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Brazos County officials are distributing free backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for K-12 students on July 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryan High Silver Campus Cafeteria.
Brazos County to distribute free school supplies
‘Back to School Bash’ invites K-12 families on July 12
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 11, 2024
Graduate G Tyrece Radford (23) drives to the basket during Texas A&Ms game against Nebraska in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
How Tyrece Radford can catch the attention of NBA scouts
Roman Arteaga, Sports Writer • July 10, 2024

After 5 years of college basketball at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Tyrece Radford is furthering his athletic career with the San Antonio...

Craig Reagans 1973 brown Mach 1 Mustang features custom stickers of Craig and his wife, and is completely rebuilt from the ground up. The interior was completely torn out and replaced with new dashboard and radio.
Compassion in the car community
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • July 9, 2024

This past Sunday, Cars and Coffee welcomed exactly one car: a sleek, brown Mustang that stood alone like a lone ranger in the Wild West. This...

Chancellor John Sharp during a Board of Regents meeting discussing the appointmet of interim dean Mark Welsh and discussion of a McElroy settlement on Sunday, July 30, 2023 in the Memorial Student Center.
Analysis: Chancellor Sharp’s retirement comes with new dilemmas
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 2, 2024

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday he will be retiring on June 30, 2025.  A figure notorious in state politics,...

Former student’s novel will leave you craving a resolution

And then you were gone
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And then you were gone

Novelist R.J. Jacobs is a former student of Texas A&M and is now a practicing psychologist in Nashville. His book “And Then You Were Gone” begins as what seems to be an innocent romance, but quickly takes multiple unexpected turns, launching into a full-blown murder mystery novel of incredible proportions. Uncanny feelings of oncoming disturbance in the first few pages are the bait hooking the reader into an insane ride.
The book begins with a young couple venturing out to a weekend Tennessee boat trip consisting of late night fishing and a few bottles of wine. Suddenly the trip takes a turn for the worst when the narrator wakes up, finding herself alone on the boat. She is plunged into a world of confusion as she tries to understand what happened to her boyfriend while simultaneously holding on to her sanity, and soon realizes the truth is more horrific than she could have imagined.
Jacobs stealthily weaves flash-backs, self-doubt and the desire for truth into the book through his protagonist, Emily. Telling the story from her perspective allows the reader to empathize directly with her search for answers and become her most prominent advocate. The inclusion of specific stories from the narrator’s past adds personal elements to the story that increasingly keep readers invested. Whoever is reading the book feels immersed in the story from beginning to end, connecting deeply with Emily and hoping to help resolve the impossible situation she faces. Just when there seems to be an instance of stability in her life, something new is brought to the table to shake her foundation yet again. She must find the strength deep within herself to overcome the constant difficulties being thrown her way repeatedly from time to time. The inclusion of Emily’s psychological diagnosis also plays a huge role in the formation of the reader’s close relationship with her. We see the story written from a new perspective with a protagonist who is not afraid to stop at anything for answers and cannot help but be won over.
While a mystery novel at heart, the book focuses on various themes such as guilt, loss of trust, blame and friendship. While reading, we feel the familiarity of these emotions. Every character included is vital to the story somehow, and there is genuinely no decoration that would leave the reader uninterested. Jacob’s words sympathize with struggles of everyday life, the harsh stresses of depression and the overwhelming feeling of grief. No matter who picks up the book, they will undeniably find a part of themselves inside of it somewhere.
The reader becomes a witness to every single detail within the mystery of multiple disappearances and killings, and cannot help but try to put the pieces together for themselves. Winding roads, turns and problems arise at every corner, ultimately leading to an answer that is shocking. The book becomes intoxicating with unexpected plot shifts, and the end will have you asking yourself why you didn’t catch on earlier. This book promises to make readers forget the outside world around them and become wholly involved in the plot. It indeed is impossible to leave this book halfway through. Once opening this book, be prepared to sit down until finishing it.

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