SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson
448 pages, hardcover
Available now (May 2014)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
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? Um…
You know when you close a book and lean back with a sigh and a happy smile? This book gave me a happy smile, and I stayed up late to finish it (a big sacrifice, considering I’m already dragging at the end of the school year!). Totally worth it. *yawns* *reaches for more caffeine drinks*
The author of a favorite 2010 read, AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR, Morgan Matson hit another one out of the park with SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE. Shy, introverted Emily and her BFF Sloane have an awesome summer planned…until Sloane and her family move without warning and without any information. Calls and texts go unanswered. Nothing’s left in the house where Sloane lived. And Emily’s devastated.
Until a letter arrives. A letter with 13 to-dos that challenge Emily to step outside her carefully drawn boundaries and push her self to get “out there”. At first, she hesitates which I can totally understand. It’s hard for us introverts to leave their comfort zone, especially when there’s no one there to back them up. But Emily isn’t the type to cry for long. Sure, she misses Sloane but she also doesn’t want to be stuck in the hot house while her parents ignore everything around them as they write a new play (writers. *shakes head*). As Emily crosses things off her list, she also meets new people, overcomes fears and pushes far past that little comfort zone into a great summer experience.
Emily’s such a normal character. (I almost hate to say that because “normal” is considered by some to be, well, not such a great thing.) She’s like the everyteen, someone who’s feeling her way in the world, trying new things even if they’re scary, and figuring out who she really is when she isn’t attached at the hip to a huge personality like Sloane. I liked the really good people she found to hang out with. So often, YA authors hang stereotypes around characters’ necks and that’s good enough for them. These people that Emily befriends are more than the Perfect Student, the Best Friend, or the Wingman. They’re so much more and that genuineness rings true throughout the story.
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE is one of those pitch perfect summer reads that will have you wishing for long summer nights spent lying outside and counting the stars while sipping Diet Coke through red Twizzlers and giggling with your best friend. Fabulous.
My one quibble? I sing this damn song every time I read the title. Grr. Earworm. *headdesk* Share Time:
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