Gone by Anna Bloom


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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Gone was a nice read. It was not as engaging as I had hoped, but it was still fun. I enjoyed it. 

Bex had been acting out for a while now and she doesn't really know how to change her ways. She feels bad, she doesn't like all that she has put her family through, but she can't seem to help it. Something also happened, something really bad that she can't remember, but she still blames herself for. She wears 53 bangles so that she will never forget what happened. So she will never forget what she is doing to those she cares about. She is just counting down the days before she can leave her family and be all alone. It is just better than way. Two weeks to go. Just two weeks in this small, seaside town her family has just moved to before she can free them of herself.

Josh has his own demons to face. He has not really moved on from what has happened, moved on from the girl he used to love. He doesn't really know how to say goodbye. He doesn't really know how to get back to where he was. He used to paint all the time, but he hasn't picked up a brush in months. He just can't do it again. He can't let himself be open, can't let himself feel again. He just can't do it. He has grown up in this little seaside town so everyone knows him. Everyone knows what happened and sees him closing off from everyone and everything.

When Josh and Bex meet there is just something there. Neither of them can really deny it even if both of them are hesitant to move forward. They like each other, but can they really open up about everything? Can they be there for each other or will they just end up even more broken at the end of the two weeks? Josh always had a rule to never get involved with the summer people, never get involved with someone who is leaving, so he struggles with that with Bex. But he just can't get her out of his mind. The girl made out of the sun. The girl who is inspiring him to start living again. Will it be possible for him to hold onto just a little bit of her warmth?

Bex just doesn't think she should be with anyone. After all people say a lot of negative things about her and she believes every word. It is really sad. She listens to what other people spout off and believes that that means it is then true. She has a lot of hurt and pain inside, but she can't let it out in a good way. She loves her sister dearly, maybe a bit too much really, and she just wants to go away so she won't cause her sister any more problems. She doesn't want to be the way that she is, but she can't seem to help it. A lot of the book is Bex trying to be who she wants and battling that other person that she doesn't like. She can't stay, but as the weeks go on she starts thinking that maybe she can. Maybe things can be different. Maybe she can be different. Maybe the boy made out of the moon can help her.

This story was a sweet read. Bex and Josh are both so broken, but they both can help put each other back together. Josh helps Bex see that what she thinks is not actually what is true. Her family loves her, they don't want her to separate herself from them. It was a sweet read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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