17 Aug 2017


Book Review / Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

Published:     6th May 2014
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library



What I liked about this story...  I kept hearing about this book everywhere so I thought it was time to pick it up!  This one has been on my wish list since it came out!  This was a really fun read.  Right from the beginning we are in the same position as the main character, Emily, when we find out that Sloane has disappeared.  Up until this point Sloane was the person who brought Emily out of her shell and helped build her confidence.  Now Emily is on her own and not sure if she can do this on her own.  Sloane hasn't left her completely high and dry.  She left a to do list for Emily to follow.  What I enjoyed the most was following Emily as she decides to complete this list. 

What I didn't like about this story...  Firstly, Emily's parents...   Emily's parents are script writers and when the writing bug hits it seems that they no longer care about looking after children (and from what it seems no longer care about looking after themselves much either) and its not the first time this has happened.  Morally, I don't agree with that.  When you have children, they should come first.  For someone to just drop all responsibility to focus on one thing and that one thing is not their children.

Lastly, I really didn't like the ending.  It was just kind of blah.  Emily goes through a lot that summer and the ending just didn't live up to the excitement of the rest of the story.