I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!! Friendships and all their nuances. A shy girl coming into her own. I’m such a sucker for these types of stories.

Sloane and Emily are best friends. When summer arrives, Sloane and her family have disappeared. Emily has no idea where her friend might be, but then Sloane mails her a to-do list. Hoping that completing the list will lead her to her friend, Emily embarks on an unexpected summer adventure.

I listened to the audiobook version and was enthralled. Suzy Jackson did a wonderful job emoting Emily’s feelings. I could feel her loneliness and understand where she was coming from. It’s difficult to fill a void when you’ve made your friend your world. And I know what it’s like to let fear consume your life. But Emily, with a little help from her friends (ha!), manages to come out of her bubble. 

This book made me incredibly happy. The story is predictable. (I could foresee the ending miles away). But I enjoyed listening to Emily tackle Sloane’s list. One thing I didn’t like, is how everything Emily says starts with “oh, um…”. I understand that she doesn’t have the best social skills. But really? I have yet to meet a shy person that begins almost every sentence that way.  

Okay, it is a perfect light summer read. Now I really want to go on a roadtrip, so there’s that. Maybe I should make my own list… Oh! And hello Frank Porter! 😉 

In a well-ordered universe, I would spend my summer rereading this book!!!

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Challenge update: 26/40(*50)

Prompt: a book with song lyrics in the title 


7 thoughts on “Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

  1. Omg, I’ve been debating long and hard whether to read this book and then wrote it off because it felt like I identified more with Sloane than Emily. If there are some definite out there adventures in it, then I definitely want to read it. Emily does sound really lovely as well.

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    1. Sloane is a good friend. She wants Emily to get out of her comfort zone and allow herself to have some fun. So she makes these lists. Ah, it’s great. It’s a nice look at friendship. It’s a little bit cheesy but I gobble that stuff up haha.

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