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2.58 of 5 stars 2.58  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  22 reviews
No more pity love for Connor, from aunts and neighbors, from missing mothers and fathers. From drunks. No, this time the real thing is his. He just has to take it. Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, known for "riveting" fiction (Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Target), digs deep into the heart of a forbidden relationship. Sometimes, she tells us, loneliness can send a boy down a...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press
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Connor, the 17-year-old protagonist of Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson’s YA novel, Gone, is straddling the fence between innocence and experience. He has just graduated from high school, lives with his Aunt Syl, and visits his father in a nursing home where he has been living ever since he crashed his car while driving drunk. His mother is also a recovering alcoholic. He is certainly vulnerable to the advances of Corinna Timms.

Ms. Timms was one of Connor’s high school teachers.

Zach…called Ms. Timms ser...more
This book is very naïve. Indeed, the sex scenes are completely laughable. The cover is enticing. The whole “A student. A teacher. Crossing the line.” thing. Dramatic but enticing. However, once I started reading, it was obvious that this book was a write-off. It’s very poorly written, and the plotline is naught. The characters are gross and annoying. The ending is pathetic. It’s all-around just really weak. Try and avoid it if you can.
17-year-old Connor isn't happy with his life (to be exact, he is two weeks away from being 18). He feels unloved and that his life is being brought down by his alcoholic parents; his father is institutionalized in a nursing home after an accident caused by his drinking and though his mother is seeking help to curb her drinking problem, Connor doesn't really trust her as there are times that she gives in to drinking again. With no one to rely on, Connor lives with his aunt and simply waiting for...more
This book was interesting, I liked it! I do believe the story was sort of lousy and weak in a way. I feel like that Connor was too naive to understand the circumstances. In a way, this book sort of reminded me of "Wide Sargasso Sea", how all Connor wanted was sex, their relationship was built on lust and sensuality. Connor didn't seem as distraught as I expected when his father died, it was odd - however it didn't seem that Connor loved his father enough to be capable of that sort of emotion. I...more
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Rory M.
Mar 14, 2009 Rory M. rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Sindi soto
First of this book is really cool knowing that its based on a student and a teacher.It all starts when Connor fell in love with ms.Timms. Connor fell in love with ms.Timms but yet he loved her because he thought she was so beutyfull he did not show his fellings for her. Also, ms.Timms did not show hers eather she started to like Connor but did not say eanything.Instead ms.Timms started to invite Connor and zash to go and have something iguess that was her way of getting near and talking to Conno...more
Nasty little book that plays on the interest in female teachers having sex with male students. This is a great example of everything that is wrong with the publishing industry, American culture, and the art of writing crap in exchange for money. Sadly, a lot of high school kids will have interest in this one. Let's just say, it isn't censorship when a library decides not to purchase a title because it lacks any kind of literary or cultural value. I'm convinced this one was written in a couple of...more
This book was really not that fabulous. The characters were pretty innocent for seniors in high school- I mean come on, I just ended sophomore year, and I'm much more mature than that. I think if the author had made it a bit longer, fleshed out more of a plot and connected us to the characters more, this book would've been better. But it was so short that I found I really didn't care about, nor understand, any of the characters whatsoever. Not recommended.
i honestly thought it was interesting. i mean the ending could've been better. i just wasn't expecting it. i knew it was going to be a student teacher love affair thing but i guess i just wanted the ending to be a little better. maybe i'm the type of person who just likes happy endings but i thought it would've been better if connor's plan with corinna would've worked.
Not that I was expecting a book about an almost-18-year-old having an affair with is former teacher to be an amazing story, but I wasn't expecting it to be as bad as it was. The affair part didn't bother me nearly as much as the sloppy writing and poorly developed plotline.
Feb 10, 2009 Nicole rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those with low (literary) standards
Shelves: ya
Terrible, as expected. I'm not offended by the subject matter (hell, I read _Teach Me_) but I am offended by the writing. Good thing it was only an ARC and no actual money was exchanged for this experience.
Danielle Emmie
*3/5 stars*

W E L P . This could've been an enjoyable read if it didn't end with that. Stupid motherfuckers
I read this in one sitting, and to be perfectly honest I mostly skimmed the second half of it. The writing felt forced and contrived to me. I wouldn't recommend it.
Aug 31, 2008 Susan marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover_design
I'm not sure I really want to read this, I just love the cover. I need a "I HEART THIS COVER" shelf. Making one now.
Probably should have been made adult fiction, not teen fiction. Plus the ending = what the??
Gaby (The Last Chapter)
It was ok but I would have loved it for it to have more detail and a better ending.
Nov 16, 2010 Emily added it
This book was weeeeiiiirrrdd!!! never ask tessa for wat books to read!
Jun 10, 2008 shannon rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
nothing like a quick little YA read about sleeping with your teacher.
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“If you don’t deal with the past, the past deals with you.” 13 likes
“Conner hadn’t liked leaving the gravesite with his father still not buried. But he’d learned from his grandmother’s funeral that you have to go. It’s expected. Nobody hangs around the cemetary. Grief—a little or a lot—is tucked into your pocket and carried away.” 7 likes
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