Don't Let Me Go
by Jamila Mikhail
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2018
On top of battling the normal teenage angst that everyone goes through, Joanie is also reeling from her parents’ bitter divorce and having to cope with her mother’s new boyfriend and father’s new family. Alone in a new town and without friends, she turns to passing the time by indulging in her longtime hobby of making toy models of soldiers and is both amazed and shocked when one of them comes to life.
Despite her millions of unanswered questions and having to make sense of new mysteries every day Joanie comes to find a loyal and trustworthy companion in Adler, a lieutenant in the Wehrmacht and a member of the German Resistance during World War II who must also find a way to handle living in modern times on top of being invisible to most of the population.
The two of them will have to fight several battles on many fronts in both the physical world and unseen realms as they both try to comprehend Adler’s new existence and piece Joanie’s broken life back together.
Don't Let Me Go will be available for purchase in print and ebook formats upon its release.
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Average rating from 17 members
Great quick read, deals with hard topics facing young people in an inspiring and uplifting way. A little fantasy, a little mystery and a little history it was fun to read.
Joanie is a 13 year old girl who's going through some pretty hard times after her parents divorce. She lives with her mom, step dad and step brother. Her step dad Mike isn't a great guy and Joanie feels lost and alone.
She spends her time making dolls. Soldiers to be exact.
When she's having a really hard time, her soldier Adler, comes to life. No one can see him but her.
This book can get a little dark at times and deals with some big issues. At the same time the author instills alot of hope and wisdom.
There is also a lot of History and Science going on. I love History but Science was my worst subject in school even though I find it fascinating. A few things might of gone over my head, but, they were so interesting I'll be looking them up now.
The end surprised me. For a min I sat there like what?! Then it all came together and it was pretty amazing.
I'm not going to lie. When I first started this wasn't sure I was going to like it. I was wrong. Really wrong. I enjoyed it.
I received a copy of this from NetGalley for an honest review.
Don't Let Me Go is probably the most unusual book I've read this year and I think I'm still getting my ahead around the meaning behind it.
We follow the story of Joanie, a teenage girl with family and school problems, and her 'keeper', Alder. Through the telling of the story, Alder helps Joanie to explore her feelings and address her problems rather than running away from them.
The book tackles issues of mental health, friendship, family, spirituality, and domestic abuse. I think it would serve as an uplifting book for YAs who are maybe struggling through their teenage years. There is an exploration of spirituality and religion, which I admit to struggling with somewhat, but I tried to stay as open-minded as possible.
My only criticism is that I found the adoration between Joanie and Adler a bit repetitive, and that it did not add a great deal to the telling of the story.
I otherwise enjoyed the story, and aimed at the right audience, I think it will be a popular book.
Many thanks to BookBuzz.net and NetGalley for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.