Don't Let Me Go [NOOK Book]

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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 yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York--at Nate's ...

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Overview

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 yang.

But 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 more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

Tender, thoughtful, and unflinchingly real, Don't Let Me Go is a witty and beautifully written account of young love, long-distance relationships, and learning to follow your heart.

"Don't Let Me Go is a charming story. Trumble's love for the characters is evident on every page, and it's contagious." -- Robin Reardon, author of A Secret Edge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758278005
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 205,772
  • File size: 913 KB

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    I can't recommend this book enough!

    All I can say is WOW!! Awakening, discovery, tenderness, heartbreak, betrayal; I could go on and on. This is an amazing novel of first and only love. Nate is a young man who is at a cross roads. He knows he is dependent on his boyfriend, but he also knows he must let Adam go so that he can fulfill his dreams. Even if it means that they will be separated for months and by countless miles. It tears his young heart apart. Adam has only been in his life for a short time, but without Adam, Noah just wouldn’t be. This is Nate’s story. His past, present and future as told with the confines of this book. It is told in his voice, be it as a young and immature teenager or as man that is wise and strong beyond his years. To be able to experience this with him is a gift. This is a love story that speaks to anyone who has ever met the other half of their heart or has experienced a long distance relationship. Nate is crushed when Adam leaves for NYC. All his insecurities and jealousies come to play, and truthfully even though Adam is an innocent bystander he does little to alleviate Nate’s feelings. This lack of communication and trust during a long distant relationship can happen between any couple and has. Matters of the heart do not know gender, race or sexual orientation. This story has nothing to do with them being lovers, it has to do with them being human beings with emotions and the games that the mind plays when we are alone and in need of our loved one. Don’t Let Me Go is told in a unique and well thought out fashion. Flashbacks to the past are wonderfully written to flow flawlessly with the present, giving you an amazing insight into Nate and Adam’s relationship. Though Nate seems childish at times, his feelings are warranted. He has a tragic past and is still raw from the experience. I felt his heartache and his triumphs. Ms. Trumble’s exceptional writing entranced the story for me and I couldn’t put the book down. Her portrayal of first love and all the pain and anguish that same sex couples go through is spellbinding. The injustice is poignant. Her depiction of how ugly bigotry and hatred can be was perfect. I was enraged during the story, but was also awed and filled with wonder. Don’t Let Me Go is just simply an extraordinary story that shouldn’t be missed. I can’t praise it enough. Bravo and well done!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Brilliantly Lively + Heartbreakingly Romantic

    I first read this story in manuscript form, and I just finished reading the actual printed thing. And I loved it even more than the first time! This story is passionate, real, and it'll make you go crazy for a boyfriend much like the one the main character, Nate, has.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    In the end I was both completely satisfied and left wanting more

    In the end I was both completely satisfied and left wanting more. The authors realistic depiction of a teenager's coming out is inspired. I loved it! Best book I've read this year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Absolutely Fantastic. One of the best books I have read in 2012

    I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book. However I am always open to reading something different. Even if it stretches my normal boundaries. I like to think I am open minded when it comes to reading and therefore will try read anything. Am I ever glad that I do read just about anything and have an open mind when selecting books to read.

    I absolutely loved this book. At times the book is romantic, sweet, angering, and melancholy. It's about being a teenager, being in love, and being yourself. Finding out who your are and being brave enough to live life how you are no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you.

    Are there some things that Nate did that I did not agree with. Most definitely. I was glad with the ending. Nate and Adam's love for one another is truly a beautiful thing to read about. Yes they had difficulties and I got angry wanting to throw my book across the room at times. However in the end it was the loved that Adam and Nate felt not just for one another but for their friends that kept me reading and I was so happy I did.

    Nate and Adam must overcome distance, jealousy, doubt, and indiscretions in order to truly be together. Really this is what most relationships end up enduring at point or another. Thus allowing readers of any orientation to relate. I can't truly give you a review because I don't think I can do so without gushing about the book and giving away too many details. I loved all of the characters. Nate, Adam, Luke, Danial, and Juliet. They were all so real and relatable. None of them were prefect. They all had their flaws which made the book just that much more interesting to read.

    I have had this book for a couple of months and never read it. I am so glad I finally picked it and a little disappointed in myself for not doing so sooner. I recommend you not only put this on your to be read list but that you actually read it and not let it sit collecting dust. Read this book!!! I think it's fantastic

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    A must have :)

    I absolutely loved it..I could not put it down..true love does really with stand everything...Nate let Adam go..like that saying if you love something let it go...well he did..and Adam came back...it was meant to be..thru all the pain and trials of love/hate/confusion..they toughed it out..I laughed, I cried..it really made me think..how hard it really is to grow up gay and without the support of friends and families. Luckily Nate and Adam had each other,,and family..friends like Danial..My mom is gay..says she knew she was when she was 12..she was raped several times by a group of boys..sum were cousins..but goin up in the 50's I guess was harder to come out and say...so she followed the norm, got married had kids..5 of them..they split, she went with her natural tendancies, went thru sum rough spells with the family..came out approximately 15 yrs,,lost sum family members because the disowned her..which is their loss...I love my mom..and I love her mate..altho not official..they stick by each others sides thru thick and thin..I don't think there's anything wrong with being gay..they're human just like you and I..they love, laugh, cry, fight, make mistakes..this book says it all..its a must have..I can definately see myself rereading it over and over...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Fantastic

    Amazing depiction of teenage love. Blew me away with its honwsty and accuracy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

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    This book was a great read! I'm at a loss for words to best expr

    This book was a great read! I'm at a loss for words to best express how much I enjoyed the book! It's written in a way that you can easily relate with the characters in the story. I 100% recommend this to anybody!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I expected to read a typical young men's story of coming out. This book developed the main characters so well I thought I knew them. Hated to see this story end and am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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       This is an intense, emotional and gritty contemporary. I conn

       This is an intense, emotional and gritty contemporary. I connected with Nate and felt his pain. 
        We see all sides to this relationship, the present and then different things in flashbacks throughout the book. We get to see the uncertainty, the flirting, an even that is traumatic for Nate, and pieces of Nate and Adam's healing as well as their happy times. 
        Nate is so vulnerable and brave all at the same time. You can clearly see the insecurities, but he also stands up for the injustices. I loved the T-shirt theme. He would wear something about gay pride and the teachers would make him repeatedly turn it inside out. Instead of stopping, he turned it into a "movement" at his school, where others would wear pride shirts or just wear inside out to support him.
       It really highlights the cruelty, ignorance and intolerance of some people. I do not miss high school and this shows me many reasons why. It was painful to read about what Nate and Adam went through, and had to deal with because of who they love. As a christian, I feel bad that there was people that opposed and was so cruel to Nate. I am really close with Jesus, and in no way do I think that he would have treated someone that way or stood for it. I have my own things that I do that is against what the bible speaks for or against, and I agree with what was said that they needed to get the planks out of their eye before trying to judge someone else. 
       Danial is a great secondary character, and I loved every scene he was in. He is a straight guy, but he has ties to the gay community. I really appreciate how he stood up for and was a true friend to Nate. His back story is so touching, and it moved me so much. 
       I was so conflicted about Luke. His mere presence put Nate in a weird place. He is a guy who is ready to come out, but worried about the ramifications, and very worried that his parents won't be supportive. Since Nate's dad didn't support it and he felt much the same way, Nate took him in and wanted to help him. 
       This story of first and powerful love isn't perfect though. There are big misunderstandings that get in Adam and Nate's way. There is evidence that Adam is not being the guy that we believe him to be... the evidence just is not pointing his way. And then Nate does some stupid things too that made me want to smack some sense into him. But at the end of the day (or book, however you want to look at it) I felt for these characters, and I cared what happened to them. I could see where their mistakes come from, and usually the heart is in the right place, just not fully realizing what the consequences can be and who it could hurt.
       This book should be for mature teens and up due to drugs, language and semi-descriptive sexual acts. Nothing is too gratuitous but still a bit more descriptive than most ya lit. 
       None of the above really bothered me though, it seemed realistic from a male pov. 
       The ending is abrupt, but the epilogue gives more closure, and it is sweet.




    Bottom Line: Hardcore emotional but beautifully written story about a gay boy learning to love and accept himself, and taking others along for the ride.

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