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"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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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758269277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758269270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 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 (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kyoske on March 5, 2012
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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12 of 14 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brigid Kemmerer on October 8, 2012
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Okay, so this book was amazing.

This book was marketed as adult, but I'd say it's pretty damn fine YA. I'd put this up there with John Green and David Levithan. YES. REALLY.

First off, I couldn't put it down. Seriously. I read on my phone, I read at the gym -- WHILE RUNNING, people -- I read in the car (while someone else was driving), I read any chance I could get.

The romance? Amazing. The characters? Amazing. The whole story was just beautiful and fulfilling and ... seriously, I just want to hug Nate.

You know how sometimes you read books and you want to shake people and say, "You need to read this book!!"? This is that book. This book made me want to be a better writer.

There is some sexuality and language in this book (no explicit sex, but a few occasional explicit references to sex), but everything suited the story perfectly, and everything was true to each character.

I know some reviews mentioned that they had a problem with the time line. The story is told in alternating periods of current time and flashbacks, but I thought it was exactly what the story needed. It was very reminiscent of the narrative style of Barry Lyga's Boy Toy.

Seriously. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James M. Tayloar on March 8, 2012
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I have never taken the time to review or respond to any of the numerous books I have downloaded to my Kindle; but I have to share my great pleasure with others after reading this book. I am certainly no qualified literary critic;however,after reading, Dont't Let Me Go, I was so pleased with the story,the characters, the construction and development I just had to say, "Thank You, Mr.Trumble for writing this incredible book. Without doubt it is the most believable story of its' kind I have ever read. I could immediately identify with the protagonist and his friends. I just wish I had had so many supportive straight friends when I was growing up in a small Southern town and essentially had to remain in the Closet until I was safely on my own. You struck so many issues,emotions and real truths I was mesmerized and couldn't put down the book until I finished. I am now in the process of looking for and downloading anything I can find by this Author and highly recommend this book to anyone.

Sincerely, J.M Taylor
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