Review: Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

Posted May 2, 2014 by Andi in Books, Review / 5 Comments


Title: Since You’ve Been Gone [Amazon]
Author: Morgan Matson [website]
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Borrowed*/Paperback ARC
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
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? Ok, 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…

My Thoughts:
Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors. I first read her in 2011 with her debut Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Thoroughly enjoyable road trip book that was perfect for a debut. And then there was Second Chance Summer (review) which I read in 2012 and it gutted me. It was the first book that really made me cry the ugly cry in a really long time. And it is also to this day on my all-time favorite reads list. So basically I’ve been waiting two years for something new from Matson. I was beyond excited when I heard about Since You’ve Been Gone and even more excited after reading it because the book is straight up everything a book should be. I’m not even sure I have an adequate vocabulary to explain just how much this book means to me.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a book about, as cliché as it sounds, growing up and finding out how to stand on your own; how to be strong. Emily has always been the quiet, shy girl. Not one to make friends she has been invisible her whole life. That is until sophomore year when Sloane shows up. The two become inseparable. Sloane is everything Emily isn’t so their friendship works. And then one day Sloane is just completely gone and Emily has no idea what to do. With a summer of loneliness ahead of her Emily feels more lost then she could ever imagine. And then a list of things she should do shows up from Sloane and the whole look of Emily’s lonely summer changes. With the unexpected help of some unexpected people Emily starts to learn what it is like to do the hard things and how it’s okay to actually stand on your own.

No joke when I say this book is completely everything. I have never in my life felt so satisfied and good after finishing a book. Matson has this ability to suck you in on page one with her gorgeous writing, amazing story telling, and her relatable, likable cast of characters. And the cast of SYBG is more than likable. I basically fell in love with them all. Emily’s brother Beckett is awesome in a quirky 10 year old way. Then there is Dawn the unexpected connection. Collins the easy going guy that you want to hang out with. Frank one of the best guys in YA. Sloane who you know through flashbacks but doesn’t leave any less of an imprint. And Emily, the most relatable of the bunch, at least for me. Emily is a pretty good younger version of me. A lot of the stuff she was uncomfortable about are things I was uncomfortable about. Her awkwardness and over thinking her actions just lead to her likability. Not to mention how the character grew as the story progressed.

Actually Emily’s growth was really the most amazing part of the story. It didn’t happen overnight with an epiphany. It wasn’t some rushed job at the end. It was a gradual, natural thing that unfolded over the pages of the book and I loved that. It was organic and not forced and it was something you didn’t even notice was happening until you were all done and started to see where she started and where she ended. Basically it was fantastic and what made this book fantastic.

I could go on and on and probably would if I wasn’t scared to give something away that I don’t want to. Just know that this book made me smile a lot, get chocked up at parts and laugh out loud at other parts. When I read the last page I immediately wanted it to be longer and it was over 400 pages. It had everything I want in a book and it will forever stay with me. There is magic in the pages of Since You’ve Been Gone and you will be doing a disservice to yourself if you don’t read it. Simply put the book may be creeping up into my top ten best ever read list. Read it!

*I have pre-ordered my own copy and can’t wait to put it on my shelf!

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5 responses to “Review: Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

  1. I’m a little more than half way through. Really enjoying it so far. At first Emily’s character was hard for me to connect with. Then I started to feel sad for her, and the way she was so dependent on her best friend. And right now I’m at the point where I am so PROUD of her! She’s really branching out & standing on her own. Can’t wait to see where this all leads.

    Great review!

  2. […] Since You’ve Been Gone: Morgan Matson’s previous book, Second Chance Summer, hit me right in the feels. It was an emotional read of sickness and dying and moving on and second chances. But Since You’ve Been Gone seemed to get me even more. SYBG is the story of growing up and finding a place for yourself in the world without a crutch of an outspoken friend. Basically amazing! […]

  3. […] The Book Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson I have read this book and listented to it on audio and it is just such a great story about friendship and standing on your own. It is so easy to see a lot of yourself in both Sloane and Emily. And Frank??? Oh how I love Frank. In a well ordered universe everyone will have read this one. (You will understand that reference when/if you read the book!) Plus Morgan Matson is just awesome! Highly recommend it. My review can be found HERE. […]

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