Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Published: May 6, 2014

Format: Hardback

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?

The story began with Emily receiving a letter from her “nowhere-to-be-found” best friend, Sloane. It contained a list of all the things she should do to find her and a few adventures needed to develop their friendship.

As for the plot, it’s what I was expecting. The main theme revolves around friendship and I love how Morgan Matson wrote it. Her writing style is very expressive that I can easily imagine all the scenes.

The contemporary genre is not my forte but I definitely love this book. Well, at first, I was totally bored with it that I always fell asleep while reading it.

NOTE: I hope this doesn’t spoil anybody.

Emily Hughes. She is the main protagonist in this story. I can totally relate to Emily right from the very start. She is very introverted just like me and can only express herself with someone who she is very close with. Even in her family. She’s playing safe. She doesn’t want to try out something new however, I like her personality. She will do everything to find her best friend, even though it means going out of her comfort zone. I liked how she was developed through the story. I liked how her situations end up helping her to be better. All thanks to the list.

Frank Porter. Heck! I was restraining myself! I’m starting to be swooned by this character. Definitely a swoon-worthy character. He is too perfect! But, really, nobody’s perfect so this guy has his own drama in his life and I liked how he maintained himself and at the same time, absolutely better.

Matthew Collins. Another cute character! He’s the happy-go-lucky kind of guy. I love how he supports his best friend but he never forgets about himself. He’s selfish but at the same time, selfless. You’ll know what I mean.

Dawn (sorry I forgot her surname). She is the girl who Emily met accidentally. But I know “accidents” do not happen, it always has a reason. Still, she played a great role in her Summer, especially without Sloane. She was there when Emily have no one to talk to (well, her best friend is nowhere to be found).

I’ve read this book last year so sorry if I’m able to post my review of this book just now