Since You’ve Been Gone is the stunning and enthralling book by Morgan Matson.
Sloane was the one who pulled Emily out of her shell and made her life an interesting one. But right before what should have been the most epic summer of them all, Sloane disappears without a word. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
One the list are thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily wouldn’t normally dare to try. But what if doing all of these things meant bringing her best friend back? Who knows what she’ll find in the end?
I absolutely loved reading Since You’ve Been Gone. This is definitely one of my favourite YA contemporary books I’ve ever read. I loved every second of reading it. I think one of the things I loved so much about this book was just that it was a really easy, cutesty read. I wasn’t worrying constantly about whether certain characters would make it to the end of the book alive, which was relaxing. I was hooked from the very beginning and I could hardly bare to put this book down. It was absolutely stunning.
The characters in this book were all dazzling and unique. I loved spending time with all of them. Emily really grew as a person in this book. At the start, she would be constantly thinking of what Sloane would do. She wasn’t very confident and all she wanted to do was to complete the list, which she was hoping would lead her to Sloane. But during the novel, Emily became a braver person who was confident to talk to new people, make friends, and do things she never thought she’d do before. I loved watching her grow and confront her fears. By the end of the book, she was such an independent, outgoing person and I wouldn’t be able to recognise the old Emily if I hadn’t watched her become this new person before my very eyes. I like how she didn’t feel as though she needed to be with Sloane the whole time in the end and how she started to live as her own person. This journey I went on with Emily is definitely a journey I’ll remember for a long time.
I also loved the little time I spent with Sloane. There were some scenes in this book written from the past. I enjoyed reading them and seeing how Emily and Sloane got along. Sloane had such a vibrant, bubbly personality. She was so confident and she would push Emily to do things outside her comfort zone. I cannot explain how much I loved all the characters in this book. Frank, Dawn, Collins, Emily’s brother, Benji… They were all amazing people to spend time with. There were some really funny parts in this book, and also some extremely cute parts. I laughed, I cried… Everything about this book was perfect.
Another thing that I loved about this book was the plot. I liked seeing how some things that were mentioned early in the book were brought back into it later. People we met before often came back into the story. The things Emily had to do for the list was really amusing to read about. I really had fun doing these things beside her.
I only found one bad thing about reading this book, but I guess it’s not even a bad thing. But… this book made me crave summer. Really badly. Where I am right now, it’s winter. In this book, the characters were on summer holidays. They ate ice-creams, went to the beach, went to parties, and did so many other fun things that people do in the summer. I found myself wishing it was the end of the year so summer would finally be happening in the part of the world I live in. I even started writing a list of things I’m going to do over the summer. Nothing like Emily’s list from Sloane, but a list nonetheless. Minus the bit about kissing a stranger. And minus the bit about skinny dipping. I’m craving the warmth. I could almost feel the heat seeping through the pages of the book. I could almost taste the sweet summer breeze. I could almost feel the heat of the asphalt seeping into my feet. The descriptions in this book were utterly breathtaking.
Overall, this book is one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I can’t even find a proper fault in this book, that’s how amazing it is. It’s absolutely beautifully written, the characters are stunning and I completely loved the plot. I’m going to have to give Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson a score of 10 out of 10. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a cutesy contemporary!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!