Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Book Review #1

Since You've Been Gone
So I read a highly recommended (Booktube) book: Since You’ve Been Gone by -Wait For it!- Not Kelly Clarkson. It is by Morgan Matson.

I honestly thought this book was good in the beginning. It started off well. Intrigue. Where did she go? A letter? What?! Let me give a Good Reads synopsis, so you can get the basic gist of what I am going to discuss.

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…

Yes! See this entire synopsis was what grabbed me and it did, at first.Emily is your typical teenager with two parents who are play writes, with a daredevil little brother (Really, the kid climbs walls with no harness…freaking crazy!) However, Sloane is different from Emily, she is more worldly and extroverted compared to Emily. The issue I had with this book was the dependency Emily has towards Sloane. I can totally understand worrying about your friend, but when she relieved that letter, you would think she would take it and go on the adventure Sloane laid out for her. She does, but with so much hesitation that I absolutely could not help but cringe and groaned with pain. She didn’t know how to be by herself. She lacked independence. Even when she was accomplishing these (simple) tasks she had help or an ulterior motive (to find Sloane and bring her back). It didn’t feel like she was understanding it until towards the end. The book was good, I just had issues with her independence. The relationship between her and Frank was nice, but I read better. Would I read this again? No. Not really into it.

I would rate a 3 out of 5 stars. It was a nice read, but nothing to brag about, unless you can relate to it and as a 26 year old who is an introvert, but fearless I can’t…then again I had to this place in my life someway. So give a go!


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