Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published May 6th 2014 by 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? (Goodreads)
This was a completely lovely and unexpected story that centered around a list of embarrassing, difficulty, sometimes challenging to-do’s left behind behind Sloane, Emily’s best friend. While Emily was the lead in the story I was drawn in by Sloane. I completely relate and understand her.
Things I loved about this book: Sloane, Frank, the list, the playlists (!!), the conflict of Emily finding herself, the mystery in Sloane’s disappearance, the cover, and dust jacket art.
Things I didn’t love about this book: What happened to the play Emily’s parents were working on? What happened to Dawn? Collins? Emily challenged herself as she sets out to complete the list Sloane left for her, but she remains naive. Some parts felt useless (what was the point of EMily having a brother? the parents story?)
All in all I really liked this book. I would definitely recommend it! Perfect for the upcoming summer (wishful thinking).
Characters- I think I liked Sloane better than Emily, which is problematic. Emily even once she got over the hurdle of Sloane not being there still seemed naive. I liked her just not as much as I liked Sloane. Maybe it was a reader error and I just identified/related to Sloane more than Emily. Loved Frank’s character. It also had a good bunch of friends and family too.
Setting- Decent enough.
Plot- This was the best. Nice use of the list to head chapters and propel the story forward.
Conflict- this was another good bit. Not only was Emily’s best friend missing, but she had a list to do and Emily had to grow up.
Resolution- I liked the ending well enough, but there were a few things that never got resolved….what happened to Emily’s parents play? What happened to Collins? Dawn?
An epilogue would have been a welcomed addition!
Characters-4 Setting-4 Plot-5 Conflict-5 Resolution-4