It's a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge, trying to make sense of the random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives.
Craig's crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him...and if he'll do it again...and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody.
Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable, and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk. -Via Goodreads
I'll start by saying, "FINALLY!" I've been in a book slump lately, Gone, Gone, Gone pulled me right out of it. Thank you, Hannah Moskowitz! So, I've never read a book where the main character(s) are homosexual. It honestly wasn't that much different from reading about a heterosexual relationship, and I really enjoyed it.
I absolutely adored Lio and Craig. I felt a connection to both of them because they were real. Hannah knows how to take you on that emotional roller coaster her character's are experiencing. Every thought was true and just real, there's no other way to put it. Sometimes, it was hard to follow Craig's train of thought because he has so many things going through his head at once, but that's what made Craig, Craig. I love the fact that Lio and Craig weren't uncomfortable with the fact that they were gay. They was completely okay with it, there was no shame or struggle or any ugly feelings toward it. The focal point of the story was their relationship and what would happen between them.
The story is placed in Washington, D.C. (or Wheaton, Maryland as Lio likes to call it) during the year 2002. The first anniverssary of 9/11 was approaching. On the day of 9/11, all of the students in Lio and Craig's school were given American flags to put on their locker for that day. Lio was the only one to keep it on his locker because in Craig's words, "... they were cheap and flimsy and because it's been a year and patriotism is lame again." Complete honesty. Weeks later, on October 2, the first person is shot. The Beltway Snipers begin. Craig and Lio feel as if everyone is going crazy at first because they all think they're going to end up shot. As they go on, though, they feel the stress of it too. At first, they subtly think about it more and more until they're as scared and paranoid as anyone else.
I can't delve any further or I'll be giving away major spoilers, but I definitely recommend this book when it comes out on 4/17/12! I won't be able to get this one outta my head for days! Add it to your TBR piles, people I'm telling you! Truly unique and refreshing, loved it! *Squeeee*
Note: If you're itching to read it NOW, go to galleygrab.com. Simon and Schuster is the publishing company and if you have an E-reader (I know Nook and Sony Reader are supported, not sure what other readers) and if you don't mind reading off your computer go on ahead. It is kind of tricky, though, because when you first sign up, and you download your first E-galley, it's random. You'll have to wait for the newsletter and it might not be on there! Good luck!