Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Simon And Schuster Books For Young Readers
Age Group:Young Adult
Summary: 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..
My Thoughts: I always end up loving all books written by Matson so when I got the chance to read this one, I jumped on it!
We are introduced to Sloane and Emily who have been best friends for a while. Sloane is adventurous and outgoing while Emily is quiet and usually in her own world. Sloane is a leader and Emily is a follower, sort of.
When Emily wakes up one day and Sloane is completely gone, she’s confused. Where did Sloane go? And then she finds a list left by Sloane of things Emily should do! I loved the list! I especially loved all the little things on it, including going skinny dipping and kissing a stranger, etc. I enjoyed watching Emily do all these things!
Emily also makes a new group of friends. I liked them all. But especially Frank. Oh Frank!!! Frank was such a sweet guy but he has a girlfriend so Emily doesn’t think much about being his friend (or more). She starts running with him and gets to know him pretty well. He also enlists himself in helping her complete this list, as does her new group of friends.
I really really enjoyed this one! I loved it! I loved the characters, I loved the list of things she had to do. And I loved all the time spent with Frank! And that skinny dipping scene was just too cute and so was the tent scene! This one was filled with so many cute adorable moments that made me gush.
And the moment she finds Sloane, wow! This one was so much fun and good!!!
Overall: Loved this one! Another winner by Matson! I always enjoy her stories so much! If you haven’t read all of her books, you need to now!
I loved Emily and Frank and all the side characters! I really loved the plot! And I was so fascinated with the list of things. I enjoyed watching her complete each and every one!
Wonderful story and great characters!
Cover: Seriously cute! I love their clothes and how they are just hanging out eating ice cream!
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