Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
My Rating: 5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble
Summary (From goodreads):
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Um…
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Wait … what?
I loved this book! It was the perfect Sping/Summer read. I previously read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and enjoyed that one so much that I predicted I’d love this one as well. This entire book takes place over a summer break and gives you a summer vibe the whole way through.
I really enjoyed the cast of characters we had. This is a book about friendship at its core. The friendship between Emily and Sloane, and the friendships Emily is building in Sloane’s absence take center stage. They are realistic and complex. Additionally, the romance takes a back seat to all of this. Although the romance is adorable, it is also a relationship built on a friendship, which I really enjoyed.
Ultimately, this book is about Emily finding herself, discovering who she is as a person without Sloane, coming out of her shell, and finding the meaning of friendship. I adored this, and Morgan Matson has officially become an auto-buy author for me.
This was also our first book for the Random Readalongs group that I run with Sarah Jane (TheBookLife) and Kristin (kap89x), a readalong group in which we randomly decided during random months to read a book together! We did a live show to discuss the book, so please check that out if you HAVE read the book and would like to hear our thoughts.
Let me know what you thought of Since You’ve Been Gone!