Sunday, June 14, 2015

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

Since You've Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Number: 449
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
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?

My Review:
Why, hello! Long time no see :D

Since You've Been Gone was an excellent start to the summer. It was bright and beautiful, and the cover. Just admire it. I loved everything about everything in this novel, and the most important thing I learned from this story? Make sure your car has a roof so that water doesn't come spilling onto your iPod when it rains, disabling the loop function ;) Just kidding, just kidding. Friendships were the biggest part of this story, not romance, friendships, not family, but FRIENDSHIPS. <3 YA needs more of these books.

Emily and Sloane are best friends. But, what would you do if your best friend leaves right before what you thought was going to be the best summer ever? 

This book was hilarious and heart warming, it crushed my heart to pieces but somehow mended it as well, and it was the type of story I now know only Morgan Matson can do for me. The main characters were so amazing (except for Sloane, Sam, and Gideon), I loved how Emily discovered who she really was, and also discovered who every one of her friends really were. This book was really a book about discovery and I just loved it so so much. Frank is so cute and adorable, and asdkjfla;sdlfaj;sdflkaj;lksdfadsf, and smart and loving and caring, and omfg. Emily was really strong, instead of crying when she realized Sloane was gone, she set out to find out where Sloane had gone. I really liked how Emily even made more friends: Dawn and Collins, and Frank, of course. Emily's character development in this book was incredible. 

“He looked right at me as he gave me a half smile. "You're the brightest thing in the room", he said. He lifted his hand from my waist, and slowly, carefully brushed a stray lock of hair from my cheek. "You shine."

In conclusion, this book was beautiful and amazing and cute and heart breaking, but it's the little things that matter the most. And in a well ordered universe, everyone would read this book. 

Quoteable Quotes: 
“Nothing worth doing is easy. Especially not in the beginning. But I'm not about to give up.”  
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”
"I think it's harder to be the one left behind."
"In a well ordered universe..."  

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