Published by Simon and Schuster on 06 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, The Unexpected Everything
Place(s) Traveled To: Stanwich, Connecticut // Hartfield, Connecticut // River Port, South Carolina
First Line(s): The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.
Ever since I listened to the audio of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson I’ve been hooked on her books even though I did delay reading Second Chance Summer as I was afraid that it wouldn’t be as good as her debut. So when I received a copy of her newest book, Since You’ve Been Gone I knew I had to dive into it immediately and it was love at first read. Unlike her previous two novels Since You’ve Been Gone is a lighter novel and is a beautiful story of friendship. For the last few years Emily has lived in Sloane’s dynamic shadow and so when Sloane disappears suddenly she’s at a loss for what to do. For Emily has also had a hard time making friends and so needed Sloane to help bring her out of her shell. Without Sloane Emily was afraid of the school year to come for who was Emily without Sloane? Then a letter arrives from Sloane with a list of things for Emily to do and Emily thinks that if she completes the list then she’ll find Sloane but what happens is something else entirely.
Along the way Emily meets a new bunch of people and she learns a lot about herself and I love the self discovery that occurs over the course of the book. Emily learns that she can be just as brilliant and dynamic as Sloane. Its a discovery that she learns for herself as well and not dependent on someone else so its an important thing for her (and the reader) to see. I found it so easily to identify with Emily and I think that many readers will be able to see themselves in her. She’s smart and funny but she’s also awkward and sometimes makes poor choices. But she learns from her mistakes and she moves on the best way she can. There are times when I didn’t agree with her actions and others I cheered for her. I loved her new friends – Frank, Collins and Dawn. Oh how I loved them. Collins totally broke my heart a time or two and I’d love to see a whole story involving him.
The only thing that really bothered me about Since You’ve Been Gone is the lack of resolution for certain story lines. There were a few things left unresolved so the book felt a little unfinished. I really wish that there had been another 100 pages or so in order to see those few threads wrapped up more neatly. I also would have loved to see more Frank and Emily as they were just so ridiculously cute together. All in all though, Since You’ve Been Gone is a great summertime read. You’ll lose yourself in its pages and it will make you want to create lists of things for your friends to do. I loved how this was a story of friendship and there was no big soul crushing loss that happened to one of the characters. Though even without that there are still feelings galore to fill the pages of this book.
Since You’ve Been Gone is another epic story from Morgan Matson and is sure to please all her fans. There are cameos from the Curry family and its filled with beautiful prose and I just couldn’t put it down once I started it. This is one of those books where you just want to crawl into it and live within its pages. It makes you long for summer and ice cream and friendships that last a life time. Its definitely a must read and you can be sure that I will be bullying friends and strangers to read this one!