If You're Gone Blog Tour and Review

I’m not usually one to read an entire book in a day… If You’re Gone is an exception

If You’re Gone traces a trying summer for rising high school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee - reported missing the morning after his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his family. Not from her.

Launching her own investigation into the darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship.

"Soul-stirring... Truly one of the most innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess but highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form." (Justin Price, creator of 'Future' SVOD channel)

If You're Gone will be available June 20th, 2016 from Edge of 22 Publishing.


In a world where YA characters are beginning to feel fake and unrealistic, and plots cliché, If You’re Gone was a major breath of fresh air. I highly recommend If You’re Gone for everyone because it is full of relatable characters who actually act human, and a plot that is not cliché.

I am not normally one to enjoy main characters in books. I normally feel that I spend too much time with them and they get on my nerves… but not Lillian! Lillian was probably my favorite character— she felt so real as this search for her lost boyfriend is affecting her how it would affect anyone. Throughout the search for Brad, Lillian acts as a normal person would— for the beginning of the book her life spirals as anyone’s would. The reader gets to see her attempt to cope with Brad being gone and it’s great! But my favorite thing about Lillian is the fact that throughout the entire issue of looking for her boyfriend, she always keeps her faith. This is a minor part of the story and her personality but it sets the character apart from so many other YA main characters. Adding a small detail such as religion to a character and not overdoing it, makes the character more believable and relatable since religion and faith are ideas that have existed throughout all of history and many cultures.

Not only was the main character in If You’re Gone great, the side characters were also memorable. Due to the detail and the time spent with the side characters, the town that the story takes place in feels real. I actually cared about all of the side character and their lives. I cared about Lillian’s relationships with all of her friends and everyone else in the town. Supporting characters like these are what make a story memorable.

The characters aren’t the only thing that kept me reading all day— no, the plot was also very interesting. If You’re Gone has a very simple plot about the main character’s boyfriend going missing without a trace. This could lend to a simple, one-read story where you forget about it after a week, but the characters make the reader invested and the plot doesn’t overstay its welcome. Noting in the plot is dragged out to the point of it being boring, instead things are kept interesting as the reading wants to find out what happened to Brad as much as Lillian does.

Overall, If You’re Gone is a great read that I hope lots of people pick up! The characters are relatable and realistic making the reader care about the conflict and hope for a happy resolution. I recommend If You’re Gone for fans of contemporary and EVERYONE!

About the Author

Brittany Goodwin is an author, screenwriter and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the Dove Foundation.

Brittany lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband and every growing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her debut YA novel, If You're Gone.

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