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Don't Let Me Go Paperback – January 1, 2012
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.
Sincerely, J.M Taylor
The book could have used more skilled editing, I believe, and the story arc - with its flashback sequences - is confusing and stretched out unnecessarily. Sorry, J.H.Trumble!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Highly recommended! Compelling reading that I couldn't put down. The story brought me to tears at times. All the characters are well-written and believable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N.S.
Something about gay novels. I read them. And I never get bored. Themes are usually the same. Definitely relatable as a gay male.Published 4 months ago by Carlos Jr
I love it. It was packaged neatly and it wasn't damaged at all. It has that great smell and it came the same date they said it would.Published 4 months ago by Kitten Marie
I was taken aback a bit by the way the story jumps back and forth in time.
To be honest, at one point I was hoping the main character would get a good hard slap.
This story really got to me. I was so sad it ended. I feel like I was saying goodbye to some wonderful people.Published 8 months ago by Justin D
This is one of my favorite books of all time. As someone who is the victim of a violent hate crime I read this book and days later still thought how awesome it was. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1. Discuss the significance and alternate connotations of the title.
Well after reading the entire story there were 2 major moments where Nate and Adam could have... Read more