Since You’ve Been Gone
By Morgan Matson
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Simon & Schuster, 464 pages
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? Ok, 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…
— Goodreads.com description
Since You’ve Been Gone is a layered and lovely story that did exactly what I think a good book should: gave me a fresh perspective on my own life.
I’m sure everyone will take away something of their own, but for me, reading Since You’ve Been Gone filled me with a very enriching sense of appreciation for certain aspects of my life.
This book highlights what I think Morgan nails, time and time again:
– Fun storytelling techniques (playlists and lists)
– A perfect summer setting (you could just feel the heat and taste the ice cream while you read)
– And plenty of character growth
That last one was perhaps my favorite part of this book, aside from the sweet romance. It was such a treat to watch each and every character in this story come out of his or her shell.
It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year so far, and I know I’ll be recommending it again and again in the coming months. A “must” for your summer reading lists!
PS: If you can finish this book without wanting to IMMEDIATELY hug your BFF, you are not human.
PPS: Join Morgan Matson in the #BFFchallenge by entering the giveaway below, provided by my friends at Simon & Schuster. By entering, you could win:
– 1 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera (color will vary)
– A copy of all of Morgan’s books (OMGOMGOMGJEALOUS) — Since You’ve Been Gone, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer
– And a pair of heart sunglasses (I have a pair of these and cannot wait to rock ’em all summer long!)
Good luck and happy reading!
Visit morgansbffchallenge.com for an excerpt of the book & more info about the #bffchallenge.