Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Format / Length: Paperback / 449 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: Simon & Schuster Children’s / July 3rd 2014
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
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Description: It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
THINGS I LIKED:
- LISTS. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)
- Our main character, Emily. She was so, so, so real. She was awkward and shy and unconfident and I loved that about her. I felt like I knew her. And I got her — mostly. One thing, though? She wasn’t ever really upset at Sloane for . . . you know, just leaving without any warning. Me? I’d be ANGRY. (But then again maybe I’m just a perpetually angry person?)
- The adorableness of the story.
- And the adorableness of the romance.
- And just the general adorableness of the story.
- The whole summery feel. It’s COLD here in Australia at the moment and it was nice to read a warm and fluffy novel. It was set in summer, too, so that helps.
THINGS I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE:
- It was a bit . . . Long. There were points where I thought to myself, “I like this, but I’d like it even more if something more was happening.”
- Above I said I liked Emily. And I stand by that. (MILD spoiler ahead. Nothing to get too anxious over, I don’t believe.) But Emily kisses Frank — knowing that he had a girlfriend. I thought this was a bit . . . Low. I mean, I know the whole of the story was for the main character to step out of her comfort zone, but urgh, really? It begged the question whether the list change Emily for the better, or not.
BUT LOOK HOW SHORT THAT LIST IS.
This was a good book. I liked it. It was fun. It was well written. So — should you read this? Yes, if you . . .
- Like light (ish — there are some deeper moment there) fluffy contemporary novels.
- Have a soft spot for lists.
- Don’t mind a longer, drawn-out novel.
- Want a real down-to-earth main character.