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Lillian White was planning for the perfect summer- spending every waking minute at the lake with her heartthrob boyfriend, Brad Lee. But her world is shattered when Brad mysteriously disappears the night of his graduation ceremony- the same night he tells her he loves her for the first time. After law enforcement dismisses the case, classifying Brad as voluntarily missing, ...more
Published June 20th 2016 by Edge of 22 Publishing
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Paula  Phillips
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing how life can change in one single second, that's all it takes to throw everything off balance and a life into turmoil. It is all it takes to crumble someone seen as perfect and shatter their every existence . It is all it took for Lillian White to become a shell of herself and to push everyone she cared about away. On the night of his graduation, her boyfriend Brad Lee recieves some news and leaves after telling Lillian he loves her. The next morning she recieves a phone call from B ...more
Brooke Totherow
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If You're Gone instantly pulls you into Lillian and Brad's beautiful and budding love story. The story then takes a turn and you feel a loss with Lillian. Perfect example of how life can be wonderful and fulfilling and in an instant your whole world can be turned upside down. The emotions Lillian goes through were real and I felt them with her. She even questions how well did she really even know the person she loves so much. Lillian discovers life around her goes on despite her grief and loss. ...more
Suze Lavender
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lillian and her boyfriend Brad are inseparable. She knows it is true love and she can't wait to spend the summer with him. Then Brad disappears on his high school graduation day. He didn't say goodbye, nobody has seen him and his car is still in the driveway. He doesn't return and Lillian calls the police. Brad is missing, but they don't take the case seriously. They think he left because he wanted to and aren't convinced something happened to him. Lillian is sure Brad would never have deliberat ...more
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May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-kindle, 14-arc

If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin weaves an intriguing and believable story around the disappearance of Brad.

For me the book was not so much about the relationship between Lillian and Brad. It was more about how within only a few months a complete life can gradually change. Not like those total life changing events that change your life from one moment to another but like one of those backstabbing diseases that creep into your life slowly changing everything and when you finally notice it is t
Micaiah Saldaña
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I had higher hopes for this, but ended up quite disappointed. =( RTC!
Katherine Paschal
Lillian is madly in love with her boyfriend Brad and on the night of his high school graduation he tells her he loved her too. That same night, Brad goes missing. As Lillian and his family try to discover what happened to Brad, secret come out about his past that cast doubt on who Brad was. When the police and her friends give up the search, Lillian can’t. She longs to find the answers, whether they are good or bad and she can’t give up.

So to be honest, I was really expecting something else from
Elise Luquette
In a world where YA characters are beginning to feel fake and unrealistic, and plots cliché, If You’re Gone was a major breath of fresh air. I highly recommend If You’re Gone for everyone because it is full of relatable characters who actually act human, and a plot that is not cliché.

I am not normally one to enjoy main characters in books. I normally feel that I spend too much time with them and they get on my nerves… but not Lillian! Lillian was probably my favorite character— she felt so real
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lillian was having the perfect high school life with her best friends and her boyfriend, Brad. Everything was going on so well until the day after Brad’s graduation. Brad disappeared from Lions Port and remained missing, causing Lillian to do all she can to search for him. Frantic and close to depression, she begins to learn more about Brad than she ever did during the six months they were together.

If You’re Gone is a wonderful story about high school romance, heartbreak and the fear of the unkn
Lynda Dickson
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Shelves: young-adult
Lillian's boyfriend Brad goes missing on the night of his high school graduation, shortly after telling her that he loves her. Because of his checkered past and the fact that he's eighteen, the police don't take his disappearance seriously. As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, there is still no sign of Brad, and Lillian struggles to cope with the "not knowing". Her friends resume their normal lives, but Lillian is in limbo. Who is Chris, the mysterious blue-eyed boy who se ...more
Jessyca Garcia
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, drama
I really enjoyed the book “If You're Gone” by Brittany Goodwin. In fact I found it rather hard to put down. When Lillian White’s boyfriend, Brad, suddenly goes missing she does not know what to think. The police seem to think his disappearance is not serious. Lillian decides to investigate herself and ends up discovering Brad had a lot of secrets.

The book “If You're Gone” was a really interesting story. Goodwin made me feel Lillian’s pain at not knowing what happened to Brad. The police not maki
Branden Johnson
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(I was provided with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)

If You're Gone could have been typical. It could have gone the way so many romantic suspense thrillers go. When I started reading, I fully expected it to.

If You're Gone is not typical.

It's a character study, a in-depth look at one teenage girl, Lillian, dealing with loss. Losses, really -- there's the obvious loss of a boyfriend who disappears under mysterious circumstances, and there's the less-obvious loss
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I would like to thank the Goodreads first reads program for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

After what feels like forever, I finally finished a book...Disappointingly I would like to say that I let the stress of college courses and life in general get in the way of something that I truely love. However, I feel as though this book was a great start to my reading journey of 2017.

-This book, in short-had me completely captivated. It seemed as though every word that
Kinley Hughes
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
If You're Gone is a compelling YA novel narrated by Lillian, a high-school girl who experiences loss and grief over her missing boyfriend, Brad Lee. Lillian is plagued by depression and confusion and refuses to believe that he is gone. Her relentless search for Brad shows her dedication to those that she loves and her belief in a person that she knows better than anyone. What I enjoyed most about this novel (without giving anything away, of course) is its exploration of relationships. Whether th ...more
Laura Wolfe
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this suspenseful romance told from the point of view of teenager, Lillian. This quick read was well-written and kept me turning the pages wanting to know the truth behind Lillian's boyfriend, Brad's, sudden disappearance from their small town. The author did a nice job developing the characters and creating layers of questions about the mysterious missing boyfriend. Without giving anything away, the ending was satisfying and left me cheering for Lillian. There is a decent amount religi ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book is a believable journey into young love and loss. The author does a great job of delving into young Lillian White's coming to grips with her love's disappearance. The book is easy to read, and the reader is carried quickly from page to page. The voice of the main character rings true for young adult audiences.

If there is a critique, it would be that the ending was abrupt, especially when you take into account the detailed style of the rest of the book. I simply craved more detail ther
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
An imaginative filmmaker and screenwriter, Brittany Goodwin stands out as an author with her debut novel. If You’re Gone bravely seeks to understand the hidden, complex emotions of those left behind when a loved one goes missing.
What should have been the start of Lillian’s best summer ever, the rising high school senior wakes up to a nightmare when her boyfriend, Brad, vanishes the night of his high school graduation. Confused and desperate, Lillian plays an integral role in the search. The day
Amanda Kinsey
If You're Gone was an intriguing story that kept me reading to find out what happened next. The author did a wonderful job of making me feel the emotion of the characters, especially the main character, Lillian. The story is full of mystery and unpredictable twists. The ending was a complete surprise to me! The only negative about the story is that it left me asking, "what happened next?". I wanted more. But, maybe there will be a sequel! Overall, a great read!

*recieved in exchange for honest r
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When you look at this cover, you don't expect to read what comes out of from behind it. I was really shocked and impressed. So much lays behind the cover of this book! Intriguing page turning read! Everything that goes on is just.... wow! Highly recommend this book!

*Received for an honest review*
Emory Larson
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
If You're Gone portrays the immense grief of losing someone beautifully, and successfully makes the reader feel the loss of Brad right along with Lillian. With Goodwin's expressive writing, the reader clearly feels the same pain as Lillian, but witnesses understanding as well, implementing religious undertones in a subtle, and yet still evident way. This book is a great summer read for all ages.
James Bessant
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is gripping in so many ways, making you feel empathy for these characters while hoping this is something you never have to live through. I felt as if I was hurting with the main character, Lillian, due to the descriptive, emotional, and thought-provoking narrative. It's an awesome read and an incredible coming of age story.
Talia Noelle
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was giving this book by the author in return for reading it and giving an honest review. I wasn't sure what to think at first but the blurb caught my attention and free books are always a plus. I never expected to fall in love with characters and the story, but I really, truly did. Easily one of my favorite books. I hope she comes out with more books soon.
Julie Cantrell
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A page turner! Everything was fine in the life of Lillian White, until one day, something terrible happens. This is a wonderful book! It's very immersive, with great story telling. I really felt like I got to know the characters. I highly recommend this novel.

My son received a pre-reader e-copy in exchange for his honest review. The above is his review.
Katelyn Bolds
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jessica Jernigan
I got lost in this book!

I bought this book because I am aware of the talent Brittany Goodwin has in general. It surpassed my expectations and I got lost in the book and couldn't put it down!
Stephanie Cunningham
Quick read. Enjoyed knowing it was coming to screen with a darling local actress!

Quick read. Enjoyed knowing it was coming to screen with a darling local actress!
It would make a great for young adults for sure!
Gaby Hernandez
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found it really interesting how the author was able to portray the pain through the pages. With every page I turned there was a new surprise. I have never read a book quite like this one, it really made me think about all those people that suffer when a loved one goes missing.
Melissa Lee
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5.

I was sent a copy of If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Brittany Goodwin’s If You’re Gone is a short story that shines the light on missing youth. Instead of focusing on the details of the investigation into Brad’s disappearance, it follows the hardships Lillian, their friends and families faced. This character driven plot sets this story apart from other mysteries that I have read in the past, which tend to be plot driven.

Although na
Kester Nucum
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
See the full review and an exclusive interview with the author at

DISCLAIMER: I received a free signed copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I also received some swag. This will not affect my review in any way.

If You’re Gone tells the story of Lillian White, whose world collapses when her boyfriend Brad Lee vanishes the night of his graduation. She desperately searches for answers that might lead to Brad’s whereabouts, but she stumbles across secrets
Delanie Sullivan
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
If You're Gone is a fascinating exploration of a young girl's journey through the disappearance of her boyfriend and coming to terms with life without him. Lillian, a rising high school senior, is very much in love with her boyfriend Brad, who has just graduated. On the night of his graduation Brad tells Lillian that he loves her, and then he disappears without a trace. Lillian is desperate to find Brad and feels lost without him. She doesn't believe he would choose to leave her or his family wi ...more
Morgan Sivan
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If You’re Gone was the kind of read you simply can’t put down. I just HAD to read another page and see what happens to the characters and if Lillian will find Brad or not. I just HAD to find another clue in this intricate spider web and finally expose the truth. Lillian is a teenager that goes through the change of her life when her boyfriend disappears one night. She is faced with sudden change and has to live through countless days of not knowing what happened to Brad and if he’s still alive o ...more
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