Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Source: Gifted from Jamie at Valia’s Page Turner (my #OTSPSecretSister)
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?
After the emotional, raw ride of The Underside of Joy, I needed something light and fluffy. Thankfully, this fit the bill without being annoyingly sweet or sappy. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised that the story focused as much (possible more) on the themes of friendship and understanding yourself when the lens of how others see you is removed than it did on romance.
This one hit me personally, because while my best friend never disappeared on me back then (thank goodness- I’d have been more of a wreck than Emily was), she did exit my life as adults, without explanation or warning. Life is, basically, a lack of closure, but it’s difficult when your rock drops out.
Emily felt very real, as did Frank (which, honestly, I think I went to school with Frank, although he was called Kevin back then and he was the king of the IB/AP courses). There were some bizarre and larger-than-life characters, but considering this is a contemporary YA, they served their purpose of adding color to the environment.
Overall, it was a sweet and swift read, pretty much perfect for summer. I recommend it for fans of YA contemporary stories, although I may be the last person in North America to have read this.