year to help look after her father, who has Alzheimer s She tries feeding Howard every half cracked dementia health cure cruciferous vegetables are a biggie and, with his teaching assistant, Theo, maintains the illusion that her father is still fit to teach by gathering graduate students for a non credit History of California class that meets in empty classrooms and occasionally off campus wherever they can be away from the watchful eye of Dean Levin As these strategies fail and Howard s behavior becomes ever erratic, Ruth realizes the best thing she can do is be a recorder of daily memories, just as Howard was for her when she was a little girl Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the moments Today you This is a delightfully quirky little book, in the same vein as Lisa Owens Not Working and Elizabeth McKenzie s The Portable Veblen I marked a bunch of funny metaphors This morning s hangover is a rodent pesky but manageable.It was grotesque, the way I kept trying to save that relationship Like trying to tuck an elephant into pants.The moon, tonight, looks like a cut zucchini coin.But you may well read this with a lump in your throat, too From one Christmas to the next, we see how much changes for this one family it s a reminder that even though the good times are still worth celebrating, they re gone before you know it flag 29 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 03, 2017 Mercedes rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars flag 22 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2017 David Yoon rated it really liked it 30 year old Ruth finds herself sitting alone in her new apartment She was supposed to be sharing the place with her fiance Joel who, on the day of the move, announced he wouldn t be joining her and instead would be staying at their old place with his new girlfriend Soon after she is home for the holidays where she learns that her father has been having lapses He s in the early stages of Alzheimer s and has already lost his position at the college teaching history Ruth is asked to stay for 30 year old Ruth finds herself sitting alone in her new apartment She was supposed to be sharing the place with her fiance Joel who, on the day of the move, announced he wouldn t be joining her and instead would be staying at their old place with his new girlfriend Soon after she is home for the holidays where she learns that her father has been having lapses He s in the early stages of Alzheimer s and has already lost his position at the college teaching history Ruth is asked to stay for a year to help out Her younger brother has decided to stay away, having still not forgiven their father for his infidelity and alcoholism when he was younger Sounds like a ton of fun But Rachel Khong works with a light touch.Ruth records her year at home in diary format Her accounts are bookended with the notes her own father left for her in an old notebook She reads about her youthful queries about where metal comes from and what flavor are germs It s a year in the life There s no real beginning or end, no tidy resolution It barely hints at the inevitable struggle that will grow in the following years and already has the gauzy feel of nostalgia It s a book about memory and the things we hold on to I suspect it would be frustrating for a reader hoping for a closer look at Alzheimers, a climactic confrontation of past betrayals, a sobbing acceptance of a love lost A swelling of the orchestra and an emotional close up None of that is here Ruth instead records the quirky everyday things that often stick out Her father holding his regime of vitamins in one hand, shaking them like dice I like that Wry and melancholic but still as familiar as your mom s cooking and just as beautifully done flag 22 likesLike see review May 28, 2017 Cindy Burnett rated it liked it Shelves librarything Goodbye, Vitamin tells a heartbreaking story of the impact of Alzheimer s on both the individual afflicted and those who love that individual Khong accurately depicts the effects of Alzheimer s on the brain and how scary those effects are to everyone involved She also includes some interesting information on how the disease was named which I enjoyed learning.I think my anticipation of how good this book would be may have ended up coloring how I felt about it in the end From the first time I r Goodbye, Vitamin tells a heartbreaking story of the impact of Alzheimer s on both the individual afflicted and those who love that individual Khong accurately depicts the effects of Alzheimer s on the brain and how scary those effects are to everyone involved She also includes some interesting information on how the disease was named which I enjoyed learning.I think my anticipation of how good this book would be may have ended up coloring how I felt about it in the end From the first time I read about Goodbye, Vitamin I was dying to read it When I finally got a copy and sat down to read it, I think the book could not meet my high expectations, and several of my recent reads made Goodbye, Vitamin not quite as appealing as it might have been otherwise I am only including these thoughts because I might have liked the book better in other circumstances.A recent trend in literature seems to be a scattered, random method of telling a story Goodbye, Vitamin is written this way as well as Chemistry by Weike Wang I felt Wang managed this method better, and as a result, I enjoyed that story a bit better I found Goodbye, Vitamin to be a bit hard to follow and was not always sure what point she was trying to make, but overall I was glad that I read it.Thanks to LibraryThing and Henry Holt and Company for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 19 likesLike see review May 08, 2017 Kathleen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves free, arc, fiction, read ebook, 2017 book challenge completed, netgalley 2017, read in 2017 I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review The honest truth is, I was not ready to read this I was drawn to the story of a woman whose father is in early stages of Alzheimer s due to a similar personal situation I read this less than three weeks after losing my father to a neurological condition that made him unable to speak and eventually progressed into dementia I mention this because I expect that there s a link between my r I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review The honest truth is, I was not ready to read this I was drawn to the story of a woman whose father is in early stages of Alzheimer s due to a similar personal situation I read this less than three weeks after losing my father to a neurological condition that made him unable to speak and eventually progressed into dementia I mention this because I expect that there s a link between my recent experience raw emotion, and my somewhat negative reaction toward the novel I considered not writing a review at all, but decided it may be helpful to someone There may be others in a situation similar to mine, so instead will just say, please take this review for what it s worth I m sure many people are drawn to books about parents with Alzheimer s and dementia because we hope to draw something out of it to help us understand our own struggle watching our loved ones slowly slip away For me, this was somewhat difficult to get through Ruth, the main character, agrees to quit her job and move in with her parents so that she can be her father s catetaker while her mother is working It s written in an epistolary style, like journal entries, as we understand what is happening in her life over the course of a year I think the coldness of that style made it hard for me to get into I was also distracted by the practical improbability of how this 30 year old woman was able to drop everything and become a full time caregiver for her father I will forever wish I could have done that for my father but where does the money come from In reality, this is a very emotionally and financially draining disease and dramatically, the story works well, but practically it was hard to put myself in this character s place, after the path I have already walked flag 17 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 12, 2017 britt_brooke rated it really liked it Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the moments The quirky one offs really hooked me and sent me praising Khong s odd sense of humor and attention to bizarre details Even though this was largely written on the surface, it still struck a chord This family could be any of us idiosyncrasies, imperfections, and all My only complaint is that it was too short It was just a snippet of the story and I wanted another 100 pages flag 16 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2017 Brenda Ayala rated it it was ok Shelves shelf awareness I think I read this wrong.I get what the author was doing, but it didn t hold the same significance for me It s implied that our narrator is writing a journal, but since it is so all over the place and unorganized I couldn t help but think that it seemed like a cop out for the author to have no plot while writing.Plus I liked Ruth way as a child than as an adult I didn t find her or her family funny and the delivery left a lot to be desired Since everyone else is giving this like 4.5 s I think I read this wrong.I get what the author was doing, but it didn t hold the same significance for me It s implied that our narrator is writing a journal, but since it is so all over the place and unorganized I couldn t help but think that it seemed like a cop out for the author to have no plot while writing.Plus I liked Ruth way as a child than as an adult I didn t find her or her family funny and the delivery left a lot to be desired Since everyone else is giving this like 4.5 stars then I will just say that I probably read it wrong and nobody should listen to me flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 19, 2017 Tania rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorite books, fiction, audio, 2017 I went into this audio book without really knowing what to expect it has as many 2 star reviews as 4 and 5 star reviews in my GR group of friends I loved the raw honest feel of the writing nothing pretentious, nothing hidden I think one of the reasons that some readers did not enjoy it, is that it s written almost as a stream of consciousness, with extreme random thoughts at time I enjoyed this, as I enjoy getting a look into someone s mind and recognizing that we are all human with weird I went into this audio book without really knowing what to expect it has as many 2 star reviews as 4 and 5 star reviews in my GR group of friends I loved the raw honest feel of the writing nothing pretentious, nothing hidden I think one of the reasons that some readers did not enjoy it, is that it s written almost as a stream of consciousness, with extreme random thoughts at time I enjoyed this, as I enjoy getting a look into someone s mind and recognizing that we are all human with weird and wonderful thought processes Goodbye, Vitamin is about memory the making, sharing and losing thereof, it is also about loss and acceptance I especially loved how she shows that in the beginning of our lives our parents records our memories for us, and then at the end of their lives we return the favor The narrator was excellent If you enjoy stories that focuses on our internal experience of situations, then this is for you flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 14, 2017 Rachel Le n rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017, read in 2017 4.5 stars, rounded up This debut novel is short, but wonderful Ruth, a young woman returns home to help care for her Alzheimer s ridden father after she and her fianc separate Khong is a fantastic writer and her prose reminded me a bit of Margaret Atwood s early work It s sparse and compelling, but also to steal from Miranda July s blurb sneaks up on you And the ending is absolutely beautiful flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 03, 2017 Jaclyn Crupi rated it it was amazing This was lovely A diarised account of a year spent caring for ageing parents A year spent with Alzheimer s A sad story told with such happiness Khong draws beautiful parallels between parents raising children and children caring for parents Subtle and gentle and lovely flag 14 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2017 Sophie rated it liked it , , , , , , , flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2017 Stephanie Anze rated it liked it Shelves fiction Ruth returns to her childhood home after being away for a long period of time Her mother calls on her to please come and help take care of her father, whose symptoms of Alzheimers are worsening Almost thirty and recently separated, Ruth quits her job and moves back home for a year As she navigates the day to day with her dad, she discovers the fragile yet strong bonds that keep her family together.Dealing with Alzeimers disease, this novel makes light of the situation without being disrespect Ruth returns to her childhood home after being away for a long period of time Her mother calls on her to please come and help take care of her father, whose symptoms of Alzheimer s are worsening Almost thirty and recently separated, Ruth quits her job and moves back home for a year As she navigates the day to day with her dad, she discovers the fragile yet strong bonds that keep her family together.Dealing with Alzeimer s disease, this novel makes light of the situation without being disrespectful Funny and humorous in spots, this brief book was also quite profound Ruth s father used to be a history professor at college As his symptoms worsened, he was dismissed from his post Yet, he still has so much to say His family struggles to keep a stable envinronment, not just for his sake but theirs as well This unfortunate ordeal forces the family to re examine their past and the state of their current relationships to each other Its a painful and complicated situation but one that is necessary in other for them to help him This contemporary work will make you think differently about family, about the bonds that bring them together but also challenge what we believe A good book all around flag 13 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong 6 22 Aug 05, 2017 10 36PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Fiction 230 users Contemporary 50 users See top shelves Books by Rachel Khong More Trivia About Goodbye, 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Quotes from Goodbye, Vitamin What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for That it has only to do with who we were around that person what we felt about that person 4 likes It was grotesque, the way I kept trying to save that relationship Like trying to tuck an elephant into pants 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 1054, 2053, 1461, 344, 93 if rating_details rating_details.insert top rating_graph 2017 Goodreads Inc about us advertise author program jobs api our blog authors advertisers blog terms privacy help switch to mobile version

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Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Larry H

I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I ll round up It s ironic how a book told so simply could pack so much beauty and emotion into its words, but Rachel Khong s Goodbye, Vitamin did just that This is a somewhat quirky, slightly odd book that I found quite moving in fact, I had to do the no, I m not crying, I m just rubbing my eyes thing than a few times on my plane ride this morning.Ruth is 30 years old Her engagement has ended and she feels untethered to the life she has known, so she c

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Cheri

4.5 Stars rounded upThere are moments of beauty, moments of laughter, many moments of sadness faced with the knowledge of what is to come, and recognition of what is now the past When Ruth comes home to help take care of her father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer s, it is partly an escape from the mess her own life has become, and a return to the comfort of home A bittersweet return to her childhood home What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers We age togethe

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Carol

3.5 Stars. Just the year is all it will be

GOODBYE, VITAMIN is a light read about a heavy subject matterAlzheimer s.

It is about a husband father with declining lapses in memory.a forgotten betrayal.a special love for daughter Ruth.and the various ways family members keep him eating, involved, happy and active.some are so very touching.

It is about.and a bit heavy on daughter Ruth s personal life, her past and most recent relationshipthe breakup and her reconnect


Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Debbie

Goodbye, Vitamin Goodbye I yell louder and wave frantically, in case it isn t clear Goodbye No, I won t see you later Go find another reader, one who will appreciate you Yep, I had to head to the shed and drag out the old Complaint Board It s been collecting cobwebs, which is a good thing because it means that recently I ve been reading a lot of books I love I m in the minority here Most people liked this book about a daughter, Ruth, returning home to care for her demented dad It

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Julie

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a 2017 Henry Holt publication Poignant and bittersweetI wasn t sure if I had the emotional wherewithal right now to read a novel that most assuredly would lean toward the depressing side But, on occasion, I simply can t resist a publishing push and with less than two hundred pages I figured I could handle whatever emotional punches were thrown my way Once I started reading the book, however, I found the tone to be lighter than I had anticipated, and soon fo

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Jill Croce-McGill

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is a touching gem of a novel about family, friendship, and Alzheimer s disease with an added touch of laughter, sadness, and love Ruth Young s life is falling apart, her fianc just left her for another woman, and her career is going absolutely nowhere Heartbroken and lost in life, Ruth decides to return home and spend Christmas with her parents Once home, Ruth s mother begs her to stay for one year to help out with her father who has Alzheimer s, despite her

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Vanessa

Ruth returns home after being absent for some time to help deal with her father s declining health due to having Alzheimer s I enjoyed how this book was told in a fresh humorous way, she gently touches on the everyday sad reality of losing someone you love to this cruel illness and steered away from what could have been a sad, depressing story, the only criticism is that the book lacked a little focus, it felt somewhat disjointed and random it didn t flow for me enough to feel coherent as a who

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Karen

After a breakup with her fianc , whom she quit college, to follow him to California, Ruth returns to her hometown to help her mom care for her dad who has Alzheimer s This is an introspective time for her, and also a humorous yet heartbreaking time as she cares for him and deals with her own issues I really liked the journal entries that her father kept about her through her growing up years which he shares with her throughout the book.Thank you to Henry Holt and Company Publishing and Netgall

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Marchpane

This book struck all the right notes for me sweet without being saccharine, funny but not trying too hard, characters that are charmingly offbeat without being capital Q Quirky There s a sort of wispy melancholy that never becomes too maudlin Particularly lovely are the little observances that the dad makes about his little girl in his journal Today, when I told you to behave, you roared angrily I M BEING HAVE.Today I had to stop by the post office, and you looked around and said, aghast,

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Maxwell

This is a sweet story that reminded me of the film Other People It somehow straddles being light and quick with such a heavy subject matter Alzheimer s Hard to call it a summer poolside read because it is a bit sad, but I can imagine taking this one on a vacation if you re in the mood for something to get lost in or dip in and out of, but still finish in a timely manner.

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