Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson
Published May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Summary: 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…
Since You’ve Been Gone is worth the hype.
And if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’m not one to read hyped books right off the bat but Since You’ve Been Gone is so fun and easy to read, no wonder its been a crowd favourite.
Emily is shy and never does anything out of her comfort zone until she met her best friend Slone. Sloane is your typical fun and flirty best friend, and naturally, Emily depends on Sloane to help her get out of her shell and be brave. But when Sloane leaves unexpectedly without a word, Emily is left with nothing but a list of things to do from Slone.
Since You’ve Been Gone isn’t a road trip book (most of the events happens in her city), neither is it adventerous: the list of things to do are rather tame and seemingly ordinary. But for Emily who is painfully shy and filled with fears and doubts, these tasks are no easy feat. I could relate easily to Emily, in which I lived vicariously through her adventure.
The characters in this book were so charming, even Sloane, who we meet through Emily’s flashbacks. There wasn’t much of a character development; they’re minor and easy to miss, but they developed nonetheless.
Since You’ve Been Gone isn’t supposed to be complex. It’s really about a girl who learns to be independent and to be brave, without her safety net and its about friendship, the woes and joys of being in one.
One of my favourite aspects on the book were the playlists/mixtapes. I really loved seeing bands I loved/listen to (and getting excited) and discovering new bands and songs.
I loved Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s an easy to read contemporary, which will be great to read in the Summer. Highly recommended.