Mini Review: Never Let Me Go

Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy slowly reveal their secrets in the strange, thought-provoking novel Never Let Me Go. | A book review by NewberyandBeyond.com
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As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. (Summary via Goodreads.com)

This book was not at all what I expected. It started out with an idyllic childhood at Hailsham, where Kathy and her friends Ruth and Tommy were at boarding school. But as the book goes on, you can see that there is something else going on in their lives–a secret that only now that the three friends are adults can they truly understand. I won’t reveal what the secret is for fear of spoilers, but I will say that it ended up being more sci fi related, instead of the relational drama I was expecting.

Never Let Me Go is a book that will definitely make you think, but it just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because I was expecting a totally different kind of book; maybe it’s because I hated several of the characters (fortunately, our narrator Kathy is not nearly as irritating as some of the other characters). Whatever the reason, this just wasn’t the book for me.

Rating: Meh

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

  • Katherine Koba

    This one is a book that was definitely spoiled by the hype and even the publisher, I feel like. What was treated like a matter of fact plot point by reviewers and critics is actually presented as a huge twist *in the story itself* (and is exactly the spoiler you’re avoiding in the OP), so if you heard anything about the book going into it, it was already spoiled for you. Never mind that the idea has been done before, if somewhat inadequately, by schlocky movies like “Parts: The Clonus Horror” or, more recently, “The Island.”

    • So true! I think the over-hyping of this book definitely made it less enjoyable for me.

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