Mon, May 5, 2014

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Review + Giveaway

Since You've Been Gone book cover

Since You've Been Gone book cover

Since You’ve Been Gone
By Morgan Matson
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Simon & Schuster, 464 pages
Source: Publisher

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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: friendship, morgan matson, romance, summer
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  1. Devyn said:

    I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book, definitely at the top of my list this summer 🙂

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  2. Amaris said:

    I haven’t read anything by Morgan Matson but I’ve heard that her books are very good! If I won this set, I’d definitely read Since You’ve Been Gone first :p

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  3. Michelle @ Unraveling Books said:

    I havent read anything of Morgan’s but I feel like this book is the perfect one to start with! And how fun would it be to take selfies with your friends while wearing those sunglasses! 😀

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  4. Michelle @ Unraveling Books said:

    And FYI the facebook entry doesnt seem to be working or it’s just me?

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  5. Jen said:

    I adore her books-SCS made me sob!

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  6. Erika said:

    I have only read Second Chance Summer so far, but I can’t wait to read her other books! This one sounds cute!

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  7. Sarah said:

    I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I’m planning to read Amy & Roger when I go in a roadtrip this summer! And this book just sounds so good!

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  8. Sarah said:

    I love Morgan Matson so much. Her books are my favorite!

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  9. Brenna said:

    I have heard so many great things about this book. Can’t wait until I can get my hands on it.

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  10. lulu said:

    oh my gosh, i didn’t realize this is coming out TOMORROW!!! i am so friggin excited. mm is one of my fav authors, so yay!

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  11. Alyssa said:

    I love all of Morgan’s past books! I am looking forward to going to the beach this summer and seeing a concert with my best friend. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  12. Sarah F said:

    I have yet to read a Morgan Matson book and would love to win this giveaway so I could FINALLY read the books I have been hearing so many wonderful things about. Oh…and I TOTALLY want a pair of heart shaped sunglasses! xo

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  13. Fiorella said:

    I have not read any Morgan Matson books, but I already pre-ordered Since You’ve Been Gone.

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  14. Brittany said:

    This book sounds amazing! I think I’m in the mood for a summer read, now that the weather has started to warm up. Yay it’s May.

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  15. Danielle Nguyen said:

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but they all look so fun! Perfect summer books, I think.

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  16. Shelby Brown said:

    I haven’t read any of Morgan’s books but I have heard AMAZING things, and this would be a great jumpstart

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  17. Kelsie said:

    Quite possibly the greatest giveaway I have ever seen!

    Waiting until after my wedding to read this one, but afterward, I will absolutely devour it!

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  18. Chelsea said:

    I would love to read Morgan’s books. They sound like perfect summer reads. Plus heart shaped sunglasses? Sounds like perfect beach wear!

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  19. Cassie G said:

    I have not read any of Morgan’s books, but I keep seeing so much love for all of them, so this giveaway is so intense! You are awesome!

    I am also a photographer, so the camera would be cool, too 🙂

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  20. Ann said:

    I would wear the heart sunglasses on my road trip! And I would read all the books and pass them along to my niece afterwards. I love to share all my reads with her. =)

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  21. sarah/appifanie said:

    I’ve only read Amy & Roger but I loved it! I want to win because we all need a social tornado sometimes.

    This summer I move from NC to way upstate NY and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED. I am an 11th generation New Englander and I don’t belong in the south.

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  22. Andi said:

    I don’t even have the words to accurately talk about this book. I reviewed it and everything and I still think it was a rambling mess of a gush fest. As someone that LOVES LOVES LOVES Second Chance Summer, there was something even more special about SYBG that I can’t place. I don’t know what it is that Morgan did to make it as amazing as it was, but it is possibly her best work yet.

    Great review!

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  23. Tammy said:

    I own Second Chance Summer on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. I’m looking forward to summer so I can read outside. I’ve already spent some time outside because the weather has been in the 80’s and there’s no snow, yay!

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  24. Ana said:

    I can’t wait for summer! ‘Tis the season for beach reads, right? I am sooo looking forward to light and fluffy reads to escape real life drama. Morgan Matson, here I come.

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  25. Kayla said:

    I haven’t read any, but I really want to! For me it’s winter, so I\m pretty cold, and could use some warming up in my books 😀

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  26. Danielle D. said:

    OMG I have been waiting for this to come out for MONTHS! Morgan Matson is one of my all-time favorite authors and I just love her brilliant and layered story telling. Can’t wait to get my copy!

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  27. Emmah said:

    I want to win ’cause I’d love to own her books! I haven’t been able to buy her books yet :/ So many good books, so little money D:
    But I have read “Second Chance Summer” and “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” thanks to Simonteen PulseIt.
    I’m looking forward to going to an Ed Sheeran concert in September! Hopefully will add more concerts before that!
    And what I’d do with the prize? Use the camera often, reread (and read SYBG for the first time) the books, and share them with friends/family!

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  28. Jessica said:

    I’ve heard such amazing things about this book! I can’t wait to read it! I’m ready for some summertime reads!

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  29. Alexa said:

    Oh I would love to win this!!

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  30. Keely said:

    It sounds like such a good summer read. Also I have been reading too many high fantasy books lately, I need me some contemporary

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  31. Christina Wofford said:

    I love Morgan Matson! She is one of my all time favorite contemporary authors. I fell in love with Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour first! Since You’ve Been Gone has been screaming at me for months and months now! This book is one of my most anticipated books of 2014. I seriously NEED this one NOW! I want to spend the day in the hammock with my heart shaped sunglasses and read this book! That’s a dream summer day! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  32. Haneefah said:

    Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely one of my top TBR books! I love Morgan Matson’s fun, easy writing style and I fell in love with Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! Thank you for hosting this giveaway♥

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  33. Kelly said:

    I can’t wait to read this! Thank goodness I have Second Chance Summer to hold me over until I get Since You’ve Been Gone.

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  34. Hannah said:

    I’m very excited about this book!!:D

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  35. Kierra said:

    I definitely would want to win everything! I have not yet had the chance to read any of her books!

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  36. Celeste O said:

    I haven’t read anything by Morgan. I enjoy reading outside in the warm sun.

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  37. Kelly L. said:

    I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone and ahhh, it is SO good! It’s also my first Morgan Matson book! ;D

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  38. Valia said:

    OH my! SOO many good things about this book! I’m so excited. Morgan is a darling! Thanks 🙂

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  39. Michelle Lee said:

    Those are the books that I’ve really wanted to read, but never really had the chance to! Plus, I’ve also heard great reviews. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! 🙂

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  40. Dianna said:

    Loove all of Morgan Matson’s books! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  41. Emily said:

    I haven’t read any of Morgans books but I want to! I would wear the sunglasses ALL summer and read the books on my vacay. The camera I would use to take some awesome summer pics. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!!

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  42. Jillian said:

    I loved Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer! Her books are the perfect books to enjoy during a day on the beach.

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  43. Juliet said:

    I love how after the camera is colors may vary and after the books its OMG. exactly how I feel.

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  44. Tabby said:

    the book seems really interesting based on this review plus the gorgeous cover art

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  45. Maria said:

    Reading the synopsis sounds very fun. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t go out as much as I should. I lie spending time at home. It’s cozy. I feel like this book will show me a good time. I have not yet read any of Morgan’s books, but they’re on the list. Looking forward to reading more books this summer. 🙂 If I were to win I would take the camera everywhere I go and take one pic a day .. post them all as wallpaper in my room.

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  46. Sharde said:

    I recently read Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer. I am not usually brought to tears by books but this book had me sobbing. Her writing was like a breath of fresh air and I felt as if she folded me in the pages with the characters. I hope her new title is just as amazing.

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  47. Melody said:

    I read Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and I loved them both! I can’t wait to read Since You’ve Been Gone! I love Morgan Matson!!!

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  48. Mackenzie Perez said:

    This summer I’m looking forward to taking driver’s ed and reading all the books I’ve recently ordered and going to see The Fault In Our Stars.

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  49. Casey said:

    What a great summer read! Looking forward to reading it in my new backyard with some wicked cool red heart sunglasses 🙂

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  50. Jessica said:

    This summer I’m planning on getting a part time job and dyeing my hair! And of course, hanging out with some friends of mine. The sunglasses sound very cute <3

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  51. chelsea said:

    This looks so so good! I’ve never read anything by her before, but I definitely want to now! I absolutely love YA novels that focus on friendship.

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  52. Tamara said:

    I’ve read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to read Since You’ve Been Gone, it looks like the perfect summer read.

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  53. Rosie // Rosie Reads said:

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book. And sadly, I haven’t read ANY of her books, but they’re all on my TBR! Winning would put me one step closer to reading them all 😀
    As for this summer, I am looking forward to being outside, CAMPING, and in general, being with my friends. We all have crazy busy lives and don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. Of course, this summer is going to be way too different (not in a good way though) because one of my best friends just left for Korea last month. She’s in the army, and got stationed there. So it’s a drastic change I’m not handling too well. At least technology is awesome and we can keep in touch!
    Thank you for the amazing giveaway! xo

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  54. Jess @ Such A Novel Idea said:

    This is an amazing prize pack!

    I want to read this book so bad I can’t even tell you.

    I read Second Chance Summer over spring break and it was the perfect read. I listened to part of it on my drive and read part of it while there. I am now a Morgan Matson obsessor and would buy anything she wrote, but this book just looks particularly good.

    And I’ve been dying for some of those glasses since Mindy wore them on the Mindy Project back in April.

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  55. Judith said:

    Taking a trip to Italy soon, can’t wait to pick this up to read on the plane.

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  56. Ashley said:

    I’m excited about not having homework over the summer!

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  57. Abi said:

    I loved Second Chance Summer so much! I can’t wait to read Since You’ve Been Gone!

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  58. Emma said:

    I really liked Second Chance Summer, and I’ve been wanting to read Morgan Matson’s other books forever!

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  59. Rebecca said:

    Totally *crossing my fingers* I win this one. I really want to read this book.

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  60. Elisquared said:

    I haven’t had a chance to read an of Morgan’s books but they are on my TBR list for sure!

    This is such an awesome giveaway; thank you!!!

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  61. Morgan said:

    ahhh this giveaway is amazing! I love Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, and I’m DYING to read her other 2 books. I’M SO EXCITED!!

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  62. Alexa S. said:

    I loved Since You’ve Been Gone! It’s such a great book, and definitely matches the caliber of Morgan’s first two novels. I can’t wait to share this one with my BFF!

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  63. Fidah said:

    I’ve not read any of Morgan Matson’s books but I do own Second Chance Summer!

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  64. Lauren Fuchs said:

    I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and I can’t wait for this to come out! Plus I have always wanted one of those cameras! I love photography and those are awesome!

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  65. Crystal Wu said:

    Yes i totally would love to read this book it sounds amazing!

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  66. Lilyan said:

    I’ve read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer and they we’re both AMAZINGGG. This summer I don’t have much planned except summer school D: but, I promised myself I will learn how to ride a bike. (i know it’s sad)

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  67. Britt said:

    I’ve been really wanting to read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer.

    I’m so excited to read, write, travel, and go to concerts this summer!

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  68. alicia marie said:

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but this one sounds like a great summer read and I’ll definitely be adding it to my list : )

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  69. Nicole M said:

    These books are just too cute and they would be PERFECT summer reads! 🙂

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  70. Sunshine Ybarra said:

    I want to win because my friends have told me that these books will help me boost my confidence and pop the bubble that surrounds me and stops me from being an outgoing person.I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I am planning on doing so this summer! I am looking forward to my Sweet 16. It’s going to be a blast because it’s going to be a pool party and all of my friends love swimming. I am also hoping on driving on down to California for a week to go shopping. 🙂 With the prizes I’ll have something to do instead of sitting around doing nothing. I love photography and the camera will allow me to take a picture right in the moment.

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  71. kelsey said:

    I can’t wait to read these books this summer!

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  72. Emma M. said:

    The mini carmera looks so cute!

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  73. Von P. said:

    Been wanting to get a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera! I badly need this!

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  74. Daisy R said:

    Looking forward to some reading time this summer! If I win, I’ll read the books, then donate copies to the local library. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Michelle said:

    I’m looking forward to reading these! Morgan Matson is great. Especially perfect for summer reading. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. Audrey said:

    Im in love with morgan matson! Her books are bloody perfect! Love to get a fujifilm to document all the things I’m going to do with my BFFS this summer

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  77. Medb said:

    OMG I just love Morgan Matson!! Her books are just so great and always give me this summer feeling <3 Pretty please <3

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  78. Marisa said:

    This books sounds so good! I love contemporary as well as her other books.

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  79. Samantha Lashley said:

    So soooooo excited to read these books!

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  80. Phyllis said:

    I love morgan matson so please choose me! I think you agree!

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  81. May said:

    This book sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to get my hands on it mwhahaha

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  82. Autumn said:

    This book sounds like an absolute summer read must. I adore books about best friends,and have heard great things about this book.

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  83. Soledad Ramirez said:

    I really want to win, the book sound amazing !

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  84. Lauren Doherty said:

    I’ve wanted to read Since You’ve Been Gone for a while, and also I’ve been looking everywhere for a good pair of heart-shaped sunglasses 🙂 Love your blog!!

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