My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 wake of these events. Lio’s a cancer survivor who lost his twin brother to the illness, and toggles between therapy sessions to help him cope with his fragmented family. Craig pines over a love lost after tragedy strikes in the family of his ex-boyfriend, and copes with a break in that results in the loss of many of his pets – whom he has to seek out and recover them.
I think one of the things that really grabbed me about the book were the narratives of the boys themselves – they felt authentic and it was easy to get to know them. Their quirks were adorable, their flaws palpable, and the way they interact with each other makes them well worth following even through some of the difficult themes. It manages to be light and funny, while at the same time sensitive to the grief the boys have and portraying their respective thoughts in a given time. I thought their chemistry was spot on, and even through some of the rough spots they move through, it was welcoming to see how they connected and ultimately took in the reality of what was happening around them. “Gone Gone Gone” is intimate without overselling the emotions and works very well in a slice of life/coming of age narrative with a fair share of tough subjects that hit the core my heart as I was reading it.
I definitely think this is a book worth reading for those who enjoy reading YA realistic fiction with characters that are so identifiable they become something beyond the pages they’re written on.
Overall score: 4/5