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?
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?
First Sentence: The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Ever since I’ve started blogging, I’ve heard tons of great things about Morgan Matson’s books. I’ve been eyeing her books for awhile, but never had the time to read one of them even though I always wanted to try one. When I heard that Morgan Matson was writing a new book titled Since You’ve Been Gone and heard that the book was about a missing BFF, I automatically knew I had to read the book asap. Okay, I’ll admit it, the gorgeous cover of Since You’ve Been Gone certainly did help convince me to give it a try. Expectations were really high, even though I knew Since You’ve Been Gone would probably disappoint me since most contemporaries I read usually do. To my disbelief, I found myself really enjoying and loving Morgan Matson’s newest book. In fact, Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favorite 2014 books – it’s the second book I gave a 5-star rating to this year, Split Second being the first one.
I thought about telling him how it sometimes felt like I was only half there, without Sloane to talk to about what I was experiencing. How it felt like someone had chopped off my arm, and then for good measure taken my ID and sense of direction. How it was like I had no idea who I was, or where I was going, coupled with the fact that there was a piece of me missing that never seemed to stop hurting…(193-194)
I do not know how to start to describe my love for this book. Morgan Matson’s writing is simply amazing; there’s no other way to describe it. Morgan Matson manages to capture a teenager’s thoughts perfectly. Get this: while I was reading Since You’ve Been Gone, I just had to stop and think about how perfect and right Emily’s voice was. Her voice is just so real. Basically, Emily’s voice is 89% me (89% because of course we don’t have the exact same personality). I think the way Emily does – I’m insecure like her, want to be a loner unless it’s with my friends like her, and am nervous in crowds like her. Reading about Emily was like reading about me, only I was the one put in her situations. Most times, I just wanted to give Emily a hug.
And the romance! The romance in Since You’ve Been Gone was perfect. (Yes, I know I’m using the word “perfect” too much, but there’s literally no other word I can use to describe it.) I can go on and on and on about the romance. I love that the romance between Emily and Frank started off as just a friendship at first, then slowly built up until it exploded with feels. I was a messy blob of feelings by then because all I wanted was for them to get together already. There were definitely tons of giggles and lots of goofy smiles while I was reading Since You’ve Been Gone, something people riding on the subway with me can attest to. There’s no doubt that I definitely ship Emily and Frank together. In fact, Frank may be one of my new book boyfriends. I’ve always wanted a redhead book boyfriend (-wink wink-).
It seemed that somewhere between the arguments about the merits of ninja movies, he’d stopped being Frank Porter, class president, unknowable person. He’d stopped being a stranger, a guy, someone I didn’t know how to talk to. That night, in the darkness….he’d moved closer to just being Frank – maybe, possibly, even my friend. (196)
Another thing reading Since You’ve Been Gone did to me was it made me want to move away from New York City to Connecticut, the state where Emily and Sloane lives. I’m sure all of you guys are going all “whaaat?!” right now, but yes, I’m being serious here. The way Morgan Matson described Frank’s house made me go all “whoaaaa! I want to live in a house like that!” but of course, New York City don’t have houses like the one Frank lives in because New York City is a city. (I won’t tell you what kind of house Frank lives in – you guys will have to read the book and find out for yourself.) There is also a movie scene in Since You’ve Been Gone where people drive in to a large lot and watch movies in their car – a small-town version of a movie theater. I’ve heard about these kind of movie drive-ins and have seen them in movies, but Since You’ve Been Gone made me actually want to go somewhere where I can experience those kind of drive-in movies. It would be fantastic if I can.
I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it was something. It was from Sloane. Sloane had sent me a list. (28)
Overall, READ SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE. Yes, that had to be in all caps. I am just filled with love for this book. Contemporary lovers will love this book and non-contemporary fans would love this book too. I’m not really a contemporary fan (I dislike most contemporaries) and I absolutely loveeeeed this one. If you’re thinking about borrowing this one, don’t. Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely worth the buy, so hop out of your chair and go buy it! Anyways, BUY THIS BOOK, BUY THIS BOOK, BUY THIS BOOK. (Yes, I am totally trying to brainwash you guys into buying this book.)