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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055277667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776677
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,632 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Original and wonderful" Sun "With a host of loveable characters, fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy the turbulent but ultimately uplifting story" Big Issue "I was hooked... there are some laugh-out-loud antics... an excellent read" New Books

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the best-selling and award-winning author of 20 published and forthcoming books, including the acclaimed WHEN YOU WERE OLER, DON'T LET ME GO, SECOND HAND HEART, WHEN I FOUND YOU. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER'S PURPLE HEART are now available. Forthcoming frontlist titles are WALK ME HOME and WHERE WE BELONG. Her bestselling novel PAY IT FORWARD inspired the movie of the same name. The Richard and Judy Book Club, the UK's equivalent of the Oprah book club, launched LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE and subsequent novels onto the bestseller list in the UK. Learn much more about the author, maybe even more than you wanted to know, at catherineryanhyde.com.

More About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 25 published and forthcoming books, including WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, SECOND HAND HEART, DON'T LET ME GO, and WHEN YOU WERE OLDER. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER'S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction. She has two new novels forthcoming from Amazon Publishing in 2014, TAKE ME WITH YOU in July and THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS in December.

An avid hiker, traveler, and amateur photographer, she has just released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, currently available for Kindle.

She is co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her best-known novel, PAY IT FORWARD, was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA's Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

For more information, please visit the author at catherineryanhyde.com

Customer Reviews

I just had to keep reading and found it hard to put the book down.
Martha lAWSON
This book is a story full of lessons that touch our human lives everyday....emotions around sadness, loneliness, grief, joy, love and so many more!
Eileen
The story was a very well written one, I fell in love with the main character Grace.
jolly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

182 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Cathe Fein Olson VINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
10-year-old Grace needs help. Her mother is hooked on drugs and Grace has no one to turn to. She is dangerously close to being put into "the system." Her neighbors, spurred by Rayleen--a product of "the system" herself, band together to take care of Grace and concoct a plan to get Grace's mother back to being a mother.

I just loved this heartwarming story . . . it was funny, sad, and just plain great to read. It reminds me of Hyde's book, Love in the Present Tense, because of the unforgettable characters. I'll be thinking about Grace and Billy Shine for a long while.
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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Vincent Zinke on June 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The skill CRH uses with words just gets more and more stunning. The tender compassion she shows for all her characters, even the not so likable ones, shines through every chapter. I have to admit I put off finishing this one because it made me feel so much. But all good stories do this, and like the rest, it leaves me with hope, not false hope, but hope. How can a young girl be so wise, and how can flawed people be redeemed, this book seems to ask, and the answers draw me into their lives. I love how a little girl's needs and strengths unite a group of "outsiders" into a strong, supportive, however uncommon family. I wish more families were like this.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By GenaKimball on June 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Having personally experienced both agoraphobia and addiction,this book is very touching.
A small child,age nine, transforms the lives of the misfits who come to care for her.
She cares for them,accepts them and nourishes them as only a child could do.
Don't miss this wonderfully written,heartwarming book.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Initially, I struggled to really get a feel for Don't Let Me Go. However, after 10 or so pages, once I'd bedded myself in, I got lost in the book. It's the kind of novel that makes you think. It's the kind of novel that makes you happy. I know that probably sounds strange - after all, Grace is living with a drug-addicted mother so her life is hardly a bed of roses, and then there's Billy Shine who's never left his apartment for over 12 years. But the spirit of the novel and the way it's written is just amazing. I felt as if I was a part of the block of apartments where Grace lived, where Billy lived, where Rayleen, Felipe and Mrs Hinman lived.

The community spirit and the way in which Grace changes her neighbours lives made me smile. Grace is the most boisterous and fun-loving 10-year-old you'll ever fictionally meet. Despite the fact her life isn't perfect, she makes the best of it. She's clever, she's brave and she's infectious. The way she inveigles herself into the lives of her neighbours, mostly Billy, but also Rayleen Felipe and Mrs Hinman is something to behold. It goes to show that four total strangers can band together to try and help a kid not end up another statistic in the system. Because there are genuinely people like that in the world and it's spirit like that that makes you believe there is good in a world that's continually filled with bad. Grace really made the book. She just bowls everyone else away and she's like the Tasmanian Devil the way she asserts herself and knows exactly what she has to do to get her mum clean.

The characters in Don't Let Me Go are amazing. I adored Grace. Seriously. Man, I want a kid like that. To make the best of a bad situation, to ask Billy to teach her to dance, to ask Felipe to teach her Spanish.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on September 22, 2012
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I -obviously - have conflicting thoughts regarding this book. The beginning is intriguing. An agoraphobic man (Billy) is questioning the presence of his neighbor's daughter (Grace) who is occupying the front stoop.

Billy has extreme anxieties, and any change in his daily routine terrifies him. The problem with Grace is that her junkie mom is high again and because of the crime ridden neighborhood, she is not allowed to walk to school by herself. As her mom continues to use, Grace sits on the stairs hoping someone will notice - and help.

The neighbors do notice Grace and start asking questions. But they aren't in agreement about a solution. Some want to contact the proper authorities, while others are terrified that if Grace enters the system it can and will most likely ruin her life. So they finally agree to get her to school and baby-sit her in shifts until her mom sobers up. Billy agrees to help and thus begins a fragile friendship (and healing) of two lost souls.

I loved Billy's story. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The struggle came with Grace. I just didn't find her actions and thoughts believable. Most children of addicts are adept at self-care, keeping secrets, and covering for their parent(s). Grace, on the other hand, sought attention and help in a distinctly public manner. The other problem was Grace's intellect. How she spoke and what she understood didn't make sense. While I don't have an example from the book handy, it went something like this: she wouldn't understand a word's meaning like "variety" but would understand a harder word's meaning like "plethora." It was jarring and kept pulling me out of the story.

Overall, I so enjoyed Billy's life and character that I was able to overlook the glaring flaws in Grace's behavior. This book is a mixed bag, but I am definitely interested in more work by this author.
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