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‘Don’t Let Me Go’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken from page 215 of my printed copy.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

“I think we should put off the meeting,” Rayleen said. “In case your mom gets upset. I don’t think we should be sitting here with the doors open after Yolanda has this little talk with her. Besides, we lost Billy again.”

“Look Billy. Do you want to just do the easy thing, because it’s what you always do? Or do you want to shine?”

As the book was a competition win, this print copy was donated and sent to me by the organiser, Nikki-Ann at ‘Notes Of Life’ .

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Naida,

      This is turning into a great story, yet, I would imagine, represents all too poignantly, an emotional scenario which is being played out in many places all across the developed world today.

      I don’t want to give away any more ‘spoilers’ than that, but I am sure that this is a book you would enjoy a lot.

      Thanks, as always, for the visit and comment, I hope that you everything is okay with you.

    • Hi Vonnie,

      I haven’t quite got to the page where my teaser lines are taken from yet, so I am not too sure where we are in the story. Suffice to say that, given Billy’s background, he sounds to be way out of his depth and having to make a life-changing decision of some kind!

      This really is an outstanding story so far and I am so glad to have finally discovered Catherine Ryan Hyde as an author to follow.

      Thanks for stopping by today, it is always great to ‘meet’ new people and discover what others are reading. Your visits and comments are always welcome.

    • Hi Tracy,

      When I entered and won the giveaway for this book, it was the first time that I had come across the author.

      Many fellow bloggers recognise Catherine from possibly the most well known of her books, ‘Pay It Forward’ and the subsequent film of the same name, although I am shamed to say that I had heard of neither.

      I am so totally engrossed in ‘Don’t Let me Go’, that I just know that I shall be reading more of Catherine’s novels and if either of your relatives do have a copy of the book, grab it with both hands … it’s great!

      I hope that al is well with you, thanks for joining in my Teaser Tuesday.

    • Hi Sandra,

      I’m almost up to that part of the book now, although as yet, Billy’s dilemma hasn’t become completely clear and he still doesn’t seem to be faced with any (for him), life changing decisions.

      From the way his character has been portrayed to date, it would be almost certain that he would ‘bottle out’ of doing anything momentous, although his growing confidence as he realises that the world outside his front door isn’t all bad or frightening, may just persuade him that a friend’s plight is cause enough for him to rethink his actions?

      I can’t wait to find out!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I still haven’t quite got to that point in the book, but from the general direction the story is heading, I think that Billy, who has many problems integrating into ‘normal’ society, is going to need to make some tough choices, which are going to take him well out of his comfort zone, although which may actually turn out to be the saving of him in the long run.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I am loving the book so far, however my reading time is painfully restricted and slow right now, so I am still not very far through it.

      The book is so beautifully character driven, with each person having such distinctive personalities, which makes Billy so pivotal to the story as a whole.

      I hope that Catherine lets me into Billy’s secret past, which has caused his extreme behaviour patterns and phobia’s. I do, hope that whatever is occurring at this particular point in the story, does force Billy to live up to the surname he has adopted and ‘Shine’, because if and when he finally does reacquaint himself with the world outside his apartment, then I think that I shall see a completely different, much more confident personality emerge.

      Thanks for introducing me to this great author and for taking the time to stop by and comment, it is much appreciated.

    • Hi Lady In Red,

      Thank you for choosing to stop by Fiction Books today, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people, your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

      I do so agree, that it is all too easy for us to take the easy way out of something, whether it simply be a matter of cutting corners when doing a job, avoiding what we know to be the right thing in a given situation, or simply taking that extra bit of time to help out someone who needs some support.

      Shining doesn’t always mean getting yourself noticed or recognised for the things you do, it just means knowing inside, that you have done your best to do the right thing.

      I am not sure yet, just what Billy’s challenge is going to be, however, given the nature of his character to date, it might be something quite momentous and meaningful, both for him personally and for his new found friends and neighbours!

    • Hi Diane,

      There are so many fellow bloggers and readers out there, who have read and clearly enjoyed Catherine’s writing, that I am only sorry that it has taken me this long to discover her for myself.

      So far ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ has been a real page turner, which I have hated having to put down, for mundane things such as work! I can certainly recommend you read this one if you ever get the chance.

      Catherine is an author that I shall definitely be coming back to, again and again!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always welcome.

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