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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,777 ratings  ·  358 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Hannah Hi, MyDailyMinefield,

I'm not sure who "the reader" is that you're referring to, but there are a few points I could make. That I view being queer, disa…more
Hi, MyDailyMinefield,

I'm not sure who "the reader" is that you're referring to, but there are a few points I could make. That I view being queer, disabled, and Jewish, all three of which I am, as incredibly positive things that have contributed to the way I'm able to see the world and have introduced me to incredible people, so what's not to approve of? That the parents of my queer, disabled, Jewish CHARACTERS absolutely would approve, because those are the kind of parents and the kind of stories I write. That, as I previously said, I'm all three of those things, and my parents have been proud of me ever since I sold my first novel when I was seventeen years old.

But I'm going to stick with this one: I'm not writing for parents. I'm writing for teenagers.

Especially the queer, disabled, Jewish ones.

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Aug 11, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. The main characters would want to be friends with you if they were real.

The Playlist:

1) The Animals Were Gone--Damien Rice
2) You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.--Bright Eyes
3) Sometime Around Midnight--The Airborne Toxic Event
4) Left Behind--Spring Awakening soundtrack
5) Across the Universe--The Beatles
6) To Be Alone With You--Sufjan Stevens
7) Overkill--Colin Hay
8) The Freshman--Jay Brannan
9) Forget It--Breaking Benjamin
10 Lifeline--Mat Kearney
11) Danny Callahan--Conor
I had tears in my eyes at the end of this book. You know, the soft misty ones you get when you hear a particularly evocative piece of music, or trace the delicate brush strokes of a master artist? Gone, Gone, Gone was tender and moving in the same way as a snapshot in your mind of your first kiss.

I cannot believe I got a chance to read this book a full year before it is due to be released. Gone, Gone, Gone is my first Hannah Moskowitz book, and it has made me even more impatient for the arrival
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It wasn’t easy to organize my thoughts on this book. It’s been a while since I’d added something to my ‘books that changed me’ shelf, and although Gone, Gone, Gone didn’t affect me as strongly as Raw Blue, for example, I’m pretty sure it’ll stay with me for a very long time. Truthfully, for a while I even thought my rating would be four or four and a half stars, but then I decided that I need to make it abundantly clear that this is a book everyone needs to read, and that it’s likely to change a ...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Note: I am sorry to everyone reading this, but this book doesn't come out until April 17th, 2012.  However, if you can get your hands on an early reviewer copy, please read it.  And everyone else who doesn't, mark your calendars for April 2012.  I can almost guarantee you won't regret giving this book a try.

Confession: I hadn't read anything by Hannah Moskowitz before now.  I know, I know.  How could I not have read Moskowitz's debut novel Break?  And I have absolutely no excuse for not having r
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

I remember September 11th. I was in Junior year in High School (in France, of course) and I learnt what happened late afternoon when I was heading for practice.

I remember being sad for all these person and mad because how unfair is it? but I also remember being pissed at all these teenagers around me who kept bragging that it had opened their eyes and showed them how much life is worth it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to minimize it, god of course not, but I just couldn't understand how p
Kat Kennedy
Look, it doesn’t really mat­ter what star rat­ing I’d have given this book. Because, at the end of the day, noth­ing would have been able to take away from how unflap­pably cool Han­nah Moskowitz is. She’s like the genius rock­star of the YA world.

So I guess it’s just a good thing that I com­pletely, truly and irrev­o­ca­bly (I feel Twi­light has ruined this word for­ever) loved this book.

For a book that doesn’t have a giant, action packed plot or com­pli­cated mes­sage, Gone, Gone, Gone man­age
Steph Sinclair

There are so many great things about this book. How Hannah manages to cram them all into 272 pages is just amazing. After falling in love with Invincible Summer I was excited to read this. It's the first LGBT novel I've ever read so I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I loved it.

The Setting

This book takes place during the Beltway Sniper Shootings, almost exactly a year after 9/11. The story follows Craig and Lio while they deal with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks and the
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
A touching love story between two peculiar teenage boys, Gone Gone Gone introduces us to Craig and Lio who are living in the aftermath of 9/11, each dealing with unique repercussions along with social ineptitudes that ultimately bring them together.

Craig and Lio both share a perspective in this novel, and each of their voices are incredibly sympathetic, moving you to the point of physically feeling their hardship and anxieties. I can't even say I liked one perspective over the other, they compl
John Egbert
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who don't generally like LGBT, People who haven't had much luck with books lately
Recommended to John by: Peer Pressure
Okay, I think I've recovered enough to write a review.

The Good


I'll start with Craig.

Craig is not your typical gay boy. Firstly, he is black, which made me tingle with delight after being a first hand witness that if you're gay you can only be white and feminine. I really like what she did to that stereotype. To me, Craig wasn't very girly. He wasn't boyish either, oh God no, but he wasn't girly.

If you've read the Animorphs, he's sort of like a male Cassie -- coupled with the love for a
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hannah Moskowitz has been on my TBR radar since her first book so the opportunity to read an ARC of her third book a year before its official release, thanks to Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab system, was too good to pass up.

Teenagers are frequently accused of being shallow and simple creatures. The problems of the typical adolescent are usually categorised into the clichéd worries over school, family and sex, and are all too often used as oversimplified forms of characterisation in YA. In a gen
Larry H
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Hannah Moskowitz, you just knocked me for an emotional loop with this one.

It's October 2002. Just as the Washington, DC area is beginning to recover from the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous year, random people start getting shot and killed by the Beltway Snipers. As I remember all to well, people run to and from their cars, crouch down when putting gas in their cars, and parents fear for the safety of their children while at school. This is the backdrop for the burgeoning relationship b
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Thomas by: Kyle
Voice. That makes this book about the 2002 Beltway Sniper Attacks come alive. Told through the alternating perspectives of Cody and Lio, two boys trying to find their place in this world, Gone, Gone, Gone will cause you to squeal in delight even as it sucker punches you in the stomach.

I really can't get into this right now. I probably shouldn't have kissed him back. But I've sort of wanted to kiss him ever since I saw his fucked-up hair that day in Ms. Hoole's class, and really since the convers
This book had been on my tbr for a while, and it also fits in my June reading challenge so I decided to give it a try. And I am really glad that I did! It's beautifully written and despite being a heavy and emotional read, I was able to finish it in only few hours. It's always a plus when the book is nicely written and manages to keep you interested until the end.

The story might be simple, but what I appreciate most about this book is its characterization. I love how the author has created such
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Kevin Canty and Melina Marchetta
Recommended to Cory by: Myself
Shelves: galleygrab
I will preface this review with two notices of my potential bias towards this book.

1. I kind of know the author in the way that you get to know a person over the internet. She seems like a cool person, and while I doubt that has any influence over my review, you never know.

2. I'm a fan of character studies. Those of you who read my reviews may think otherwise, but really*, I am. One of my favorite books is a two hundred page introspective bull session. I went back and forth on this for two hour
shady boots
A review of this book is also available on my blog.


This book was simply fantastic.

I wish I had the power to pull out fictional characters from books, because I want Craig and Lio in my life. They are flawed yet amazing human beings that I relate to in so many levels, and not only because they're gay. And their romance is one of the most beautiful and realistic ones I've ever read in YA literature.

My only problem with this book is that it ended. I didn't want it to
Anna (Bananas)
I really enjoyed the two main characters - quiet but snarky Lio and hyperactive yet nurturing Craig. They're neurotic in different ways and absolutely perfect together, opposites that create balance.

For a story about loss, and more specifically how people live with it, this novel was suprisingly light. Every other page I was smiling or laughing or thinking: I love Craig, I love Lio, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This is pure fun to read!

Now on to the heavy stuff. The story takes place a year after
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can’t recall exactly what it was that made me pick up Gone, Gone, Gone. Perhaps it was its simplistic cover that seemed to speak volumes more than any of the fake covers being mass marketed these days. Or maybe it was the synopsis that alluded to a homosexual romance, death, sniper shootings, and coming to terms with life as we know it. Either way, I am so immensely glad that I decided to read this incredible novel. Gone, Gone, Gone is unlike anything I’ve ever read before – and not only b ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Melodrama is the bane of my existence.

I'm starting off on that note to express my state of mind towards books that recount dramatic events. We all know that quoting statistics about people starving to Death in Africa doesn't have the same impact on us as, say, the news of our neighbor dying of a heart attack and not being found for three days. Grand, dramatic deaths are horrible, but they don't affect me on the same level as hearing a pers
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. Hannah Moskowitz's books make my brain explode. In a good way.

I read Invincible Summer a while ago, and I could see, objectively, that it was good, but it was a little too... weird for me. Maybe it's just because the cover had me expecting a fun beach read, and the actual book took me by surprise with its depth, but I didn't know what to make of it. It definitely had an impact, but I couldn't decide whether I loved it or hated it. But after Gone, Gone, Gone, I know, without a doubt,
Denise Hallauer
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't heard of this book until today so thank you neo-nazi's for putting it on my radar because I'm definitely going to be reading it. I'm going to be asking my library to buy it, I'm going to buy it, I'm going to be reccing the hell out of it to my friends. You've done nothing but ensure that I make sure as many people know about this book as possible. So thank you. <3 You Hannah. ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book by a gorgeous person. 100% would recommend.
David Purse
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books of all time! Do yourself a favour and go read it.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2020
3.5 - I grew up a little over an hour outside of Washington DC and was 12 years old during the 3 week period that the 2002 DC sniper attacks were happening. People were getting shot at random just getting gas or going to the store in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. It’s the first memory I have of really being terrified for my life. We couldn’t go outside for gym class anymore and were instructed to run in a zig zag whenever you had to move from a building to a car. I personally haven’t seen this eve ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley, favorites
Five cups of coffee and six hours later, I can safely say that I am a fan of Hannah Moskowitz'. The first book of hers I read was Invincible Summer. That I was a blubbering mess after is a tiny understatement. Gone, Gone, Gone leaves me feeling much the same way:

Lio and Craig, two characters who leave me really happy with their story… simple though it was. Craig and his thoughts on invincibility. Lio and his worries. YET they match even if both of them had to stomp on the other every so often. A
Jeremy West
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have no words at this point. Just beautiful and heartbreaking.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I am always excited to run across a title that approaches subject matter that could be just the material that helps a teen define their own identity. Be it racial identity, sexual identity, echoes of their own struggles and traumas that rarely surface in mainstream media, books that broach controversial topics may be the books that save lives. So much media geared at teens do enough damage by describing images of beauty, popularity, and attractiveness in superficial and impossible ways that no t ...more
When considering my impressions of Hannah Moskowitz's "Gone, Gone, Gone" - words fail me. For my second read of Moskowitz's work, I was very impressed - the writing draws you in and doesn't let go until the last page. I thought this coming of age novel featuring the narrative between two 15-year old boys living in the aftermath of 9/11 and during the D.C. sniper shootings was very well portrayed. The story revolves around Lio and Craig, who both have their own share of recovering to do in the wa ...more
Karla Nellenbach
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love gay boys, it's true. Really, who doesn't? Exactly, my point. So, when I read the blurb for this, I was super excited.

Well, to be honest, I was uber-excited about reading this book long before IS came out because, let's face it people, Hannah knows how to write characters with voice. She grabs you, digs your heart out with a spoon, and then chucks it over her shoulder, all the while laughing gleefully, and of course, you come back again and again begging for more. At least, that's what sh
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gone, Gone, Gone has all of the trademarks that Hannah Moskowitz is becoming known for as an author: character-driven, heart-felt, a focus on internal dialogues and personal relationships.

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. And I'm SO glad I did. GGG is a bit of a ramble compared to Break and Invincible Summer. Both Lio and Craig live in their heads much of the time and there is a stream-of-consciousness feel to the writing. What Moskowitz manages, in this book, is to pull the reader into t
Kelley York
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, m-m
Beautiful, perfect, flawless...what more can I say?

The alternating POV for Craig and Lio was every bit as perfect as I hoped it would be. Hannah has a glorious way with words and translating the human brain to put it on paper. Both in this book, and in INVINCIBLE SUMMER, everything her characters feel is so tangible because of her writing.

Her books truly are character driven. Time passes, things happen, but what really gets me drawn into her stories are the characters and the going-ons inside th
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She ...more

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