Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Hello Everyone! :)

I finished Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson at the end of June and it was a great book! I loved how relatable the whole thing was. I'm gonna leave a brief (I didn't write it) synopsis about the book and then I will leave a few of my own thoughts also.

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, 13 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 down? 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...

This book just came out earlier this year. I read her book Second Chance Summer right before this one and it was really fantastic. So, I couldn't wait to read Since You've Been Gone right after it and it sure didn't disappoint. Though the content is quite different, they are definitely wonderful/emotional in their own ways. The happiness and sadness in these books are so well written and show a true emotion to what the character is going through.

The lead protagonists are both from the same town, though none of the same characters are mentioned from either book in the opposing book. It is a interesting little fact that some may not even notice. I loved this book. It is hard enough when your best friend moves away, let alone having no idea, on top of not getting to say goodbye and not hearing from them after you text/email/call them quite a few times. But making some unlikely friends because of a stunt your little brother pulls is a good way to help you get through losing someone you meant everything to you.

I also love that she doesn't focus solely on the list, but it is still in the nearby background at all times. This really is a feel good book. The friendships are sweet and probably depicts a lot of friendships between teenagers. Emily's family is not super involved because they are in "writing mode" but when they are, they're funny, loving and eccentric. I am glad Morgan Matson added their parts in occasionally, a lot of authors don't when it comes to underage teens and it can be a bit confusing since parents are usually such a larger part of a teenagers life.

Also, I'm glad she made the "underdog" the heroine and her best friend wasn't present to overshadow Emily's character. Emily deserved to shine. In the end though, Emily proved she wasn't the "underdog" at all by doing plenty of things she had never done before and was scared to do.

I loved Frank's character. I actually know someone just like him, we grew up together. So, his character was familiar to me and helped bring me closer to the story. I loved how Frank has his own "dark-secrets" and you slowly learn about them. It helps make him seem more real and not totally perfect.

Overall, this book is worth reading, go forth and read your heart out! :) (Off to the left are 3 pictures you could click on to buy books, maybe you will find a cheap copy of Since You've Been Gone on one of them! LOL)

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