Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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? Um…
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? Wait … what?
I fell in love with this book. I think this book might now be my second favorite contemporary of all time. I’ve been putting this book off for such a long time and now I finally read it and it was amazing. The story itself was amazing, beautiful, and really puts you in a happy mood. The characters made you feel all giddy and you also fall in love with them. I thought that Sloane was a genius with this list that she made. It help Em face some of her fears and let other people into her life other than her best friend. At first I did feel bad for Em she just didn’t have anybody to be with when her best friend left her. I get why Sloane left without telling her I really do. But I still think that it would’ve been best for Em to have a little disclosure for when Sloane left. I feel now that everyone should make a list like this. It gives you a sense of adventure just like the sense you get while reading this book. So I challenge everyone to make a list like this and have it completed by 2016. I will even make one myself because this book really inspired to do something like this.
The characters were awesome in my eyes. First we have Em our main protagonist. She is very shy at the beginning of this book. For most of her high school years she only had one best friend. Her best friend was her only friend. Sure she did talk to some of the people her BFF was friends with. There was so much character development with Em. Sloane had given her the list so that she would become what she was at the ended. Seeing her go through the list was loads of fun. My favorite out of all the things that she has done would have to be dancing till dawn. When you read about her dancing and smiling you could already tell how much progress she had made since the beginning of the book. I also liked the Penelope thing and Apple picking at night. During all of these challenges she made a lot of new friends. Including this girl named Dawn. The only reason I didn’t give this book a full 10 out of 10, was because we didn’t find out what happened between her and Dawn at the end. If you read the book you will see the conversation that happened between Em and Dawn towards the end of the book. Yet after that we didn’t hear much from Dawn and I would’ve ;loved if there was something we could know about what happened after that conversation.
In this book we also meet Frank. A first I thought Frank would become the new BFF. He already had a girlfriend so I was like okay Em, you can’t be with him just yet. Frank was the same guy from the beginning and the end. He already had many adventures in his life. He had a bunch of friends. He was the one that started to help Em with her list. He deeply cared for her well-being. He knew that she was kinda of a loner after he best friend left so he kinda took her under his wing. ANother reason for me to love the scene where she was dancing till dawn was because he was there with her. He was smiling and laughing with her. So I think that that scene would have to be my favorite from the book. There isn’t much you can say about Frank. You love him since the beginning of the book. You know that he is going to help Em. He’s not your typical good smart guy. He has a few tricks up his sleeve but thats why I love him.
Do I need to say more for you to read the book if you haven’t. This book truly inspired me to do more with my life. It made me think to take adventures outside of the book world. I feel like this book can inspire anyone. It was a finding yourself type of contemporary. I did have a few romance involved but I think that the whole point of this book was showing us that we lead our own lives. We can have friends help us but these friends won’t take charge of our own lives. I would recommend this book to everyone really. Its a great starter book and a great book for book lovers. It will make you scream out Kelly Clarkson lyrics from the top of your lungs. You will have lots of fun with this book. I surely did 🙂
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.”
― Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone
“He looked right at me as he gave me a half smile. “You’re the brightest thing in the room”, he said. He lifted his hand from my waist, and slowly, carefully brushed a stray lock of hair from my cheek. “You shine”.
My breath caught in my throat. People said those kinds of things about Sloane-not about me.
“What?” frank asked, his eyes on mine.
“Just…” I took a shaky breath. “Nobody’s ever said something like that to me.”
“I was still a little amazed that this was happening. That this, the thing that had seemed so impossible, so terrifying, so utterly beyond me, was happening. I was having fun. And that I was the one who made it happen. “I did it,” I said out loud, sendind my voice up to the stars above me, not really caring if the others heard me.”
― Morgan Matson, Since You’ve Been Gone