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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758269277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758269270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Trumble's debut is a deeply moving and in-depth look at the perils and anxieties of being gay in high school . . . Layered with the gritty everyday details of teen existence . . . ." -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"This high-school-set story richly and smartly captures the thrilling highs and the devastating lows of a first love between two young men who deal with far more than the typical dramas in an average teenager's life." -Instinct Magazine

"It has been quite some time since gay literature has seen the likes of a character as genuine as Nate Schaper, the irritatingly lovable narrator of J.H. Trumble's highly engaging debut novel, Don't Let Me Go." -Christopher Verleger, contributor, Edge on the Net.

"This is a great addition to GLBTQ collections, and a good read for those teens looking for a gay love story that explores a relationship in the same way that straight love stories do." -School Library Journal

"Trumble excels at putting the reader inside the mind of a gay young man living in a largely unaccepting community. The emotion brought to this work is its strength. . . . A discussion guide follows the story, providing insightful questions that could lead to very deep class discussion." -VOYA 

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A Lambda Literary Awards finalist.
ALA Rainbow List (2013)

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Customer Reviews

Can't wait to read the other books by J.H. Trumble.
The story develops amazingly and I felt in love not only with main characters, but with side characters as well.
I just want to preface this review by saying: Go and Read This Book.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kyoske on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
J.H. Trumble's debut novel is an excellent read. The pacing was sublime, and I found it impossible to put it down. I literally read it within 24 hours of purchasing it.

In LGBT fiction, especially YA LGBT fiction, I appreciate any story that seeks to go beyond the incredibly difficult task of coming out or surviving a hate crime. Both of these issues are present in Trumble's novel, but they are not the sole focus of the work. Trumble's use of her main character's past, to explain their present behavior, is a breathe of fresh air. The book is not about accepting/admitting being gay, but rather, what happens after that. What is it like for a teenager who has come out to express his love, but must survive the halls alone, while his love is across the country pursuing his dreams. For anyone who has ever had a long-distance romance, especially if you were young, the trials and tribulations that Nate and Adam go through will be easy to relate to. Trumble's ability to demonstrate that even with cellphones, texting, and skype, long-distance is still difficult is truly masterful.

But the real treasure of this novel, is that is features realistic relationships. Seeing parents who are forced to rethink what behavior/level of privacy is allowed under their roof when their child comes out, is something important, yet rarely seen. Seeing teenagers confused by love, because it is actually just confusing at that age, without all the hang-ups on gender/sex, is also a treat. From girl's trying to forget/deal/process that the object of their affection is gay, to straight people fighting for what is right, even if people might question their sexuality, "Don't Let Me Go" demonstrates that there is so much more to the queer world than sexual orientation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ulysses Dietz on April 4, 2012
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This is a remarkable addition to the YA/LGBT all the other positive reviews - I can't really add to then except to reiterate that it's not just the difficult subjects, the complicated relationships, and the beautifully woven narrative - it's the characters. These people come to life - in all their power, stupidity, willful blindness, and, ultimately, human realism. And not just the main characters - Adam and Nate, who I'll love for the rest of my life. All of the secondary characters and even the tertiary characters are vivid, well drawn, and add to the impact of this book. It was a pleasure to read. An amazing first novel.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blaltimore Phil on April 7, 2013
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I did not see a mature love in these pages. Nate came across as immature, irrational, limited self control and demanding attention. Adam is too good to be true. Granted both young men are still developing their brains into adulthood but it's a bit over the top for me. Ok, it's a first love type of thing in highschool. I understand the notion but to make it like a Romeo/Juliet script does a disservice to creating a solid, loving foundation.There's this concept of the "perfect mate" that's carried to extreme.Frankly, it's an attempt to compensate for the absence of self appreciation.Hey, the motto is self love first than love for the other.

I just did not feel enough depth for the characters. The flashbacks did not work for me in this book. Situations that presented themselves were questionable characterizations. Let me give a few examples. Luke is beaten bloody by his father with welts on his back. When he runs to Nate's home we have this unbelieveable scene where child protective services is not called by two adults who saw the damage. Come on Trumble this is absurd to put it under the rug. In another scene we have Nate "giving in" to Luke. Nate's justification is he will always spend his life with Adam and he can manipulate him. What happens is Adam eventually breaks Nate's nose and departs for college. Now get this. Nate ends up lying in Adam's dormitory hallway for four weekends before he allows him in the room. Once in the room Nate is still punished by only sleeping on the floor. Eventually, they make up(Nate gets his way). Is it me or does this sound like S&M.

Don't get me wrong. I can enjoy a good story and can suspend belief to a degree. I did enjoy SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER that did have depth and a captivating narrative. DON'T LET ME GO is not worth the price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Batuocanhsang on March 11, 2012
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I started this book about a week ago and had to put it off during the midterms time. However, I was finally able to finish it on my long flight to Vietnam a few days ago. And guess what I'm doing? Of course, re-reading the excerpts that are imprinted in my head.

I just have to say, the book, the storyline, is just so REAL, so powerful, but so delicate. I see myself in Nate, I see someone else in Adam; and I wonder if I was that deeply passionate in such a relationship like theirs before. They somehow let me believe in "love" again, believe that such a genuine relationship can be found--with our soulmates. I was angered at the hostility and hatred spread throughout the unkind human being characters in the book; but it doesn't surprise me since I see it everyday. I just hope that some time, people who hate on others can set their "ideological beliefs" aside and take maybe a few hours to read this book. Then, they would discover what harms their hatred are doing to the young adults nowadays, instead of their preached "love."

I am looking forward to read any other books written by JH Trumble now. Thank you for such a terrific book, I love it!

And oh, I'm still re-reading some more. Gosh, I can't take my mind off these characters...
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