Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

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.


So I really enjoyed it!

Goodbye, Vitamin is written as diary entries so we’re drawn in straight away into the year Ruth spends looking after her father. I loved the way she told the story about her ex and breakup and she comes to terms with it. Loved the diary entries that really felt like a snapshot of life – which is mundane! The random entries about the small things in life that make you laugh: “What do I do all day? I don’t even know?” Most people will identify with the lost hours to the food network and discovery channel!

I liked the idea of the parent keeping memories for the child which Ruth’s father gets out every now and then. And how the roles switch with Ruth keeping memories for her father. It was interesting despite her father’s shortfalls and actions towards her mother to see how strong their family bonds are. And how they were repaired when broken.

Goodbye, Vitamin is a nice quick easy read that’s a little deep but excellent. A really heartwarming novel about Alzheimers, memory, and forgiveness. Despite the heavy subject Rachel Khong looks at the cute things in your day-to-day life – the novel is filled with whimsical observations oddball facts.

I’ll definitely be checking out her next novel. If you like this try The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn.

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