Being that I started this book around Thanksgiving, it was perfectly synced with the timeline of this book. Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman is the story of Adam, who is a recovering alcoholic, who is headed home for Thanksgiving, the home he hasn’t been to in years. Then there is Marissa, who is having marriage issues, the two meet and become bonded over their broken families and the holidays.
First of all, I love how much Adam is vulnerable in this novel, the fact that he goes back home after his family has seen him in his worst ways, and wants to show how he is doing better, but isn’t sure that he can live up to his families expectations is all of us, I’m pretty sure. The feelings of never being good enough hit me in my core, because that’s how it feels at my families holiday parties, when Adam opens up to Marissa, you can see how much he really cares about the people he has in his life.
Marissa, who has her own troubles, doesn’t allow those troubles to break her, the way she talks to Adam shows how strong she is, and how we all need to be a little bit more like her.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was great that I got to read this while simultaneously getting ready for my families Thanksgiving holiday, which wasn’t as bad as Adam’s may have been, the characters in this book are rich with life, and the dialogue will make you think, which is always a good thing. I have never read this author before, but this book really makes me want to see what else he has out there. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Perfect for the holiday season, pick it up!