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Don't Let Me Go

Don't Let Me Go

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by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Black Swan Books, Limited
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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the bestselling author of twenty-seven published and forthcoming books. Some of her recent books include The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me with You, Where We Belong, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her short stories have been published in Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun. She has received numerous awards, including the Rainbow Award and the British Book Award.

Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into twenty-three languages. Hyde is the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation.

For more information, please visit catherineryanhyde.com.

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Don't Let Me Go 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ValerieL 24 days ago
Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a phenomenal book. It showed up in one of my discounted eBooks emails one day. The description sounded pretty good and it was on sale that day so I thought, "What the heck, I'll try it". I'm really glad that I did! It was a fantastic book about 9-year-old Grace (some editions seem to list her as 10, but the one I have said 9) and the struggles she faces as well as how she pulls together everyone in her apartment building, including Billy, a former Broadway dancer, who is now agoraphobic. I found the characters to be incredibly realistic and full of life. Grace is a beautiful, thoughtful child in a bad situation. Her mother is a sometimes-recovering addict, emphasis on 'sometimes', which leads her to be sitting on the front steps waiting for someone to rescue her. Enter in Billy, the former dancer, who hasn't been out of his apartment in 10 years. He sees Grace sitting there every day and finally ventures out to the patio just outside his apartment to inquire after her. Her answers change everything. The two strike up an unlikely friendship which changes both their lives. While all of the apartment building members are part of this story, Grace and Billy are the main focus of the story so you don't learn a lot about the others, but they're all great secondary characters though. The settings are "just right" for me. There's enough description so I can see the setting in my head and make up the difference in my imagination. That's "just right" to me. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good book! I couldn't put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Protozoan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Ms. Hyde's writing is always so vivid, she really brings her characters to life. She is one of the few authors that I've read that can bring depth to her characters. I love that all of them have their "flaws" in life. Every character has their own inner turmoil to deal with. I appreciate these aspects of her characters because it makes them more real. Everyone has their own demons to deal with in life. They have their own past and is either struggling with it or has learned and moved on. That's why I love Hyde's books, her characters are very real. I love that her stories involve people that aren't related coming together as family. Call me cheesy or maybe just an optimist, but it gives me hope that there are people out there who can actually care about others and accept them as family depending on the situations. The only reason I only gave this four stars was because there were parts that were a little slow in the story. I would highly recommend this story if you want to read a coming of age drama.
TamiG969 More than 1 year ago
Awesome story! Should be another movie!!