Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review: Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick

Then You Were Gone
Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick
In the tradition of 13 Reasons Why, a suspenseful and heart-wrenching novel from the author of Nothing Like You and Her and Me and You.Two years ago, Adrienne’s best friend walked out of her life. One week ago, she left Adrienne a desperate, muffled voicemail. Adrienne never called back.
Now Dakota is missing. She left behind a string of broken hearts, a flurry of rumors, and a suicide note.
Adrienne can’t stop obsessing over what might have happened if she’d answered Dakota’s call. And she’s increasingly convinced that Dakota must still be alive.
Maybe finding and saving Dakota is the only way Adrienne can save herself.
Or maybe it’s too late for them both.

Publishes in US: Jan 8th 2013
Source: Simon Pulse for review
Series? no

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         Then You Were Gone was a quick read, I couldn't put it down and had to figure out exactly what was going on with Dakota. I couldn't decide if I really thought she was dead, and if so, was it a suicide, or was it something sinister? I was glued to Adrienne, the main character and her grief, inner monologues, her inexplicable need to dress and act like her (ex?) friend Dakota.
         I liked how Then You Were Gone had snippets from the past friendship of Dakota and Adrienne, showing where Adrienne's feelings came from and helping me to understand that there was something deeper there for her, and trying to understand what made Dakota tick and what exactly ended their friendship. For Adrienne, to me it seemed that it was unresolved and a feeling of guilt, because she got that phone call from Dakota and she didn't know why she was calling, and then came the rumors she was missing and the speculation that she had killed herself.
      Adrienne's relationship with Lee was one that I haven't really read one quite like though. I liked Lee for the most part though, because he treated Adrienne very well while she was being herself, but then it did seem to me like he jumped ship pretty quickly and did some questionable things... Not that I am saying that the way that Adrienne treated him was okay, but still. It seemed like a character discrepancy to me because it doesn't seem like something he would do.
      While we have the weird relationship between her and Lee, and the lost friendship and almost worship of Adrienne towards Dakota, Lauren Strasnick also paints a beautiful picture of true frienship between Adrienne and Kate. Kate is a truly likeable character and I appreciate how she supports Adrienne and is there for her and pushes her at the right time. She also has a mouth on her that provides some tension relief for both the reader and Adrienne at the right moments.
      Although this book is a quick read and relatively short, don't let it fool you, it packs a lot of plot, a lot of emotion, a healthy pinch of sarcasm and humor, and explores the workings of friendships and relationships and the effects of grief on your life.
      Then You Were Gone is for mature teens, because it has drug use, underage drinking, cursing, sex and foreplay and other mature themes that I can't mention without spoiling the plot... Which disturbed me by the way, the unmentioned, but I totally think that it is an important issue to address... And see the ways NOT to handle it. 
     Bottom line: Quick and hard hitting story about grief and friendship, both the loss of and the true definition of it.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever had a one sided friendship?


  1. thats sounds intense! I ike the cover. :) thanks for the reviwe!

  2. Oh wow, this one sounds really twisty and different. I have no idea what to think but am dying of curiosity about everything! It sounds good!

    I have had one sided friendships. Or friends that didn't mean to be, but were a bit selfish and wanted everything to be about them. It sucks cause that's a hard friendship to stick with.

  3. This book sounds really fascinating and intriguing. If it's compared to Thirteen Reasons Why, I have high expectations for it. However, it seems to be a little messy in terms of plot.

    -Angie @YA Novelties

  4. I haven't seen this book before but wow doesn't it sound amazing. I have read 13 reasons why so I hope I'll get a chance to read this one too. Great review :)

  5. Ooohhh sounds intense. I am pulled in by the mystery of what happened between these two friends and where Dakota went.

  6. This sounds incredible! I am so intrigued by the mystery and how two best friends could have drifted apart. I'm very much looking forward to this, after your review! Glad you enjoyed this! Great review!

    ~ Maida


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