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January 26, 2012

Review: Don't let me go By J.H. Trumble



Don't Let Me Go
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.

          My Review


     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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16 comments:

  1. Nice review! I am going to be adding this to my pile :) I love it when you can get attached to the characters. This sounds like a great read. Thanks because I hadn't heard of it.

    SupaGurl

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    1. I really did love the characters. Each one added their own uniqueness to the story. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Wow, that is such an awesome and thought provoking review. I really need to read this book for myself. I to have some gay friends and I hear about their struggles and it makes me want to cry out in protest. Thanks Wanda for helping the author bring this subject to light.

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    1. It is very sad an ugly reali to what happens every day of a young adult and adults life.

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  3. Wanda, Thanks so much for that passionate review! There is a lot of ugliness out there, but there's great beauty, too! So glad you liked the book.

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    1. I truly did love it. And I can't wait to read the companion novel.

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  4. Great review, Wanda! I love well written, character driven novels that really pull you in to the story. This sounds like a great read and I'm adding to my wishlist right away. I'm trying to start reading more contemporary books and this sounds like a keeper.

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    1. It is a keeper Jenna. You won't regret reading it. It's a very touching story.

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  5. I loved this book! I'm glad that you enjoyed it too!

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  6. Wanda, just from the blurb and your review I'm putting this book on my wishlist. I read so much urban fantasy, paranormal romance and fantasy, I sometimes over look the truly great contemp dealing with crucial issues that's out there. Thanks for bringing it to light!

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    1. I love reading book with controversial topics. This book touched every single homophobic issue out there. I love how she rounded up the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is looking to break out of the paranormal field.

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  7. Great review, Wanda/been on my wishlist since last year
    hope i can read it soon
    tnx 4 the review

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    1. Hi Roro, I'm so glad you have this book on your wishlist. It's a reallly reallly good read. I hope everyone here loves it as much as have.

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  8. AAAHHHH. THIS BOOK.
    My god, this book.
    I love it so much. It's one of my favorites ever. I borrowed the ARC from another blogger, then fell so in love with it that I bought a finished copy. Soooo glad you loved it! Great review :)

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    1. Thank you. Isn't this book amazing?! I have a finished copy so I'm definitely keeping it.

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