Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 5 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |
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?
When Emily gets a to-do list in the mail from her outgoing best-friend Sloane, she makes it her mission to accomplish all the tasks. The only problem is Emily is very shy, and some of the things on the list require her to take a giant leap outside of her comfort zone.
Of course what would be a daring to-do list without a group of friends to help her out along the way?
This entire novel centres around Emily trying to break free of her shell. She is such a relatable character, I couldn’t help but root for her to succeed. In fact, the entire book was relatable in some way or another. It was just so realistic, wether it be the settings, or the characters. Morgan Matson did an amazing job in bringing the world of Since You’ve Been Gone to life.
Besides Emily, the entire cast of characters created in this book were amazing. Each had their own distinctive personality, leaving just enough room for a little character growth. Frank is one of my favourite characters alongside Emily. They were just perfect!
This book is like no other contemporary I have read. Every detail was so well thought out. There wasn’t one paragraph out of place, and in the end everything just came together like a big puzzle. I laughed and I cried. I connected to this story so much, I was sad when it ended. I think it’s safe to say I had a book hangover for a couple days.
One thing I will say about this book is that the chapters were a lot longer then what I’m used to. But I liked the way the author made every chapter correspond with one task on the to-do list.
Everything was just so creative. The to-do list. The music playlists given to us throughout the novel. The entire plot. The romance. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with the author and ask her how she developed such an amazing story.
“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”
This is the first Morgan Matson book I’ve picked up, but I plan to read her other books as well because she is a master story-teller. For me, this book was absolute perfection.
Which novel by Morgan Matson do you think I should read next?Any suggestions would be great!!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.
She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.