Published December 27th 2011
By Kensington Publishing Corporation
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.
But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.
J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.
When I first read the blurb on this book on goodreads, I felt like this is a book I have to read. Just to read about what young gay individuals go through on a daily basis in today's society is something that I knew it would pull at my heart strings. Their love in this book was presented as something real along with their relationship problems. Nothing was just black and white in this novel. The homophobic issues presented in this book can make you cry. I have to say I have a few friends that are gay and I couldn't love them any more if they were straight. This book is definitely an eye opener for about young gay adults and their day to day battles.
This book was simply amazing, sad yet heartwarming. I fell in love with the main character Nate and his partner Adam. I'm more in love with Adam, but shh, Nate doesn't have to know. LOL. I love how the author wrote her characters personalities and strengths. Nate was brave and strong despite the horrific acts he has endured. And Adam, he was just so patient and he truly loved Nate. He's my favorite. But what I like most in this story was, that Nate, Adam and their friends were teenagers and acted like teenagers. They dealt with the wrongs against them like teenagers would. Nothing in this story was written in an unrealistic way. I love the connection between all the characters and their personalities. Each character brought a different personality to the story, which made the story the success it is. I connected with each of them.
What's really sad is that this book is a complete reality. So many times I've seen the news or read the newspaper where a young gay teen or adult has committed suicide due to bullying and taunting. Homosexuality is frowned upon many people. Should someone really die because they are not accepted in society? I think, Not. This book highlighted the "Ugly Truth" about how it is to be gay in today's world. And it makes me sad, how many young gay individuals are finding suicide as their best option. Trumble wrote a story that could have easily been the story of someone we know. This book was extraordinary. Kudos to Trumble for showing us the ugly reality of it all.
The only complaint I have about this book is not about the story itself. It's a bit about how the story was written. This story goes back and forth from present to past. But that's necessary to show you how much the characters has grown. But there were times in a chapter that it would jump from one scene to another in the next paragraph without prompt. So I have caught myself re-reading to make sure I understand what just happened. But because of how amazing this story was, it didn't bother me at all. This is a great coming-out story. A wonderful, amazing story and I can't wait to read her companion novel. A 5/5 stars! A definite, absolutely must buy and a definite Good Choice for Reading!
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