Don’t Let Me Go
by J.H. Trumble
c.2012, Kensington; $15.00; 352 pages
It's Hard to Let Go of Love
Somewhere, maybe just off to one side, there’s a hole in your heart.
It’s not life-threatening. Though you feel like you might, you won’t die from it. It’ll never show up on an x-ray or CT-scan. No doctor will ever be able to find the hole in your heart but you know it’s there: it’s about the size of the man you adored once and who’s gone, and it hurts.
You’ve loved. You’ve lost. Is that really better than to have never loved at all? In the new book Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble, a young man finds out.
Nate Schaper never wanted to let Adam Jefferies go.
Nate was in love with Adam from the moment Adam had rushed over to Nate’s locker to help another student who’d been bullied. Adam was like that: compassionate and smart, gentle and caring—not to mention so beautiful that Nate could barely stand it. They were an “us” not long after that morning by the lockers, and within weeks, they’d decided to come out together.
Adam was a senior then; a budding actor, a lover of the stage, and about to graduate. Nate was a junior and he never wanted to let Adam go.
But the following summer, he had to do it: Houston, Texas and New York City are some 1600 miles apart, and Adam had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appear off-off-Broadway. Nate wasn’t about to hold him back.
Once in New York, though, Adam didn’t seem to miss Nate as much as the vice was versa. Adam, in fact, had a new life complete with hottie-as-roommate, and he never seemed to have time for Nate anymore. Things had changed.
And Nate had changed, too. Angry with the way his life was going, he’d become a silent activist at school. He made a new friend, a straight guy who wouldn’t take any trouble from bullies. And when it seemed like Adam was so yesterday, Nate found another boyfriend.
But can you truly forget the love you lost? Stuffing aside memories of Adam and the things they shared, Nate wondered when he ever would….
Looking to spend some time with a wonderfully satisfying love story? You can stop your search right here, because Don’t Let Me Go will do just right.
With some not-quite-chaste bedroom scenes and a host of characters to embrace, author J.H. Trumble adds sass and spice to a tale of romance found and lost.
But love isn’t the only focus of this story: teenage Nate encounters homophobia in various forms and though it lends a certain squirmy realism, those parts of this book aren’t easy to read. Fortunately, Trumble’s supporting (and supportive) cast offsets the hate, which gives this novel meaning.
This is a great book for teens and adults alike, and it has an ending that…well, I don’t want to ruin it for you, so let’s just say it works. If you’re up for a nice boy-meets-boy story, in fact, Don’t Let Me Go is a book to get lost in.