Before He Was Gone
Coming Summer 2014
Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
About the Author
Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.
I'm feeling a bit torn about Before He Was Gone... On the one hand, I really loved the engaging writing, the characters, the plot. But on the other, I really don't like that TV show Survivor - which basically is the background and setting for the book. I think what really kept me from hating this book, like that show, is that Wicks doesn't present you with the melodramatic, out of context drama, but the actual events of the happenings and their context. It really shined a light, for me, on just how much the television industry messes with and twists things around for 'good TV', no matter the cost to people's real life.
At this point in time, I as of yet, haven't read the book which this is a companion to - Before He Was Famous. While it is not necessary to have read it in order to read and understand this novel, I feel I would have had a better understanding of Alyssa's and Sebastian's relationship and thereby a greater understand of how their breakup affected her. AND there is always the part where I want to know more about Noah and Chloe after the little snippets I got from Alyssa's story.
I think that it was a really good idea on Wicks part to have this novel written as a switching POV between Alyssa and Joshua, because essentially, Before He Was Gone is two separate stories that eventually and inevitability merge into the one. Alyssa went searching for who she is, and Joshua went looking for a way out of what he is.
Before He Was Gone is a well written and engaging novel with drama, romance, action, and a splash of danger. A book I would recommend to anyone who loves reality TV. ;)
3 out of 5
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