Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble
Reading this book was a step out of my normal genre of interests. I am a sucker for a good contemporary romance and lean towards these titles whenever I get a good reccomendation, however this cont. romance dealt with homosexuality. Not an area I lean towards in my reading. This book was recommended to me by one of my Goodreads friends, thanks Helene! Having some trepidation about the topic I read her review, then went onto amazon to get a better idea of what I was stepping into. I admit I have read my share of erotica but wasn't sure I was ready for it in this format. The reviews raved about the book and I jumped in and started reading yesterday morning and thank the lucky stars it was New Years Eve and I have an excuse to stay up all night to finish reading it. I have to say it was/ is one of the best books I have read. This is the story of two young men and their developing relationship, the ups and downs of thier feelings for each other as one graduates and moves to New York while the other remains behind as a senior in high school. It is not, and I repeat NOT a book with blantant sexuality. Although it is implied and discussed, as with any romance, it is not the focal point of the story. I love good characters and dialogue and this book delivers! While reading it I didn't even think about the gender of the characters, I just loved them both and wanted them to figure out how to be together. Many of the books I have read lately have moments of drag while they try to fill in back stroy and sometimes the characters are stiff and say things that make me go Hmmmm. This book does none of that. The dialogue is realistic and funny. The situations are realistic and relatable. It tackles some tough issues of how each of the characters came out to their family and friends, it touches gently upon a hate crime commited against one of the boys, but mostly it focuses us on how hard two individuals are trying to figure out who they are as individuals while trying to keep their relationship. It is primarily told from Nate's point of view, with the help of some understanding friends. I wish I had friends that were so great in high school. While tough topics are discussed in this book it is done in a smooth and easy way that just makes it a part of the story. My heart strings were pulled again and again as they went through the trials of a long distance relationship and i root for them the entire time. I highly recommend this book for its power of good story telling. When the writing is so good it takes you out of your own head and into theirs. Thank you for giving such a wonderful voice to a tricky topic.