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.
The 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.
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