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  • Writer's pictureJayna Newbold

First Book Review in 2019

Dear Hearts,

I plan to add a “Book Review” button to the Happy Heart Writer website soon; and will regularly post reviews (once per month, perhaps?).

For now, I will simply publish my latest review as a blog post.

But for now, this one ought to be enough to get all of your Happy Hearts pumping:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge and loss; and, not your everyday run-of-the-mill coming of age tale.

As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of temperamental cliques and mysterious rules. Teachers constantly reminded their charges of how special they were.

Years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have re-entered her life. For the first time, she begins to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them so special; and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day. “Elegiac, deceptively lovely . . .As always, Ishiguro pulls you under.”


“A Gothic tour de force . . .A tight, deftly controlled story . . . Just as accomplished [as The Remains of the Day] and, in a very different way, just as melancholy and alarming.”


Dear Hearts: I found this elegantly written story to be both disturbing and lovely all at the same time. I fell hard on the first page and remained intrigued throughout all two hundred and eighty four pages (5X8 paperback version). An easy read yet spellbinding to the point where the reader is instantly invested, I recommend you savor each character and chapter.

Although this is not a “four alarm tissue alert”, I did feel rather sad and morose throughout the entire reading experience. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. Once I was in, I instantly became all in.

Despite its tone and content, Never Let Me Go is a must-finish.

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