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Crazy To Leave You

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“A heartfelt, delicious story.” —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

From the author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects comes a witty, bighearted novel about the happy accidents that lead to love and second chances.

Forty-one years old, the last of her friends to marry, and down to a size 12, Lauren Leo is in her gown and about to tie the knot. There’s just one thing missing: the groom. With one blindsiding text, Lauren is unceremoniously dumped at the altar.

In the aftermath, her mother is an endless well of unsolicited advice (Stay on your diet and freeze your eggs). Her sisters only add to the Great Humiliation: one is planted on Lauren’s couch while the other is too perfect.

Picking her heart up off the floor, Lauren turns to her work in advertising as she gathers courage to move on and plan her next step. She should know by now that nothing in life goes according to plan. What lies ahead is the road to self-acceptance and at long last feeling worthy. With a new way to measure love and success, Lauren chucks her scale—and finds a second chance in the most unexpected place.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Reading a book by Marilyn Simon Rothstein is like sitting at the fun table at a wedding, listening to all an insider's funny stories about the blessed event's guests, and those she unsparingly tells on herself. Marilyn Simon Rothstein makes me laugh - and reminds me that even in a comic novel, the emotional dynamics in a nosy, tight-knit Jewish family with three competitive daughters can be as twisted as they are laughable. In Rothstein's third hilarious novel, we follow the victim of a brutal hit-and-runaway groom, a bride with a ticking biological clock and a brilliant Manhattan advertising career. Despite her bona fides, this abandoned singleton has no way to spin the mortifying situation she finds herself in - dumped at the altar by a weakling who announces his plan by texting her sister. Will she ever love again? Will she ever stop eating to fill the hole he left? You'll find out, and if you're like me, you'll be waiting for this author's next book." - Thelma Adams

"Marilyn Simon Rothstein's heartwarming new page-turner, Crazy to Leave You, has all the feels. Enter Lauren Leo - a brilliant advertising exec on top of her professional game who can't get a break in her personal life. Over forty and jilted at the altar, Lauren berates herself and allows the critical, fat-shaming voice of her mother to echo relentlessly inside her head. Lauren's journey is to stop weighing everything against a vicious scale, and instead to finally embrace who she is by learning that self-love and acceptance are truly the gifts that keep on giving. Rothstein's genius lies in her keen observations, richly developed characters, razor-sharp ability to expose family dysfunction at its rotten core - and most of all, her unparalleled laugh-out-loud humor through love, loss, hope, and healing." - Lisa Barr

"Marilyn Simon Rothstein does it again with another star, hilarious heart-warmer about a girl who is driven from her current location of heartbreak to her final destination of love and sanity. You'd be crazy not to love Crazy to Leave You." - Jennifer Belle

"With her trademark wit and wisdom, Marilyn Simon Rothstein brings us her most delightful and disarming heroine yet in Lauren Leo, a jilted fortysomething bride who finds her superpower. Fun, funny, and smart, Crazy to Leave You will keep you turning the pages and aching to offer your own shoulder to cry on as Lauren turns her tale of woe into a tower of strength. If you haven't yet experienced the sheer joy of a Marilyn Simon Rothstein novel, this is a perfect place to start." - Jamie Brenner

"Heartfelt, captivating, and beautifully written. This is one of those rare books that leaves you feeling as if you've spent the day with a best friend. Rothstein is a master at creating flawed characters that make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with them." - Bette Lee Crosby

"Poignant and funny, Crazy To Leave You is chock full of Rothstein's signature fast-paced, smart dialogue and brimming with wit. A heartfelt, delicious story." - Fiona Davis

"Crazy to Leave You is the funniest book I've read in practically forever. Lauren Leo, who's been jilted at the altar at forty-one, is sarcastic, lovable, brave, and drop-dead hilarious - in other words, perfect. As she makes her way through the humiliation of her postwedding world, not only does she have to deal with some pretty rough dieting decisions, but she's also got some needy sisters, a judgmental mom, a crazy work life, and waaay too many wedding presents. Plus, there's the really big question on everyone's mind: Is anybody ever going to love her again? Trust me: this book will have you snort-laughing from page one. Do not be drinking hot liquids while you read." - Maddie Dawson

"If you don't laugh out loud while reading a book by Marilyn Simon Rothstein, you're dead inside. Filled with everything I love in a story: a well-meaning, insanity-inducing family, gut-busting laughs, and a heroine who feels like a friend. Crazy to Leave You will be an instant classic." - Kristan Higgins

"On the surface, Crazy to Leave You is a funny, lighthearted story. But underlying Rothstein's signature humor and wry, engaging voice is the shattering dilemma of every woman who has ever believed that she is not enough - not thin enough, not successful enough, not loved enough. Lauren's journey to loving herself is one to which we can all relate. I think every book club is going to want this one!" - Kerry Anne King

"I've been eagerly awaiting Marilyn Simon Rothstein's next novel, and Crazy to Leave You exceeded my expectations. From some of the funniest one-liners I've read in years to a cast of all-too-relatable characters, this witty, heartfelt story of one woman's attempt to live on her own terms after her fiance leaves her lifted my spirits and reminded me of what a gift it is to have choices - even the kind that take some warming up to. This is exactly the book we all need right now." - Camille Pagán

"Marilyn Simon Rothstein returns with her inimitable blend of heartache, romance, and hilarity. Crazy to Leave You is five stars all the way." - Patricia Sands

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