Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster
Published on May 6th 2014
This was a nice easy breezy contemporary book, which was just what I was looking for in a book to read on my summer vacation. I like it I thought that I was going to love it more than I did but I am OK with that.
Emily and Sloane are the best of friends, Emily is the shy girl and Sloane exudes charisma, together they have the perfect friendship. Summer vacation has begun and they have planned out an epic summer to spend together, the only thing is Sloane has disappeared. Emily has gone by to Sloane’s place and left many messages on her voice mail all to no avail. The epic summer they had planned together is no more and Emily must try to enjoy it on her own.
Soon a letter comes for Emily from Sloane, well not a letter exactly, she sends a to do list. This list has 13 things that Sloane would like for Emily to do during the summer. Things that Emily would never dream of doing but she things that maybe if she completes everything one the list that this will lead to her best friend. So she decides to start off with an easy task and is determined to complete all 13 but will this lead to Sloane?
It was a fun, cutesy read for me and it was what I was looking for in a read at the time. So I am happy about that.
Morgan Matson’s writing is well written and easy to read. The book has 449 pages but it didn’t take me that long to read. Having said that I don’t think the book needed to be that long just in my opinion. At least, it didn’t drag so not that big of an issue. The author put in some play lists which I thought was a cute idea, you got to see what king of music the characters are into. I think that I am more partial to Frank’s playlist than Emily’s because I am not that big into country.
I definitely am more of an Emily than a Sloane, so I can relate to her and felt for her as she pushed herself to get out of her comfort zone to complete things on the list. I thought it was realistic in that some of the plans she makes to complete things on the list don’t go as planned. I really liked reading about Emily’s journey and how she really comes in to her own.
“I looked ahead of me, to the Orchard. For just a second, I tried to rationalize that maybe I could just go home now—after all I’d shown up here…And if I was going to do this, I needed to do it right. I took a deep breath and made myself put one foot in front of the other as I walked to the clearing…”
Throughout the book it will go back to past experiences between Emily and Sloane I liked this aspect of the book because you got to see how their friendship was and how much they were apart of each other’s lives. It reminded me of my friendship with my best friend in High School and we were pretty much inseparable like Emily and Sloane.
I wasn’t all that crazy about the romance in the book. I was a little torn about it because I loved Gideon and Emily together even though they weren’t really together and you only get a glimpse into that situation. I just thought he was the sweetest guy ever and he made my heart swoon. At the same time, I also liked Frank and thought he was a good guy. I just wish the romance went a different way than it did. I maybe in the minority on that.
This book is great fun and if you like contemporary young adult I would pick this one up. I gave it 4 stars.