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Gone, Gone, Gone

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,228 Ratings  ·  314 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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‘‘Want to know a secret?’’
I nod.
‘‘You’re safe with me anywhere, at all times.’’

Sweet… This was sweet. I believe it makes for an enjoyable read and an interesting one for sure. The two main characters, Craig and Lio, are very likable (even though, for reasons I will shortly mention, Craig can get frustrating). So much love in this book.

Now for the disappointments. This story centers more than needed on what happened to Craig and his former – still – (it’s very confusing) boyfriend on September
Jul 30, 2011 Hannah 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 byHannah Moskowitz before now. I know, I know. How could I not have read Moskowitz's debut novelBreak? And I have absolutely no excuse for not having read Invi
Alienor ✘ French Frowning Pumpkin ✘

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
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 manages to be brillian
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 02, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
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
May 11, 2011 Ceilidh 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
John Egbert
May 10, 2011 John Egbert 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
Lauren DeStefano
Oct 02, 2011 Lauren DeStefano rated it it was amazing
I really wasn't prepared for just how evocative this was. It's not a warning or a tribute, exactly. It's a story of a boy we've never met, in the aftermath of an event we all experienced. You should read it.
May 10, 2011 Cory 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
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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
Sep 20, 2013 Thomas 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
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
Jul 12, 2012 Keertana 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 11, 2011 Isamlq 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
Oct 17, 2011 Helene 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
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 Karla Nellenbach 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
Christina Wilder
Hannah Moskowitz is one of those writers that sends other writers (e.g., schmucks like me) running back to the drawing board. She pulls you right into the characters's heads and has you deeply invested in their stories from the beginning.

This book is written from two points of view, Craig's and Lio's. Their voices aren't very different, and normally this annoys the hell out of me, but in this case it lets the reader see that these boys are more similar than they realize.

I love how this story mo
Very hard to really discuss this book... one of those that really needs to be experienced in order to be understood. But if there was word to sum it up, it would be: Bittersweet. :)
May 06, 2012 Hannah 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,
Jul 21, 2011 Kathrina 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
Experiment BL626
Gone, Gone, Gone is around 52,500 words but its slow-going pace made it seem longer. Not that the pacing was bad — it was smooth as it could be, but it made my reading experience dull. The novel had many elements for a good drama, enough to create a tornado of it, but the plot was largely drama-less, which I didn't know whether to appreciate or to dislike.

The novel was told in 1st PoV and alternated its chapters between Craig and Lio's side. I generally disdain multiple PoVs but both characters
Gone Gone Gone is one of those books that I really, really liked; yet, when I ask myself why, I can’t come up with any solid answers. It’s not as much a story as a character study of two adolescent gay boys in love, and there’s not a lot of action happening either. But something about this book just felt beautiful.

This is the first time I’ve read anything with GLBT themes, so going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A bit of awkwardness, maybe. I’ll admit that it took me a while to get used to th
Jan 05, 2013 Silvio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had fully expected, given the title and the cover, that this book would be a bleak, angsty, heavy challenge. Therefore I was delightfully surprised to learn that it was quite the opposite. This is not to say it doesn't have some intense and dreary moments about the shootings, but overall it's sweet, moving, gentle. I felt warm and fuzzy inside long after finishing.

Craig and Lio, the MCs, are two lonely boys in his own way.

The break up with his childhood friend and boyfriend Cody, the lack of m
Alex Bennett
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After reading Hannah Moskowitz’s Invincible Summer, I knew I would be reading whatever else she came up with. So when Gone, Gone, Gone arrived, I started it almost immediately. And I devoured it. I read it everywhere I went, and loved every minute it. Hannah Moskowitz has yet to disappoint.

I was immediately intrigued by the plot of Gone, Gone, Gone. I wasn’t old enough to remember the Beltway s
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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. She was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and her book GONE, GONE, GONE won a Stonewall Honor in 2013. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013, and now lives in Ne ...more
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