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Don't Let Me Go 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, heart pounding, 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 yangBut when Adam graduates and takes an off Broadway job in New York at Nate s insistence that certainty begins to flicker Nate s friends can t keep his insecurities at bay, especially when he catches Skyped glimpses of Adam s shirtless roommate 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 s the attention of a new boy who is looking for than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants Tender, thoughtful, and unflinchingly real, Don t Let Me Gois a witty and beautifully written account of young love, long distance relationships, and learning to follow your heart Love It s romanticised, mythologised frequently sanitised and at its most beautiful, its most pure, there is no single greater force for good in this world Yet soured or corrupted, or viewed from aside with a poisoned heart, the hatred it incites is perhaps the most destructive, and it is this love and hate, and the price of both that Don t Let Me Go examines in often heartbreaking extremes.It s a basic right, particularly in the Western world, that we may love who we choose, or, sho Love It s romanticised, mythologised frequently sanitised and at its most beautiful, its most pure, there is no single greater force for good in this world Yet soured or corrupted, or viewed from aside with a poisoned heart, the hatred it incites is perhaps the most destructive, and it is this love and hate, and the price of both that Don t Let Me Go examines in often heartbreaking extremes.It s a basic right, particularly in the Western world, that we may love who we choose, or, should the adage prove true, who our hearts decide we must Yet many who take this simple freedom granted for themselves do not believe it a right, but a privilege, one earned by merit of religion, the colour of one s skin, position, or gender.We meet Nate, our narrator, and Adam, the Juliet to his Romeo or vice versa on page one, which also happens to be the middle of their story Through a series of flashbacks, Trumble shows the couple s past and present sweet romance and horrifying brutality in parallels to a present of petty fights and bickering, of distance which renders hearts strangers, not stronger in their affections Yet to talk of Don t Let Me Go in context of romance or of ethical allegory alone is to do it an injustice, for it is so muchthan each, or either.It s a story of extremes, of shining love and blackest hate, of marginalization and bullying, and about a gay teen dealing with a world who views him as a thing which must be dealt with , rather than a boy with feelings and a beating, hurting heart Concerned as it is with hate and homophobia though I suppose the two are, truly, synonymous , it is farthan a simple parable Dealing with the broader meaning of love than romance alone, family, friendship, and, above all, finding oneself, Trumble handles her characters with sensitivity, warmth and humour The story s heartache is balanced with joy, and a love story so tender and pure in its honesty, its messiness, its good and bad, it s intoxicating Don t Let Me Go a feeling book, an emotional one, one driven very much by its vividly real characters.The cast of Don t Let Me Go is varied and disparate, and amongst its friends and families and heroes, is a love so beautiful and fierce it is humbling to witness Yet none of them are perfect Some are certainlyso than others Adam s family, Nate s grandmother, the lovely Juliet and hilarious Daniel Quasimi among them Others are profoundly flawed, with Nate broken, combative, and self destructive winning that race by a country mile Nate is not always easy to like He makes impulsive, foolish decisions, acts in anger and hurts those who love him most Yet there s a painful authenticity to his actions, and Trumble doesn t make excuses for her characters, showing them simply as they are human Despite his failings, readers will find in Nate a sympathetic hero, evenso as his story and history unfolds in heartbreaking clarity.Four hundred years ago Shakespeare penned his now famous maxim on the path of love and, while comic in context, it rings, loudly, true in Don t Let Me Go Marrying 500 Days of Summer and Hannah Harrington s Speechless with the raw emotional authenticity of Brigid Kemmerer s Elemental series, Don t Let Me Go is a powerful story with a profound message.Don t Let Me Go starts with goodbyes, and ends with hope, with promise of a future just beyond a not so distant horizon It s not possible to take the journey through this tale without seeing horrifying truths and the blackest sides of humanity, but, ultimately, it is much to do with hate butwith love, and it is this love which makes it such a powerful story Interwoven with a deep appreciation of music, a warm sense of humour, and profound understanding of how much our world needs books such as this, and needs to have such conversations, Don t Let Me Go is a gem one uncut and unpolished, authentic and untainted, and immeasurably precious.I sometimes wish simply saying read this book were enough because this book has something very important to say, and to teach, and it s also when it s not utterly heartbreaking an absolute joy to read So perhaps I ll say it anyway, if I may Read this book And love Above all things, in all things, love One of the most angst filled books that I have ever read holy crap This book is completely polarizing among my friends Some hate it and 1 starred it, others loved it and favorited it I feel like I m on both ends simultaneously, so I settled on 3 stars What I liked This book felt like an older YA book and I m not talking about sex content The way the characters acted and felt was authentic and mature while still staying appropriate for their age It is a huge pet peeve of mine in YA whe One of the most angst filled books that I have ever read holy crap This book is completely polarizing among my friends Some hate it and 1 starred it, others loved it and favorited it I feel like I m on both ends simultaneously, so I settled on 3 stars What I liked This book felt like an older YA book and I m not talking about sex content The way the characters acted and felt was authentic and mature while still staying appropriate for their age It is a huge pet peeve of mine in YA when the characters are portrayed as simple or underdeveloped, like that s okay because it is YA It isn t Here, the 18 year olds had passion, fears, and angst poring out of every orifice like real 18 year olds It felt very, very true to life for me The relationship felt like a real relationship This was a difficult point for me to acknowledge I remember what it was like with my high school boyfriend the ups, the downs, the misunderstandings, the drunken fights it all was present here As much as I loathed reading about the relationship between Adam and Nate at times, it rang painfully true I felt their love, their passion, and really felt like I knew them as a couple, very intimately The character of Danial Awesome in every way The grandma Awesome in every way The editing and the writing This book feels polished and professional Someone took painstaking amounts of time to make it so And it shows The way this book made me feel F, it takes a lot for me to feel this passionate about a book, for good or for bad, so I have to acknowledge that this book elicited big emotions in me The character of Adam You tried your best, poor thing What I didn t like I m going to have to limit this because it could get a bit rambly I ll start with the time jumps It was confusing as hell for me at times Time jumped from different points in the past to the present, and I often had trouble following Just didn t really work for me Nate Nate, you narcissistic, broken, needy little f er I have this strange love hate relationship with him I hate him for what he did to Adam God, Nate was so needy and difficult and selfish at times I really can t forgive him for some of the things that he did I wanted to punch him towards the end of the book Hard But I also got where he was coming from a lot of the time He was truly in need of some serious therapy and he took on way too much I think this book catches him at an incredibly difficult point in his life and I don t think it was the most flattering time for him I feel for him but I m still angry at him Luke s dad The school principle s reaction towards him was 100% unrealistic and insane Juliet Was I the only one who thought it was strange that she kept hitting on Nate, even while he was dating her best friend The angst up to wazoo I m an angst lover but this was even pushing it for me at times The misunderstandings were out of control That ending I felt like it was a cop out Overall, I loved parts of this book and hated parts of this book However, I think that this author is fabulously talented, so I can t wait to readby her Oh, how I struggled with this book It was YA fiction written with the worst of the m m tropes Gay bashing Check Rampant homophobia Check Hurt comfort view spoiler yes Rape with a tyre iron, no less hide spoiler Check Fag hag who tries to sleep with her gay best friend, and then vicariously lives through their relationship until she gets her own Check Straightsplaining by the straight characters Oh, yes, check Add to all of this a horrendously co dependent relationship which Oh, how I struggled with this book It was YA fiction written with the worst of the m m tropes Gay bashing Check Rampant homophobia Check Hurt comfort view spoiler yes Rape with a tyre iron, no less hide spoiler Check Fag hag who tries to sleep with her gay best friend, and then vicariously lives through their relationship until she gets her own Check Straightsplaining by the straight characters Oh, yes, check Add to all of this a horrendously co dependent relationship which makes Twilight look a little bit saner and an epilogue that ties up all loose ends ten years later without really working for it, and I was ready to cry from insanity Funny how the aforementioned Twilight gets justifiably criticised for a notorious depiction of emotionally abusive relationships, and this one gets embraced as a fully blooded romance just because it s two guys.Seriously, I haven t read a book that made me this angry in AGES There is great YA gay fiction out there This isn t it 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 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 Barry Lyga s Boy Toy.Seriously Read it You won t be disappointed I really wanted to love this book I moved heaven and earth to find it Well, not really I searched all of my local libraries, and the nearby bookstores I couldn t buy it onin case my mom got to it before I did I resorted to ordering it through Barnes Noble, and I m still not sure why Don t Let Me Go was so difficult to obtain.It s like gay chick lit, but better The story revolves around Nate Schaper, a high school senior who has already found his soul mate Nate and Adam are inse I really wanted to love this book I moved heaven and earth to find it Well, not really I searched all of my local libraries, and the nearby bookstores I couldn t buy it onin case my mom got to it before I did I resorted to ordering it through Barnes Noble, and I m still not sure why Don t Let Me Go was so difficult to obtain.It s like gay chick lit, but better The story revolves around Nate Schaper, a high school senior who has already found his soul mate Nate and Adam are inseparable, bonded by true love that has survived huge amounts of homophobia even a heinous hate crime But when Adam graduates and gets an acting job in New York, their relationship is put to the ultimate test.There should mebooks like Don t Let Me Go I loved how J.H Trumble addressed homosexuality and how tough it can be to be gay in high school She took a sensitive and honest approach to coming out, cycles of abuse, and gay straight friendships Her care for the characters appeared prominently on every page.Before I get into why I didn t love the book, I want to make it clear that I have every intention of reading Trumble s next novel Her writing is raw and sincere, and her utilization of flashbacks uniquely fleshed out the characters I only wish she had showed some of the scenes instead of telling them However, the romance in the novel was real and intense and made me wish that I had a boyfriend Perhaps that s how girls feel when they read books like Anna and the French Kiss.Now, the only reason I m giving this book three stars instead of five is Nate Nate Schaper It s taking every ounce of my self control not to just rant about him As the protagonist of the book and the narrator, I did empathize with him I understood how hurt and vulnerable he was But there comes a time when characters cross the line from emotionally distraught and damaged to acting like an insensitive, immature idiot Almost every single plot problem arose from his insecurity or his inability to communicate like a mature human being The pain I felt for Adam cut way deeper than the pain I felt for Nate He deserved a sharp slap across the face, or something that would wake him from his slumber of stupidity.Don t get me wrong, I still recommend this book, especially to those searching for a great story centered on a gay relationship Just get ready to put up with a protagonist who is not exactly likeable review cross posted on my blog, the quiet voice Holy fuckstick on a fucking narwhal velociraptor dragon beast, this book is the best thing since ever and holy shit I m smiling so hard people are noticing.I m going to try to write a coherent review but I don t know if I can do it Here it goes.FIRSTYou know something horrible happened to Nate and there are a lot of flashbacks but it s done well so you re not like I thought this happened then and what s what SECOND Nate and Adam are the best couple since Connor and David in Kamikaze Boys an Holy fuckstick on a fucking narwhal velociraptor dragon beast, this book is the best thing since ever and holy shit I m smiling so hard people are noticing.I m going to try to write a coherent review but I don t know if I can do it Here it goes.FIRSTYou know something horrible happened to Nate and there are a lot of flashbacks but it s done well so you re not like I thought this happened then and what s what SECOND Nate and Adam are the best couple since Connor and David in Kamikaze Boys and that s saying something Their relationship feels so real, and the heartbreak is goddamn palpable.THIRDOkay, you know that scene in Kill Bill or maybe it s the sequel when they show that cartoon of The Bride getting punched by the assassins, and it s similar to the end of Death Proof when those chicks were beating up on that dude That s so going to happen to you while you read this book Not in a bad way, but this book will get all up in your face saying You re going to feel this heartache and you re like Holy shit and it keeps on going If you re like me you start freaking out and screaming on the bus and the driver threatens to ban you but fuck that guy Okay so Nate and Adam are the perfect couple, but these fuckmouth assholes assault Nate and he has to go through a trial and everything Adam s there for him the entire time but then he gets an offer to go to New York and Nate convinces him to go even though he wants him to stay One of Adam s roommates is a total manslut and then Nate starts getting the eye for this cute guy and things go all crazy This book is not predictable in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM AND HOLY SHIT IS THIS BOOK AWESOME SERIOUSLY, I CAN T EVEN.Oh my god did this book fuck my soul And it felt so good.The ending Will MAKE YOU SAY FUCK YES And it s not contrived, it feels so real Prepare to be OWNED by this amazing book You SO HAVE TO READ THIS FUCK D D A lovely story of first love.We get to follow Nate and Adam as they journey through the upheavals of first love and life Their journey is a roller coaster ride that will leave you feeling everything from hope and love to frustration and heartbreak.Along the way we get to meet some wonderful characters and some pretty nasty ones too All play a big part in this story I admit I struggled with the way this book was written The time line was not always clear, and as in most cases the flash backs A lovely story of first love.We get to follow Nate and Adam as they journey through the upheavals of first love and life Their journey is a roller coaster ride that will leave you feeling everything from hope and love to frustration and heartbreak.Along the way we get to meet some wonderful characters and some pretty nasty ones too All play a big part in this story I admit I struggled with the way this book was written The time line was not always clear, and as in most cases the flash backs came when I least wanted them too and ended before I was ready But don t let that put you off reading a wonderful story of two guys falling in love and the struggles they go through This is a must read for all who love a college age story Strike that, this is a must read for all those that love a good love story Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted If you decide to read this book, there are two things you need to overlook The frequent time jumps throughout the story can be disorienting Considering that very bad things happen to the main characters, I appreciate the author s use of this technique that in some ways helps to lessen the intensity of the events and in other ways makes them evenhorrifying Just pay attention and you will find the story flows nicely and comes togethe Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted If you decide to read this book, there are two things you need to overlook The frequent time jumps throughout the story can be disorienting Considering that very bad things happen to the main characters, I appreciate the author s use of this technique that in some ways helps to lessen the intensity of the events and in other ways makes them evenhorrifying Just pay attention and you will find the story flows nicely and comes together in the end The end The craptacular ending that takes place 10 years after the story s events Though it was nice to see most of the story s main conflicts resolved, I wantedevidence of the characters work to get to that point I also felt that certain significant issues were not addressed, which left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied Nate and Adam meet in high school and are joined at the hip Their love is true, but Adam heads off to New York to take an acting job after graduation, putting great strain on their relationship Nate and Adam s relationship has all the passion and intensity of young people in love and was portrayed so effectively and authentically, that I found myself remembering my own difficult teenage years It was easy to empathize with Nate and Adam, even if they lacked communication skills that would have prevented many of their problems This is not just a love story, though There is pain, heartbreak, and betrayal in spades And there is the brutal sexual assault that left Nate emotionally wounded long after his injuries healed Sensitive readers need not worry Trumble skillfully interweaves details of the attack and its aftermath delicately through flashbacks I loved this book and gobbled it up in two days, discreetly swiping my tears while I was riding the bus to work Nate and Adam were so real that I wanted to reach through the pages and hug them Though Nate s neediness and insecurity irritated me at times, I had to keep reminding myself that he is a teenager who suffered a traumatic experience I m glad Nate and Adam had the support of their friends Danial, a straight ally of Pakistani descent Juliet, Adam s best friend who has a crush on Nate and Luke, a sensitive, closeted boy who is drawn to Nate and is equally as needy While I liked the supporting cast, I couldn t help being slightly annoyed by Juliet One of these days I would like to read about a strong female character who can have a close gay male friend while still having a fulfilling life of her own I realize this is a book for young adults, but I was slightly bothered that the sexual intimacy between Nate and Adam was perfunctorily handled and lacking in sensuality It would have been nice to have a tender love scene contrast with all the homophobia and brutality Minor complaints aside, this was an amazing book Very highly recommended I can t wait to read Luke s story Seeof my reviews at Bettering Me Up.This book had SO much potential and fell terribly flat I absolutely love the premise and I totally swooned over the cover Other reviewers compared this to works by David Levithan and John Green, so I was expecting to be wowed.And I was Just not in a good way.To be fair, I am not gay I am also not a guy So I have no idea what it s like to be a recently out 17 year old high school boy But I DO read a fair bit of GLBT YA fiction, so I m not completely Seeof my reviews at Bettering Me Up.This book had SO much potential and fell terribly flat I absolutely love the premise and I totally swooned over the cover Other reviewers compared this to works by David Levithan and John Green, so I was expecting to be wowed.And I was Just not in a good way.To be fair, I am not gay I am also not a guy So I have no idea what it s like to be a recently out 17 year old high school boy But I DO read a fair bit of GLBT YA fiction, so I m not completely unfamiliar with the genre.I have so many problems with this book that I don t even know where to begin Which is why I m so glad that I took notes on my Kindle, once I started getting really annoyed.1 In this book, everyone who is not gay is either 1 head over heels in love with someone of the opposite sex who IS gay taking fag hag to an extreme 2 a mother or a sibling of someone who is gay or 3 a hateful person who spews vitriol at every opportunity and beats up homosexuals I mean, EVERYONE Parents Friends Schoolmates Strangers There isn t a single person who is indifferent or supportive.2 All gay guys look like this No, wait This is okay.3 If you are of any sort of ethnic heritage, people automatically cannot pronounce your last name Because there are so few non Caucasians in Texas.4 School administrators don t care if students are bullied, assaulted, or attempt suicide Or are beaten by their parents.5a Some cheating is okay, but just don t get caught 5b Even if your ex wants to fool around, you don t HAVE to No one is forcing you, no matter how much he begs and pleads Seriously Stop being such a baby about it.6 Gays need bodyguards.7 Teenagers don t know anything about blogs.8 The timelines and chronology were all over the place, which made the story really hard to follow There were random sections with a lot of unnecessary detail re stringing a guitar tuning a guitar the temporormandibular joints just say TMJ and playing football.9 The mid story angst the arc of the story that is supposed to tug at your heartstrings and make your stomach plummet with dread felt very forced And then there was swine flu And a huge fight or four And OMG, I should feel something But no.By the time I got to the epilogue, I wasn t sure I could handle the inanity of last few pages everyone is happy and in love and making babies and seeking closure to those few drama filled days from TEN YEARS AGO.I am actually debating whether or not to request a refund fromI am that disappointed


About the Author: J.H. Trumble

J.H Trumble is a Texas native and graduate of Sam Houston State University You can visit the author online at and on Facebook and Twitter.


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