Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Cannonball Read V: Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde

By webelos8 | Book Reviews | June 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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In Don't Let Me Go, a building in Los Angeles is home to a group of residents: Billy, agoraphobic former Broadway dancer, who hasn't left his apartment in a decade; Rayleen, a manicurist; Ms. Hinman, the elderly lady who lives on the top floor; Mr. Lafferty, general all around unpleasant person; Felipe, a young man who lives by himself; and Grace, the 9-year-old daughter of an addict.

When Billy sees Grace sitting outside on the front stoop for hours at a time, he finally gathers the courage to crawl out, literally, crawl, out to his small porch and ask what she's doing out there, why she doesn't sit inside. She answers "If I sit inside, then no one will know I'm in trouble."

What follows is a story, told in Billy's perspective alternating with Grace's, about how these building residents, strangers, really, come together to help a little girl they don't really know. Through her mother's addictions, relapses, clean periods, and more relapsing, we find out more about Grace, more about Billy, and how she helps him while he's helping her; and what happens when Grace's mother finally sobers up for good (not good).

Although this book has its moments where you just want to rage, overall, this book was fantastic. I've not read any of Hyde's other books, but I will make it a point to do so.

This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read V. Read all about it , and find more of webelos8's reviews on the group blog.

(Note: Any revenue generated from purchases made through the amazon.com affiliate links in this review will be donated in entirety to the American Cancer Society.)





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