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Since You’ve Been Gone (The book, not the song) • Review

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I have recently been trying to read more realistic fiction. I started with books by Morgan Matson. That was a terrific choice.


The Barnes & Noble description of Since You’ve Been Gone

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone 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 with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My Review (What you’ve been waiting for)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a mysterious and unique book reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns. It begins with Emily.

Emily’s wild, but loyal, best friend Sloane has vanished along with her family. The only thing left is a letter that Sloane sent to Emily with fourteen daring tasks such as kissing a stranger, skinny dipping, stealing something, and sharing some secrets in the dark. This book follows Emily as she discovers how to be herself without depending upon her best friend.

I loved the mystery of this book. Sloane’s whereabouts where in question throughout the entire book. There was also enough romance for me, as a teenage girl, to be satisfied but not enough to overpower the plot or scare away any readers that do not enjoy romance.

I loved the whole idea of the list. I think it would be an incredibly fun challenge to conquer. I am having the classic struggle with summer boredom at this moment. The list would sure pull me out of my boredom, if not my comfort zone.

The most important part of the book was Emily’s character development as she discovered her individual self. In the beginning, Emily was a very timid person. She was someone who your eyes would skip over while skimming a crowd. By the end of the book she is not known as “Sloane’s best friend” but as Emily. She learns to be courageous and daring without her best friend to push her on. This book teaches a wise lesson on self-reliance.

This book also teaches lessons on perseverance. Even after months of having no contact whatsoever with Sloane, Emily still searches for her best friend. The ending is not particularly surprising but it is wholly satisfying.

This book is a great summer read, but it is not just a ‘fluffy’ book with no substance. You won’t read this at the beach and then forget it. You will want to recommend it to everyone, ever.

I would recommend this book as well as Morgan Matson’s other books (Second Chance Summer and Roger & Amy’s Epic Detour) to any young adult realistic fiction fans. This book is appropriate so I would say ages thirteen and up. I will not easily forget this book!

5/5 stars

Love your favorite fangirl,



About Sarah Stevens

I am a teenage girl that reads lots of young adult books. I also watch Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey. I love YA realistic fiction and dystopian books.

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