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    Great story with a twist I didn't see coming.

    4.5 stars. Bridget E. Baker is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. After reading her YA post-apocalyptic trilogy and her cute Christmas romance novel for adults and enjoying those I didn't hesitate to try this book. This is another YA novel, but this time around it's a mystery/suspense/contemporary fiction type story. One thing that really stands out to me is how versatile this author is. She does a great job with each of these genres. I'll say right off that this story is a slow build and the mystery and the suspense are very mild. You're just reading both Lacy and Hope's accounts of past events and waiting to find out what went down to cause Lacy to be in a court-mandated psychiatrist's office. The details are very engrossing despite the slow burn of the story. I'll admit I was expecting a lot of danger and ominous events, but somehow this book still did not disappoint me. Despite the lack of any real danger or suspense, the story pretty much grabbed me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. That's saying a lot for a book about teens in high school! I thought I was done reading those types of stories, but I'm not sorry I read this one. There was a twist that I did not see coming as well and that made the reading experience even better. There are quite a few themes touched on in this book, but I don't want to spoil the book so I won't talk about them here. This is a well thought out story about two sisters at odds, who also love each other, and in the end this ends up being a somewhat tragic but very sweet story. I highly recommend if you like contemporary teen fiction.
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    Love, loss, and finding one's way

    Normally I'm not a fan of books with multiple POVs, but this was written so well (and the overlaps from different perspectives gave such depth and pathos) that it works. Sisters Lacy and Hope are thrown together more than most: they are less than a year apart, so they are in the same grade. Their father has died so they share one parent, who tries her best to give time and attention to both while working to support them. But what they've never had to share is a guy. Hope is the gorgeous athlete, used to dating the most popular guy at school. Lacy is the brainy nerd, used to being ignored by the popular crew. So when a guy shows up who is both a star athlete and a brilliant student (not to mention kind and funny and amazingly good-looking), the sisters find themselves forced to decide which is more important: their relationships with Mason or with each other. The plot was woven very skillfully, allowing the reader to sympathize deeply with each character despite their differences. And the reveal at the end totally surprised me, despite the clues scattered throughout the book. It's rare to see a teen book with such depth and exploration of family and self. It doesn't preach the usual "believe in yourself and love yourself and everything will be okay" message that's so prevalent, but explores how to love self and others, through sacrifice and hard work. Beautiful book that has kept me thinking about it for weeks!
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    A Good Book for any of us

    Already Gone is an intriguing title and Bridget Baker keeps that sense of mystery going through the book. The dual POV is well done and provides a better balance to the events that two sisters deal with in the book. It is a touching story and worth the time to read it.
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