Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)
Publication: July 28th, 2014
Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.
When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?
Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.
5 out of 5 stars
Gah. This summer has been a bit different for me in that I've been on a bit of a rereading kick and have sort of put the blog on "vacation mode" to let my batteries recharge and maybe figure out a few things. I definitely cut back on the number of book tours on my schedule.
But this book - it has called to me from the very first time I saw it mentioned in a book blast sign up. I love good angst and there was something about it that called to me and even though I really did intend to stay away from scheduled reviews, I knew I had to read it.
Y'all, when the book heart knows, the book heart knows.
Gone absolutely owns me right now. I want to gush about it and quote pretty words and talk about how the angst was just the perfect amount without being over the top and how much I enjoyed the characters and how I wanted to make everything better and how Joshua is now my new book boyfriend.
Dreadlocked surfer painter boy with a heart and a car named Daisy. For real. My inner 20 year old is in love (and maybe my 39 year old self is a little bit as well).
He makes me grinny.
There was so much emotion in this story...I felt a little bit of everything, but not too much of anything if that makes sense. The darkness felt by Rebecca and by Joshua was balanced with hope and swoons, the anger and sadness with happiness. The angst...it was so so so good.
I'm sitting here writing my thoughts and wishing that I could just gush endlessly about Gone. I want to reread it already. I want to read it for the first time all over again. I want to gather all my bookish friends and watch them read it and then talk about all our favorite parts. As an emotional reader, I connected with this book in a way that doesn't always happen and I can't recommend this book enough.
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.
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