Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Craig is hurting. His animals, the animals that he loves and takes care of, has escaped from his house; they could be sick or worse. His boyfriend (is he even his boyfriend anymore?) left and won't return his emails. He struggles to get along with his parents and brother. Lio is hurting. His mother walked out on the family and Lio doesn't understand how she could do that. He misses New York and hates living in the Washington D.C. area. He doesn't like to talk, not even to his therapist. Craig and Lio have formed a kind of friendship that might lead to more, if either of them want it. And if either of them is ready for it.

Set in the shadow of 9/11 and during the nightmare of the Beltway sniper, it's amazing how something so recent can feel like it's coming from a completely different time. Can something set 10 years ago qualify as historical fiction? The references to email and IM certainly help it. But it never feels dated, it feels authentic. Craig and Lio are two characters that I've never seen before in YA. They aren't defined by any one characteristic, quality, or event. They're on very different paths but I found myself really hoping that those paths would converge. This is definitely a book worth checking out.

Check out Hanna Moskowitz's website.

I received an advance review copy from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
We All Fall Down by Eric Walters

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