Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Posted July 10, 2016 by Quinn in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan MatsonSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's on July 3rd 2014
Pages: 449

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?


You know when you’ve read the perfect book at the perfect moment? That’s exactly what happened with me for this book. If I have a recommendation with reading this book, do it while on a road trip. If I would’ve read this book any other time, I would’ve still enjoyed it, but there’s no way I would’ve felt completely engulfed in it like I did while sitting passenger driving across America.

I may be 34, but I still love a good YA. I could really identify with Emily’s character. I WAS Emily in High School and really could’ve used a Sloane back then. But unfortunately I had to wait until College to figure out who the hell I am….and I certainly didn’t have this diverse taste in music either.

The LIST!!! I loved how Matson set up the book chapter by chapter based off the items Emily had to check off her list. I really loved seeing how Emily would have a plan for achieving one item on the list, only for something else on the list to present itself.

As we move further into this book we get to see Emily blossom into a person she only saw her friends being. She started developing friendships, making crazy decisions outside her comfort zone and slowly developing feelings for a boy off limits.

Call me a dork, but I love when I read a book about the lead characters working out together. I don’t know why but I do. The whole connection with music through out this book was perfection and when Emily and Frank started swapping iPods, ADORABLE.

All I can say is…I. WANT. MORE. I would love to see Sloane’s story a few years down the road in college. Sleep on it Matson, then message me to Beta read it 😉



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