Since You’ve Been Gone

A Novel by Morgan Matson

Synopsis: Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Wait…what? Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Okay, so it was decent. It was a cute light summer read, something that you don’t have to pay a lot of attention to, a nice mindless beach or park read. So that made it a really good book for me to read every evening while picking up my kiddos from school.

I’m going to go ahead and say it, I’m not a fan of playlists in books.. I’m not sure why, I just find them so pointless.. like, I honestly don’t care what they’re listening to. That doesn’t change the outcome or the plot of the story for me, and half the time I don’t even know the songs. I’m never sure if I’m supposed to like find the songs and play the playlists while reading? Because honestly that’s not going to happen.. I’m just, not a fan.

The summer/bucket list idea was a fun whimsical way to get her out of her shell, I liked the concept of that. But the fact that her friend just disappeared without any warning or any reason and just leaves this damn list.. I mean even a letter saying that they moved or something would have been acceptable. There were a few things on the list that were a little bizzare, and I couldn’t help but feel like Solane was just a totally horribly shitty friend. I’m surprised that Emily even still wanted to be friends with Sloane and was so determined to find her because honestly, crappiest friend ever.

Then there was the relationship situation.. It started out super wholesome and if the dude was single during the book I wouldn’t have an issue, but it’s the fact that he practically started feeling things for her while he had a girlfriend that annoyed me…yes technically they grew apart, they broke up, he fixed it I guess, whatever. But still. I think that all could have been written better and differently so that it didn’t make them seem like cheaters.

Overall it was a cute and decently fun story, I’d say it’s worth the read this summer.

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