Seventeen-year-old Luke Chesser is trying to forget his spectacular failure of a love life. He practices marching band moves for hours in the hot Texas sun, deals with his disapproving father, and slyly checks out the new band field tech, Curtis Cameron. Before long, Luke is falling harder than he knew he could. And this time, he intends to play it right.
Since testing positive for HIV, Curtis has careened between numbness and fear. Too ashamed to tell anyone, Curtis can't possibly act on his feelings. And Luke--impulsive, funny, and more tempting than he realizes--won't take a hint. Even when Curtis distances himself it backfires, leaving him with no idea how to protect Luke from the truth.
Confronting a sensitive topic with candor and aplomb, acclaimed author J. H. Trumble renders a modern love story as sweet, sharp, and messy as the real thing, where easy answers are elusive, and sometimes the only impossible thing is to walk away.
Praise For J. H. Trumble's Don't Let Me Go
"A sexy, vibrant, and heartfelt debut." --Martin Wilson, award-winning author of What They Always Tell Us
"Deeply moving. . .will be appreciated by adults and teens alike." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A charming story. Trumble's love for the characters is evident on every page, and it's contagious." --Robin Reardon, author of A Secret Edge
Trumble explores the bittersweet extremes of young love in this heartwarming, heart-wrenching companion to Don't Let Me Go and Where You Are. After a wild, unsatisfying first year at the University of Texas exploring his sexuality by sleeping around, Curtis Cameron comes home for a summer as a high school marching camp field tech. Luke Chesser is a clarinet-playing high school junior who's recovering from the fallout of his first relationship and dealing with the pain of his father's homophobia. Their burgeoning romance is threatened by a shocking phone call Curtis receives from an old fling who's HIV-positive. Terrified to get tested, worried about disappointing his supportive family, and finally finding he has the disease, Curtis hovers on the edge of self-destruction, leaving Luke desperate to salvage their relationship. Trumble has a talent for creating characters who are sympathetic despite their flaws, and fans of the preceding books will devour this one.