Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro                                          Knopf, January 2005

Disclosure: I purchased this book.

This is the story of Kathy, who after meeting two friends from long ago, reminisces on her time growing up.  She spent her childhood at an elite boarding school called Hailsham.  At this school, located in the beautiful English countryside, the students grew up fairly normal.  But unlike most students they were not studying for college, but for a life that is literally used to serve others.

I had really mixed feelings about this book, if I’m being honest.  It was highly recommended by multiple online and real-life sources to me.  And the story is definitely compelling, but it just did not resonate in a huge way.

Pros: intriguing story line, likable main character, great setting

Cons: slow-to-build story (too slow for me), figuring out the “secret” of the story far too early, didn’t love the ending.

While I don’t think this was a bad book at all, it was not one I would highly recommend.  But what I will say is that it’s an interesting plot and would give a book club a lot to talk about.  So while I would wait to buy the book in paperback, a lot of people on the internet would disagree.  That’s the great thing about books, there’s something out there for everyone and what works for one person doesn’t have to for the next.

Have you read this book?  If so, what did you think about it?


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"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” -Elizabeth Hardwick
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One Response to Review: Never Let Me Go

  1. Kim Frantz says:

    Great review on this one Momma. But I’m Really looking forward to your thoughts on The Discovery of Witches…which I’ve been plugging through.

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