August 20, 2014
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Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble

Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble

More than one of our subscribers recommended I read Don’t Let Me Go by JH Trumble and I’m glad I took the time to give this novel a try. The cover is enticing enough, but I have to admit that I was hesitant to read a love story between two males written by a female. It has nothing to do with Trumble’s prowess as a writer, but more to do with my ability to believe a story written about a protagonist by someone of the opposite gender. Does Trumble really understand what it’s like to be an teenage male in a budding homosexual relationship? I’ll let you know my opinion, and then you should find out for yourself. :)

dlmgwordleThe story follows the relationship between two high school sweethearts, Nate and Adam, who are brave enough to publicly declare their love for one another in front of their entire school and community. However, as life tends to do, they’re separated so Adam can pursue a career in New York while Nate is left behind to complete his senior year in high school. The basic conflict is: will their relationship survive?

What I liked most about this book is its portrayal of how successful a couple can be if there is enough trust and patience invested. As I was reading, I found it remarkable how patient the characters were (and I consider myself to be a very patient person). At times, I thought to myself that this was almost too perfect of a couple, but then trouble happens, and then I really began to appreciate the story.

No relationship is perfect. Point blank. No matter how much we like to believe that we’ll meet the perfect person who won’t cause any conflict or disturbance in our life and will exist with us in perfect harmony, the truth is each person is different and there are bound to be conflicts that arise (and if there weren’t any, then that makes for a very boring relationship). What makes or breaks a relationship is how the couple chooses to overcome the obstacles they encounter and this book can act as an example of perseverance and patience.

My favorite part is the last chapter. There was a lot of honesty and believability that allowed me to connect with the story one last time before the ending. It was a happy ending that wasn’t too much like a fairytale; sincere and without the sugar coating most gay romances are left with.

As always, here’s a link to Amazon so you can read further reviews. I know a lot of you have already read it so leave your 2 cents in the comments below!

About Will

Will is a recent graduate from Florida State University and transplant to Los Angeles who makes the occasional video on YouTube documenting his life with his fiancé and German Shepherd.
  • AlexLau4

    I’m glad you reviewed this because I was just thinking about getting it!

  • Matthew Dubois

    Thanks for the review, I think I’ll read it myself! I read “Call me by your name” by André Aciman as recommended by you, and I absolutely loved it!! It was my first ever gay romance novel, as I’ve only been out for about a year, and I really got enthralled by it. Thanks!

  • Kai Tay

    Yesh, i want to read this book so badly and have been searching for it in my neighbourhood bookstore, but it seems that all the bookstore ive been searching for doesn’t seems to be selling Don’t Let Me Go. I guess its becasue such book is not allowed to sell in my country.
    P.S I am from a muslim country and if you’re found gay, you will be sentence 20 years behind the bars or fine.

  • Tina Marie

    I loved this and JH Trumble’s two other novels. I don’t know how she gets inside the heads of young gay men, but she is amazing at it. So glad you liked it!

  • MarkA440

    I literally read this book in one sitting … I just could not put it down. I was very hesitant to read this as many other gay romance novels involving teens just don’t interest me; however, I’m really glad I gave it a shot! The book was very well written, and I really appreciate it’s real-ness. I found myself smiling, laughing, crying, angry, and sad following the story of Adam and Nate. I think I was about to punch someone after Chapter 36 ….. it was not pretty ….. haha :) Thanks for the suggestion, Will! Hopefully some more of us can find other quality gay romance to read too!

  • Hannah de Groot

    I’ll definitely check this out! I read Call Me by Your Name last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s one of those books my mind just keeps drifting back to especially surrounding goodbyes and “later.” Also, and this is going way way back to your “Summer 15″ reading reccs, but you’re the reason I read Invisible Monsters a few years ago – which I also loved – so thank you!!!

  • http://shawnmueller.tumblr.com/ Shawn Mueller

    Let me just start out by thanking you once again for reviewing my suggestion, Will. Like many others have stated, I too could not put this book down when I first started to read it. Trumble made the characters so relatable and I found myself applying my own relationship (As one that is long distance for the majority of the time), to this story. Trumble definitely shed light on the vast amount of trust and communication that any relationship must possess in order to effectively work, which my boyfriend and I find ourselves striving to keep that open communication apparent. I’m really glad you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading other books that you have reviewed. I will make sure to leave some suggestions for you if I find one that I think will strike your interest.

    - Much Love,
    Shawn

  • Jacob Stockwell

    i was reading the book and as i got further into the book i was like “i don’t know if i can continue reading this”(because of all the sadness and drama) but this book is a good read and will put you in one big roller coaster of emotions but like Will said it has a happy ending :)

  • Mickey Kieu

    I read the book about a month ago, and I don’t know if I like it.

    I’ve never been much of a person for bildungsromans—adolescent dramas, erratic behavior, emotionally overt characters. . . . Though, I did LOVE Call Me By Your Name (and every other book by André Aciman), and Call Me By Your Name is filled with emotions experienced (presumably) by a teenager. But in it I feel the presence of a fuller, more developed, more paralyzing, more—human human being. Don’t Let Me Go, likewise, is less (ornately) developed, less “language-y,” less conspicuously and obtrusively strong. It’s a lighter reading in almost every way and reminds me very much of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. That’s just me, though. I’m a wannabe English major, and words just—they do it for me. The stronger, more tasty, more evocative the book the better.

    Anyways, since you finished Don’t Let Me Go, another great book in my opinion is Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker. It’s a stunning book written almost two decades ago that escapes beyond the lines of sexuality and moves to explore a more ubiquitous, relatable relationship between the reader and the writer. It does take the premise of homosexuality and treat it with a sobriety that is worthy of the subject at hand, but it also raises a number of questions that English majors (RJ, yeah?) as well as others are I think bound to share some interest in.

    Oh and, on another non-bookish note, I recently made a friend who also watches your channel. And I don’t know how many people have said this to you already, but I think your videos make a real difference in his life. He’s 18, closeted, living in a conservative family, and you’re one of the few reasons he’s keeping it going after all this time. So, on his behalf, thank you!

    Much love,
    Mickey

  • Hunter

    This is what I plan to read next! I just finished What’s Not Broken by DJ Parker, and I highly recommend it. It’s a gay coming-of-age romance that takes place in the Bible Belt. I think you would really enjoy it just as much as I did. :)

  • Adam Khan

    So having just about made it through 75% of this book, I think its absolutely brilliant. As a gay man of Pakistani origin called Adam, this book resonated a huge amount with me. The way the main characters interact is so lifelike, so personally intimate that it felt like I WAS Nate.

    I’ve pretty much devoured the book on the train from London to Edinburgh today, and I was completely invested in the main characters’ relationship by the time my journey finished. This is definitely a boom I’ll be recommending to my friends.

    Thanks Will!

  • Starr Dragonheart

    Thanks to you, Will, I have a huge stack of books waiting on my nightstand! I guess I will have to add this to the tower…
    Thanks for the thoughtful reviews!

  • http://pointlessmeanings.tumblr.com Ethan Jay

    Hey Will! I ordered Don’t let me go about a month ago and i have been tearing through all the other books i needed to read so i could read this one. When i finally did it took me about two days in between schoolwork etc. When i finished the book i cried my eyes out. The way Trumble wrote the characters was so real and relatable and it made the ending so much more amazing. I’m so glad that you suggested this because it’s really hard to find a gay romance novel that isn’t stereotypical or just badly written. I really do appreciate the review. Thank you so much!

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