Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Add it: Goodreads
Source: Bought
Page Count: 449 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

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?

My Thoughts

After reading Amy and Rogers Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer back to back, Morgan Matson became one my "definite must read" authors! She has a great way of writing her characters and stories that are just so easy to fall in love with. She quickly became an author that I would read anything she writes and when I heard she was writing a new book, Since You've Been Gone, I knew I had to have it! And not to mention it was a summery book with the theme of friendship? Oh yes please. I finished this book last night and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed! 

After Sloane leaves, Emily becomes obsessed in finding her and I found that a little pathetic, but also highly unsurprising, since Sloane is Emily's one and only friend. (I think I would panic as well if best friend, and my only friend left, leaving me to fend for myself all summer!). But as the story goes on, Emily goes from being Sloane's friend (which is what literally every identifies her as) and becomes Emily.

That was probably my favorite aspect throughout the whole story: Emily's character growth. At the beginning, Emily is tackling the list Sloane left for her in the chance that it will bring her back. But as she's getting through the list, it starts becoming a little less about her bringing Sloane back as it is to give her a sense of satisfaction — even though in the end she's looking forward to the chance to see Sloane again. 

What I loved was that despite the loss of a friend, Emily ended up gaining three more friends and to me that was the best part. I know better than anyone that meeting new people, making friends and keeping friends is not easy! As Emily learns this as well, she realizes the true meaning of friendship and realizes that she doesn't need one best friend to make her happy, that having a multitude of friends is nice as well — at least that's what I got from it :) 

I love the additions to this book— Frank, Collins and Dawn. My favorite type of friendships in books is when it's a group of friends and Matson gives us a group of very different but very lovable characters that I'm glad Emily has the privilege to call friends. Also Frank is just *swoons*!! With these group of friends, Morgan Matson gave them some depth and that made the characters more relatable and more likable. 

Quotes I Like

I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.

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