BOOK REVIEW: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Posted July 2, 2019 by wildandw in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW:  Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan MatsonSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase

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?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

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My Rating:  5 stars

Morgan Matson writes the most adorable stories!

As with most things, I was late to the Morgan Matson party.  I’m working my way through her backlist, though — slowly but surely.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a complete delight!  This is an incredible story about friendship and becoming your own.  I absolutely adored it!

THE LIST!  What a fun plotline!  I really enjoyed how the list helps Emily to step out of her comfort zone and brings new friends into her life while she struggles with missing her best friend, Sloane.

I also really loved what develops between Emily and Frank.  I wasn’t expecting to like Frank as much as I did, but he completely won me over!

The highlight of the book for me is Emily’s character development.  She begins so unsure of herself and is ridiculously awkward.  She seems so dependent on Sloane!  But, Emily has a fantastic arc, and really comes into her own by the end!

Overall, I loved Since You’ve Been Gone and YA Contemporary fans who enjoy friendship and family at the forefront of stories will too!  It’s light and fun and perfect for the summertime — I definitely recommend it!


Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.

(Author Website)




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