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Don't Let Me Go [Paperback]

Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Book Description

29 Sep 2011

Sometimes a child knows better...


Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. And there's only so long Grace can fend off the 'woman from the county' who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is...


Grown-man Billy Shine hasn't been out of his apartment for years. People scare him, and the outside world scares him even more. Day in, day out, he lives a perfectly orchestrated silent life within his four walls. Until now. . .


Grace bursts into Billy's life with a loud voice and a brave plan to get her mum clean. And it won't be easy, because they will have to confiscate the one thing her mum holds most dear . . . they will have to kidnap Grace.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055277667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776677
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 16 novels including Pay it Forward (which was made into a feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt), Love in the Present Tense (a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller), Chasing Windmills, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Hardest Part of Love, Don't Let Me Go, and the forthcoming When You Were Older.

For more information on Catherine Ryan Hyde and her books, see her website at And while you're there, click on "Contact Me" and drop a line to the author, who loves to hear from readers!

Catherine lives in a very small town in California.

She also writes Young Adult novels that are completely suitable for grown-ups, and which her adult readers tend to enjoy as well. They include Becoming Chloe, The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance, The Day I Killed James, Diary of a Witness, and Jumpstart the World.

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"Original and wonderful" (Sun)

"With a host of loveable characters, fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy the turbulent but ultimately uplifting story" (Big Issue)

"I was hooked... there are some laugh-out-loud antics... an excellent read" (New Books)

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The compelling, emotionally charged and heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author of Love in the Present Tense. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Read 12 Oct 2011
Don't Let Me Go is set in LA, where 10 year old Grace lives with her drug addict mum in a run down area. The inhabitants of her appartment block are folk who keep themselves to themselves, not wishing to engage in a neighbourly way (par for the course these days!). When Grace is in danger of being taken into care, she decides to enlist the help of this motley crew to get her mum clean but how can she break down emotional barriers which her neighbours have taken a lifetime to build?

This book really surprised me as I initially thought I'd find it too saccharine - lilac coloured covers tend to influence me, in a negative way! I also thought that Grace would be an overbearing, irritating character who would drive me mad. So much for first impressions....within a few pages, I was hooked and dragged headfirst into the story. Each and every character is fully fleshed and each one has their own foibles and flaws, just like the rest of us. It's more than the story of Grace and her crusade, it's about their own personal battles. Billy Shine, reclusive on a par with Howard Hughes, gradually emerges from his shell. Rayleen, who has had her own history with child protection, knows that she and her neighbours are Grace's last hope but it won't be an easy ride.

Don't Let Me Go is an extremely readable, colourful, feel-good tale which will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside without overdosing on the twee factor. A perfect antidote to the dark Autumn evenings!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let THIS go! 27 Sep 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Initially, I struggled to really get a feel for Don't Let Me Go. However, after 10 or so pages, once I'd bedded myself in, I got lost in the book. It's the kind of novel that makes you think. It's the kind of novel that makes you happy. I know that probably sounds strange - after all, Grace is living with a drug-addicted mother so her life is hardly a bed of roses, and then there's Billy Shine who's never left his apartment for over 12 years. But the spirit of the novel and the way it's written is just amazing. I felt as if I was a part of the block of apartments where Grace lived, where Billy lived, where Rayleen, Felipe and Mrs Hinman lived.

The community spirit and the way in which Grace changes her neighbours lives made me smile. Grace is the most boisterous and fun-loving 10-year-old you'll ever fictionally meet. Despite the fact her life isn't perfect, she makes the best of it. She's clever, she's brave and she's infectious. The way she inveigles herself into the lives of her neighbours, mostly Billy, but also Rayleen Felipe and Mrs Hinman is something to behold. It goes to show that four total strangers can band together to try and help a kid not end up another statistic in the system. Because there are genuinely people like that in the world and it's spirit like that that makes you believe there is good in a world that's continually filled with bad. Grace really made the book. She just bowls everyone else away and she's like the Tasmanian Devil the way she asserts herself and knows exactly what she has to do to get her mum clean.

The characters in Don't Let Me Go are amazing. I adored Grace. Seriously. Man, I want a kid like that. To make the best of a bad situation, to ask Billy to teach her to dance, to ask Felipe to teach her Spanish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A thought provoking story - How many of us really know our neighbours? It takes one small child in trouble to bring her neighbours together, united in their desire to stop the child being taken into care. I really enjoyed this story and it wasn't too sickly sweet. Definiately recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tale of friendship and love 24 Oct 2011
By Len
Loved this! A heartwarming tale of friendship and love. Love in all forms. The story depicts the goodness of humanity. That in each of us lies kindness, no matter who or what we are.

I loved the characters in this story. It's a feel-good book that would make you wish there was a Book 2. It's funny, soul-soothing...full of selflessness and compassion.

I am particularly impressed with how the author switched point of view from an adult to a 10-year old girl. I think it's brilliant!

I am now definitely a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 6 Jan 2012
By Lucy
This book was absolutely fantastic. I literally couldn't put it down and felt like I knew all of the characters like they were my friends. Their sorrows became mine, and their successes and achievements too. I read Don't Let Me Go yesterday, and I started missing it straight away. That's the problem with a good book - you can't wait to get to the end but when you do you wish you hadn't because, well, it's the end. I might have to read it again when my mum has read it! Anyway the point is if you appreciate a good book, then you have to read this one. Seriously, stop reading the reviews and order it. Now! Actually, I should stop writing reviews and go see what else Catherine Ryan Hyde has written...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not too sweet! 14 Nov 2011
By Daisy K
Format:Kindle Edition
A nice easy read, I really enjoyed it. A bit quirky and all the better for it. This is the second Catherine Ryan Hyde book I have read and I will now seek out a third.
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4.0 out of 5 stars light reading, 10 May 2014
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This book is a very nice, relaxing read. Arrived in good time, in very good condition. I've passed it on to family/friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of likeable characters and a great story too
My first novel by this author and will definately be reading more from her.
I loved this, the characters were so likeable and believable, the star of the story that brings... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mhughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was a lovely book and I would love to see it be made into a film. The friendship between Grace and Billy is just so cute and the plot is great. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KirstyJ
4.0 out of 5 stars "Remember how you said you'd always find me? Well, don't ever forget...
This was the first book I have read by Catherine, however, it definitely won't be the last!

I have never experienced so many different, thought provoking emotions whilst... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Fiction Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!
Catherine Ryan Hyde is now one of my favorite authors. The first book of hers that I read was When You Were Older. Read more
Published 18 months ago by W. Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Different!
This book is written by the main character, a 10 year old girl, and it gives the story a completely different slant. I enjoyed it so much, have ordered more from the same author. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. M. Dowson
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
A feel good book about a group of misfit neighbours that band together to take care of a little girl who's mother is addicted to drugs. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Kirsty
3.0 out of 5 stars didnt grip me
Book didnt grip me and to be honest havent got to the end even yet - not even compelled to skip to the end to find out what happens.
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Mabel Potts
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