Review- Never Let Me Go

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Goodreads Summary– As a child, Kathy – now thirty-one years old – lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.

And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now.


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There is no denying that Kazuo Ishiguro is a talented writer. I was completely enraptured by his story telling. I adored the way that he weaved the story and slowly let the reader figure out for themselves what is happening.

The Characters

All of the characters are very complex, flawed, and dynamic. I appreciated the fact that although we follow the perspective of only one character, we really get a lot of insight in to the people that surround her as well. These are characters that I am invested in, and they felt like real people.


It has been a long time since I read a book that had me asking myself so many ethical and moral questions. There are a lot of insights about what it means to be human, and how we are often willing to turn a blind eye to things that we may think are wrong if it means saving a loved one or ourselves.


If a book is atmospheric, then I am more likely to enjoy it and connect to it. There are few books that are more atmospheric than Never Let Me Go. I had this odd feeling the entire time I was reading it. It was almost like I was living the story and trying to put all of the pieces together. The world and the events that are occurring are completely believable, which adds a level of eeriness to the book.

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I do not know that I truly bought in to the romance. I always saw the two of them as friends, and I almost felt like they were forcing the romance for reasons that I cannot explain without spoiling the book.

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“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”

“You have to accept that sometimes that’s how things happen in this world. People’s opinions, their feelings, they go one way, then the other. It just so happens you grew up at a certain point in this process.”

“All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.”


Never Let Me Go deserves all of the hype and awards that it has received. This book is in my mind a masterpiece and truly brilliant. I can not wait to read all of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels. Have you read Never Let Me Go? What did you think? Which of his books should I read next?kkbLogo

18 thoughts on “Review- Never Let Me Go

  1. That is a bad-ass review perfect for that novel! I read it a few years ago and it just broke my heart, it was so perfect, the story-telling, the story itself, the detachment, the horrible humans can be…
    But I loved it ♥

      1. Yeah, I love any book that will make me feel something, even if it’s disgusted. And I would love to read more on this author ♥

  2. Ah yay I’m so glad you loved this, it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I know what you mean about the romance sort of being forced, I actually have a feeling that element would bother me more now than the other times I’ve read it… but anyway, wonderful review, I always love seeing people discover this book.

  3. So glad you enjoyed this book! Ishiguro is such a talented writer and knows how to engage readers even with less exciting themes as seen in The Remains of the Day. I did enjoy the romance though, I thought Tommy and Cathy suited each other to a tee especially if you watch the film and see how they were together as kids… so adorable!
    Excellent choices with the selected quotes.

  4. This sounds like a gorgeous book… and I absolutely love books that make you think about morals, though I do think that reading too many of those books can be exhausting (which I’m doing right now 😆). I’m definitely shelving Never Let Me Go to read soon at a later time tho — I enjoyed reading your review! 😋

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