Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn't sit inside where it's safe. Her answer: "If I sit inside, then nobody will know I'm in trouble. And then nobody will help me." Her answer changes everything.
By the bestselling author of When You Were Older and Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.
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About the Author
Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture and translated into twenty-three languages. Hyde is the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
For more information, please visit catherineryanhyde.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is by the same author as "Pay It Forward". I gather that she focuses on the opportunities most people have to connect with others in ways that help them both which are usually missed in our busy society. In this book, a young girl who is all but abandoned by her drug-addicted mother connects her isolated neighbors in ways that enrich them all. Honestly, we don't get to know most of them all that well, although we find out what particular incidents have isolated them. We do get to know Billy (her agoraphobic neighbor) well, since he is one of the narrators of the story. I loved the unlikely ways that they found to connect with a 10 year old girl....especially teaching her to tap dance. This is a very "lite" story, in many ways, but it manages to be heartwarming just the same.
As an agoraphobic, Billy Shine looks out at the world from within his small apartment. He sees his neighbors come in and leave the apartment building but doesn't interact with them. But all that changes the day he notices 9 year old Grace sitting out on the steps all by herself. He inches his patio door open and when he asks her why she's sitting out there, she answers; ¿If I sit inside, then nobody will know I¿m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.¿ In this apartment building of lonely tenants who usually hide behind their doors and make no effort to socialize, things start to change after Grace decides to take matters into her own hands ... with the help of those who live around her. Grace lives with her mother, a drug addict more in love with her pills and powders than with her own daughter. It's an incredible story of how a little girl manages to bring out the secret stories her neighbors hide behind their doors, face their fears and make attempts to address them, some more successfully than others, but more importantly, all gradually opening their own doors, stepping out and helping one another, even with problems they had thought to be insurmountable.
Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a phenomenal book. It showed up in one of my discounted eBooks emails one day. The description sounded pretty good and it was on sale that day so I thought, "What the heck, I'll try it". I'm really glad that I did! It was a fantastic book about 9-year-old Grace (some editions seem to list her as 10, but the one I have said 9) and the struggles she faces as well as how she pulls together everyone in her apartment building, including Billy, a former Broadway dancer, who is now agoraphobic. I found the characters to be incredibly realistic and full of life. Grace is a beautiful, thoughtful child in a bad situation. Her mother is a sometimes-recovering addict, emphasis on 'sometimes', which leads her to be sitting on the front steps waiting for someone to rescue her. Enter in Billy, the former dancer, who hasn't been out of his apartment in 10 years. He sees Grace sitting there every day and finally ventures out to the patio just outside his apartment to inquire after her. Her answers change everything. The two strike up an unlikely friendship which changes both their lives. While all of the apartment building members are part of this story, Grace and Billy are the main focus of the story so you don't learn a lot about the others, but they're all great secondary characters though. The settings are "just right" for me. There's enough description so I can see the setting in my head and make up the difference in my imagination. That's "just right" to me. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good book! I couldn't put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
I really enjoyed this story. Ms. Hyde's writing is always so vivid, she really brings her characters to life. She is one of the few authors that I've read that can bring depth to her characters. I love that all of them have their "flaws" in life. Every character has their own inner turmoil to deal with. I appreciate these aspects of her characters because it makes them more real. Everyone has their own demons to deal with in life. They have their own past and is either struggling with it or has learned and moved on. That's why I love Hyde's books, her characters are very real. I love that her stories involve people that aren't related coming together as family. Call me cheesy or maybe just an optimist, but it gives me hope that there are people out there who can actually care about others and accept them as family depending on the situations. The only reason I only gave this four stars was because there were parts that were a little slow in the story. I would highly recommend this story if you want to read a coming of age drama.
Awesome story! Should be another movie!!