Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult

Published: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

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“All the stuff you can’t wait to get away from, until it’s not there anymore, and then you miss it like crazy.”



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? Wait… what?

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? Um…


3 of 5 stars to Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


This book is your typical young adult: shy girl trying to brave the ‘world’, discovering herself, carpe diem-ing and all that stuff. There is nothing really special about it, no aspects in the story I haven’t read before. I am somehow  disappointed because I expect a lot from this author who wrote one of my favorite books, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. It can be one factor why I only gave it a 3.

It was an okay read. I was to give it a two but I changed my mind. There were some redeeming qualities about it anyway. The narration was good but I couldn’t say the same for the dialogues as I found the characters exhibiting the same manner of speaking despite the age and gender difference. I was really annoyed by Emily’s (main character) seemingly dumb answers when she’s asked a question. I thought I’d go insane every time she muttered, “Oh.” That gave me a slight anxiety.