Since You've Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson 
Pages: 446 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Sloane and Emily are the kind of friends you never see apart. For the past two years neither one has gone anywhere without the other, and the summer they have planned involved hundreds of sleepovers, mall trips, and days spent at the beach.

But the first week of summer comes and goes, and Sloane is nowhere to be found. Leaving nothing behind but a list of thirteen tasks for Emily to complete, it seems as if Sloane disappeared into thin air. Without Sloane, Emily retreats back into her shell. What is Emily supposed to do without her best friend for the summer? And where could Sloane have gone?

Then it hits her: if she completes the list, she may be able to figure out where Sloane went. What if Emily doesn't have what it takes to finish the list on her own? And what if Sloane doesn't want to be found?

My Thoughts:  I had so much fun reading this novel. Reading any of Morgan Matson's books makes me feel like I'm being told a story by one of my closest friends. Her characters are always extremely relatable, and she always catches and holds my attention from the very first page.

I loved Emily, Frank, and Collins. And as we got to know Sloane through Emily's flashbacks at the beginnings of the chapters, you realized that she wasn't all that she presented herself to be. At first glance it appears as if the friendship between Sloane and Emily is one-sided - as if Emily needs Sloane around, but Sloane is indifferent - but the more you read, the more you realize just how much both girls needed each other, even if Sloane didn't outwardly appear to rely on anyone.

This novel is one to look out for this summer. The moment I started I knew I wouldn't be putting it down until I was finished, and I was right. Without a doubt, one of my favourite reads of the year so far.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary lit and to fans who loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour as well as Second Chance Summer. A perfect summer read!

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