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In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer.

It's a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge and trying to make sense of these random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives.

Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him...and if he’ll do it again...and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody.

Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable...and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.

This intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer is a poignant look at what it is to feel needed, connected, and alive.

Topics: LGBTQ, Gay Characters, Poignant, Romantic, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Stand-Alone Novels, Cancer, September 11, First Person Narration, Multiple Perspectives, Grief, Trauma, Serial Killers, Death, Love Story, Paranoia, and 2000s

Published: Simon Pulse on Apr 17, 2012
ISBN: 9781442407541
List price: $9.99
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Actual Rating: 3.5 This is the first time that I've had to write two reviews for a book. I wasn't happy with the initial review that I wrote, plus I had so many thoughts about Gone, Gone, Gone that I missed in the original one, which is why I had to rewrite it. I had high expectations from Gone, Gone, Gone and I was super excited about reading it. When I started the book, I found it very hard to keep going on with it. But once I was thrown smack in the middle of it, it became un-put-downable and I read almost 75% of the novel in one sitting. I wanted to love it. I really did. It isn't that the book didn't meet my high expectations, it's just that it wasn't as powerful and impacting as I thought it'd be. That does not mean that I didn't like the book, because honestly, I really liked it and it was a really really good book. Most stories revolving around 9/11 are very moving and emotional. I expected Gone, Gone, Gone to be more emotionally empowering, but it didn't go there with me. It is more of an eye-opener and puts the facts out straight. It is about the statistical and practical scenario after the devastating attack on US in 2000. Craig is heart-broken and torn between waiting for his ex-boyfriend Cody or just moving on. He has this crazy obsession with animals and has so many of them as pets, until one day, after a burglary in his house, his pets free themselves and he goes out to find them one by one. It was beautiful reading about his attachment with these animals and the cute names he gave them. I loved Craig's family, which was close-knit.Lio was my favourite character. He's the tortured hero here. There are so many things going on with him that makes you feel bad for him. His mom leaves their family, his twin brother, Theodore dies and his family is literally all over the place. I loved his relationship with his dad and he was an amazing brother to all his sisters. His point of view was simply astounding and I was so happy to see that the book ended with Lio's POV. There were many secondary characters in Gone, Gone, Gone who really shined in the book and gave it a strong base. I loved the two fifteen year old protagonists, Craig and Lio. They seemed very mature for their age, but I suppose that being witness to acts of terrorism makes you grow faster, emotionally and mentally. They were mature, complex and very likable The emails and IMs between Craig and Lio were absolutely crazy and it made me think if fifteen year olds write that way, but oh well... it was good reading it and that's what matters. I really liked the fact they were sure and open about their sexual orientation and how easy their relationship seemed when it was actually pretty messed up. I think this is where author Hannah Moskowitz deserves a huge round of applause for putting raw emotions and thoughts just the way they are, without any filtration. Craig and Lio share an amazing relationship and it was wonderful reading about it. I loved how they met, got to know each other, shared their deepest secrets, strived towards making their relationship work and how they were just together.Hannah Moskowitz has written a fast paced and action packed book with great emotion, power, love and friendship and that's what makes Gone, Gone, Gone a really good read.read more
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This was an interesting book. It was very thought-provoking for a young adult story. The romance was very real although every time it said the boys were fifteen, that did seem too young for me. But the book went beyond just romance. Craig and Lio's lives and their reactions to their lives were very real. And their struggle to decide if one tragedy is worse than another (in this case, were the towers worse than the Pentagon). Is it just numbers and statistics or isn't there something more to life and people's mortality? I enjoyed the point Moskowitz made. The book is well paced so it's not a long read. The format takes a few pages to get use to but it does hold some power. There could have been some more development in a few parts, like with Craig's ex-boyfriend. But by developing that, Moskowitz would have had to develop other parts and that would have made the book longer so perhaps that is why. For a young adult novel, it was pretty good.read more
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Beautiful story. Beautiful characters. I have no words to describe what this book is doing to my heart. A book that should be read by everyone. Everyone.read more
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At first I thought that there was something wrong with Craig, besides his depression/obsession with animals. Something about his voice, it didn't sound like an authentic teen, but as the book went on, I either got used to it, or it fit the character more than I am giving it credit for. While there are some differences in the voice of Craig and Lio, I got confused at whose perspective it was from. I know that each had unique problems and quirks, so I had to look for those cues rather than the voice style. I appreciated that these books talked a lot about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as an event I really didn't know about--the sniper shootings. This is an event that effects us all, but I really haven't read much that takes a perspective of someone who lost a loved one in 9/11. I also liked the theme of every life lost deserves to be honored, and the struggle of is one loss worth less than the loss of many? She did the love stories in this one really well. I didn't feel like it was shoved in my face that this is a gay couple, it just seemed natural. I enjoyed Hannah's other books more than this one, but I liked this one nevertheless.read more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 This is the first time that I've had to write two reviews for a book. I wasn't happy with the initial review that I wrote, plus I had so many thoughts about Gone, Gone, Gone that I missed in the original one, which is why I had to rewrite it. I had high expectations from Gone, Gone, Gone and I was super excited about reading it. When I started the book, I found it very hard to keep going on with it. But once I was thrown smack in the middle of it, it became un-put-downable and I read almost 75% of the novel in one sitting. I wanted to love it. I really did. It isn't that the book didn't meet my high expectations, it's just that it wasn't as powerful and impacting as I thought it'd be. That does not mean that I didn't like the book, because honestly, I really liked it and it was a really really good book. Most stories revolving around 9/11 are very moving and emotional. I expected Gone, Gone, Gone to be more emotionally empowering, but it didn't go there with me. It is more of an eye-opener and puts the facts out straight. It is about the statistical and practical scenario after the devastating attack on US in 2000. Craig is heart-broken and torn between waiting for his ex-boyfriend Cody or just moving on. He has this crazy obsession with animals and has so many of them as pets, until one day, after a burglary in his house, his pets free themselves and he goes out to find them one by one. It was beautiful reading about his attachment with these animals and the cute names he gave them. I loved Craig's family, which was close-knit.Lio was my favourite character. He's the tortured hero here. There are so many things going on with him that makes you feel bad for him. His mom leaves their family, his twin brother, Theodore dies and his family is literally all over the place. I loved his relationship with his dad and he was an amazing brother to all his sisters. His point of view was simply astounding and I was so happy to see that the book ended with Lio's POV. There were many secondary characters in Gone, Gone, Gone who really shined in the book and gave it a strong base. I loved the two fifteen year old protagonists, Craig and Lio. They seemed very mature for their age, but I suppose that being witness to acts of terrorism makes you grow faster, emotionally and mentally. They were mature, complex and very likable The emails and IMs between Craig and Lio were absolutely crazy and it made me think if fifteen year olds write that way, but oh well... it was good reading it and that's what matters. I really liked the fact they were sure and open about their sexual orientation and how easy their relationship seemed when it was actually pretty messed up. I think this is where author Hannah Moskowitz deserves a huge round of applause for putting raw emotions and thoughts just the way they are, without any filtration. Craig and Lio share an amazing relationship and it was wonderful reading about it. I loved how they met, got to know each other, shared their deepest secrets, strived towards making their relationship work and how they were just together.Hannah Moskowitz has written a fast paced and action packed book with great emotion, power, love and friendship and that's what makes Gone, Gone, Gone a really good read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was an interesting book. It was very thought-provoking for a young adult story. The romance was very real although every time it said the boys were fifteen, that did seem too young for me. But the book went beyond just romance. Craig and Lio's lives and their reactions to their lives were very real. And their struggle to decide if one tragedy is worse than another (in this case, were the towers worse than the Pentagon). Is it just numbers and statistics or isn't there something more to life and people's mortality? I enjoyed the point Moskowitz made. The book is well paced so it's not a long read. The format takes a few pages to get use to but it does hold some power. There could have been some more development in a few parts, like with Craig's ex-boyfriend. But by developing that, Moskowitz would have had to develop other parts and that would have made the book longer so perhaps that is why. For a young adult novel, it was pretty good.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Beautiful story. Beautiful characters. I have no words to describe what this book is doing to my heart. A book that should be read by everyone. Everyone.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
At first I thought that there was something wrong with Craig, besides his depression/obsession with animals. Something about his voice, it didn't sound like an authentic teen, but as the book went on, I either got used to it, or it fit the character more than I am giving it credit for. While there are some differences in the voice of Craig and Lio, I got confused at whose perspective it was from. I know that each had unique problems and quirks, so I had to look for those cues rather than the voice style. I appreciated that these books talked a lot about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as an event I really didn't know about--the sniper shootings. This is an event that effects us all, but I really haven't read much that takes a perspective of someone who lost a loved one in 9/11. I also liked the theme of every life lost deserves to be honored, and the struggle of is one loss worth less than the loss of many? She did the love stories in this one really well. I didn't feel like it was shoved in my face that this is a gay couple, it just seemed natural. I enjoyed Hannah's other books more than this one, but I liked this one nevertheless.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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