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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,892 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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
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Sarah (saz101)
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
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Deeze
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
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Sean Kennedy
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) 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 m ...more
Thomas
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 on Amazon in 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
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June Helmsley
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.

FIRST
You 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
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Brigid
Oct 08, 2012 Brigid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of John Green, David Levithan, Barry Lyga
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
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Nichole (Dirty H)
So bottom line: I Fucking Loved This Book.

Now, that said, I must give fair warning because there are some of you out there who are just plain picky, and if you're not going to like it, then you should know now so you can skip it. There are some issues in this book that, while they didn't bother me, are hard limits for others.

1. Oh, the teenage angst. While this did not approach Amy Lane levels in my opinion, we are dealing with high school students who are dramatic and immature, as well as some
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Natalie★for the love of TBH!★


He made you feel like you were the only person in the world, that what you had to say was more important then any other worlds uttered since the dawn of time


★★★★ ! It is hard to believe that this is "J h Trumble's" debut novel. It was spectacular, and incredible well written. It may be a book for young adults with no extrem sexual context, but there was plenty of sexual tension. And god was it profound and deep. It made me feel more then many of the books I have read combined. It has gone not o
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Tina
You know those books that start with a prologue with young characters, maybe in high school or college then the actual book is their story ten years from that point? This wonderful book is exactly the opposite. We get to see Nate and Adam when they are young, just coming to terms with their being gay. We get to see them struggling with family and school and hate crime while coming out. We get to see what happens to them (and many others) when one half of a high school love affair moves away. The ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of 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
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Justin
I have to begin by saying that I have never, never in all my life become so attached to a book's characters or so utterly engrossed into the world of a novel. Not since I read Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt have I actually let my emotions meld with those of the characters themselves. I fell in love with these characters. I got angry at them. I felt their pain and their loss and their joy. There were at least eight times when I had to turn the book over and set it aside for a moment because I ...more
Josh
I honestly can't remember where I heard the early buzz for this book. All I do remember is putting it on my wishlist and checking the release date every Tuesday for at least a month before I was finally able to download it to my nook. I gotta say, it was well worth the wait.

Don't Let Me Go is told from the point of view of Nate, a gay high school senior recounting his relationship with Adam, his first and only boyfriend, and the many events that bind them together. When Adam leaves Texas to work
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Lettersalad
Nate und Adam lernen sich auf der High School kennen und lieben. An sich nichts Ungewöhnliches, wenn man die Tatsache außer Betracht lässt, das sie beide Jungs sind. Gerade für Nate ist dieser Umstand neu, denn er hat sich erst vor wenigen Wochen zu einem Outing entschlossen. Wie man sich nun denken kann, stößt er damit nicht nur bei seinen Mitschülern sondern auch in seiner eigenen Familie auf Unverständnis und muss sich schlimmsten Anfeindungen und Vorwürfen gegenüberstellen.
Doch da ist Adam,
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Edina Rose
I don't like stories where one person has to give up his dreams for love. I also don't like stories where the two lovers have an unhealthy interdependent relationship. And I can't stand characters who are self-centred, selfish, whinny and weak. You've got all that in this book, and I can't believe it but I liked the book!?! WTH? I guess I'm changing, or it's this author's magic, or both.

Adam and Nate met in their junior year and felt in love. Nate is high maintenance and Adam likes to be his de
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Alex Bennett
I was very eager to read Don’t Let Me Go since I first started hearing about it—because all I was hearing was how fantastic this book is. At the beginning of my reading it, I wasn’t so sure I was going to love it as much as everyone else was seeming to, but once I got going, I learned that everyone was right. Don’t Let Me Go is a truly outstanding book.

Essentially, Don’t Let Me Go is about relationships and how they can go through the good and the bad. I loved that Nate and Adam’s relationship w
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Helene
I should probably wait until the tears subside to write this review, but you know what...I don't want to.

After all, this is a book about being true to yourself and those you love and being responsible both for and to them. I've been trying to think about whether there has ever been a (literary)relationship I've rooted for harder than I rooted for Nate and Adams's and I can't think of one.

J.H. Trumble has done the most difficult of things: created complex, REAL, characters who aren't fighting zom
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Yvie
I came across this book when it was recommended to me on Goodreads based on books I had already read. The synopsis intrigued me and I downloaded a sample to my ereader. And boy, am I glad that I did.

Don’t Let Me Go is a story of love and hate. Love, because the two main protagonists are in an all consuming relationship; and hate because of the repercussions the two main protagonists have to face as a result of their sexuality.

Nate and Adam are madly in love with each other. After skirting around
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Isaac
DNF

Guys, I tried, I really did, but this book just drove me mad. Time jumps in books does work sometimes (although, to me, it always seems a little fan fiction and lazy) but here, I didn't have a clue what was going on half the time.

My second problem was the characterization. Now, this might be because I'm a cynical old queen, but the simpering, sickly, writing 'our song' crap just made me want to puke. The only forgiveness for it was they were high school students. Even so, cringing when I read
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❧Gwen❤❦
OMG~The Plot & Concept of the book JUST AWESOME!!!! BUT...This is how I felt reading this book~

The Flow took me on a ride that made me feel like I needed to just hang on ...Okay~ 1st, it took me a while to get into the book, and when I finally thought, hey I'm liking this...I loss my grip ...~Example~ (view spoiler)
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Wendy
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Betryal
I can't even begin to tell you about the emotional roller coaster ride with my feeling and emotions that this story took me on. I'm still flabbergasted today when I think about it.

It's a very well written story of young love, heartbreak, finding yourself and just a whole slew of events and circumstances that will have you laughing, super pissed to crying tears. I had my moment that if one of the characters were real I'd wanna kick his arse to the rafters.

This story is about Nate and Adam, it's
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David James
Trumble has this way of creating very real, very flawed characters that enhance all the messages and morals of the story. Don't Let Me Go is about relationships, about love, about life. And in the end you're left with the realization that there are, in fact, many different kinds of love. Perhaps the one we have is not the one we think we had, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. The loves we all have bring us back to this: Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble will hit close to home with you n ...more
Grant
The very best book I have read in the genre. Many parallels with my own life, so more identifiable than any book I've read previously.

Strong characterisation, very realistic story; yet still heart warming. Refreshingly original. Very good sense of humour.

The characters will stay with me for a long time after putting the book down.

The only regret... that the book was not twice as long!
Andy Yunker
As I was reading Don't Let Me Go my thoughts on it bounced all around. They never bounced to a place that found the novel in any way bad mind you, simply me really trying to decide how I felt about Nate. I can conclude that having now read all of J.H. Trumble's works (Here's hoping for more!) Nate is my least favorite out of the 5 narrators she's blessed us with. Perhaps it is because Nate narrates the whole story, or perhaps his personality is just the least in tune with me. After all, we don't ...more
BookChic Club
Trumble has written a really emotional, funny, realistic debut. It's one of the best books I've read all year, if not THE best. I was a bit wary in the beginning because I didn't like Nate at all. I thought he was being really pissy for no reason and had no idea what an amazing boyfriend he had. Seriously, I was REALLY frustrated so it took me a bit of time to get 100 pages in. But once I got there, and Nate's past got revealed as well as good times between Nate and Adam were shown, it came toge ...more
Elisquared
Don't Let Me Go was an amazing, heartfelt, intense, hilarious read, and it couldn't come at a better time. With the surge of GLBT-related suicide plaguing our country, a book which empowers GLBT kids is very needed. J. H. Trumble has written such a book.

This is a contemporary novel following the relationship of Nate and Adam, the ups and downs, the good times and the bad times, everything a relationship goes through. These boys aren't in the sidelines but front and center, and make me wish for a
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Maggie Simms
2.75 stars


This book didn't really work for me. Some of it was the book and some of it was probably my own personal hang-ups.

1. Flashback overload. I found the flashbacks disruptive and distracting. The pacing in this book is sloooow. It felt like every two steps forward, you were being thrown way back in time to some event in the past. It added nothing for me not having it done chronologically. Some parts were a past/present mixture that led to confusion (at least on my part). This back and for
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Trisha
This is a very intense exploration of a very intense relationship. Nate's assault and subsequent dependence on Adam deepens and changes an already completely devoted love affair. Interestingly, the assault occurs and stays mainly off-page, so even though we see the results of this devastating event, we have distance from it. Which might be why some of Nate's actions don't sit well with me.

I know Nate is damaged and angry, but I hurt so much for Adam.

Realistic, and gritty. I totally invested in
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