Monday, August 11, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson Review

Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: E-book
Page Count: 449 pages
Source: Borrowed


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?

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?


This is a type of contemporary that's great to read for the summer and get's you pumped up!

Sloane and Emily are best friends and without saying a word, Sloane just disappears. It's not like she runs away or something bad happens. Sloane just... left. Emily doesn't know why or where she went but all she left behind was a to-do list for Emily. Emily has to complete these and some things on the list is totally out of her comfort zone. The list as follows:

1. Kiss a stranger.
2. Go skinny-dipping.
3. Steal something.
4. Break something.
5. Penelope.
6. Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke.
7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona.
8. The backless dress. And somewhere to
wear it.
9. Dance until dawn.
10. Share some secrets in the dark.
11. Hug a Jamie.
12. Apple picking at night.
13. Sleep under the stars.

I kinda want to do some of the things on the list (or make some of my own). Of course, except for steal something, Penelope and 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona (b/c that's not really real).

I love the style Morgan Matson writes and to just put it out there, she has some good taste in music! The main character and her love interest goes on these runs throughout the book and there would've be the track list of their playlists on the page. Another thing is, her characters are relateable. Personally not to me but I can see other people totally being like "wow, she's like me".

The romance was kind of conflicting for me. Frank has a girlfriend throughout most of the book but she's total M.I.A. I really rooted him and Emily but there was always a voice in the back of my mind and remind me that Frank has a girlfriend who is in college. Plus side was he pushed Emily to do things outside of her comfort zone and supported her. It's just that damn love-triangle-ish thing going on that frustrates me. The situation is just like the "love-triangle-ish" in Anna and the French Kiss.
I think there is a mortal to this and mostly this tells the readers to take chances and go for it. It's like my motto Carpe Diem. I really recommend this book if you're looking for a nice contemporary read. Definitely recommend it during or near summer time!  


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