Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary/YA
Publication date: May 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Read: December 2014
Pages: 449
Rating: 5/5

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? Okay, 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?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My review:
I heard so many great things about this book and I absolutely love the hardcover. I read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson before and it was amazing, I gave it a 5/5 stars. Since You've Been Gone though, was over the top. If I could give a  7/5 stars, I would. It was so good! First of all, I want to talk about the characters because I loved them all. I can really see myself as Emily because we were pretty much alike. I love to run, I wasn't part of the cross-country team because we don't have that at our school, but we have a running club and I was part of it. I'm also very shy and awkward, sometimes I couldn't talk properly with people, it's embarrassing. Frank, even though it was mentioned he had a girlfriend, for some reason the moment he appeared in a scene, I knew he was going to end up with Emily. I just knew and you just had to keep reading until the end to find out where their friendship was going. Dawn was such a good friend. I didn't expect her to be around much but I loved that she was there for Emily. Collins was very funny and I liked how he teased Emily sometimes. Emily's brother was an absolute cutie and his relationship with his older sister reminds me a little bit of mines with my younger brothers. Gideon, even though we haven't seen him much, I was glad he was mentioned in the story. I thought he was a bad boyfriend at first but it turned out, he was actually a pretty good guy but I'm still figuring out why it hadn't work between him and Emily. Sloane, I loved her list and we haven't seen her much either but I learned to love her character. I really felt like she truly loved Emily. I had a best friend before and I always doubted that she cared about me like I cared about her. Distance killed our being best friends and the fact that she didn't tell me her problems when I always did, it's too bad we didn't figure things out but we remained good friends, just not like before. This book wasn't only about romance but mostly about friendship and if you haven't read it yet, I highly highly recommend it. (=

About the author:
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. 

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