Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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?
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?
Someone please inform me why SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE isn’t on the New York Times Bestseller List? Why isn’t it, people?! This is a serious question. This book was amazing. Simply amazing. I’ve dubbed it my favorite book of 2014 and we haven’t even gotten to fall yet. Yes, I loved it that incredibly much. IT WAS SO GOOD.
Let me back up a second and preface this review with this: Sarah Dessen is my all time favorite author and I was incredibly sad to have to embark on this summer vacation without a new Dessen book. It made me so very sad and I was searching, hoping, and praying for something along the lines of her style that would appease me and tide me over. Amy at The Girl Reads Books (@fiercelybookish) told me I needed to read this book so I went ahead and bought it. I was insanely busy over the next month and a half and didn’t actually get a chance to start it. When I finally did, it’s like there were fireworks going off in my head. THIS BOOK is the book I’ve been waiting for. This book is the epitome of a summertime read, my favorite type of book to read in the entire world. Amy, I wish I had stopped everything I was doing like you told me to and read it immediately. So I’m giving all you lovely followers the chance to not make the same mistake I did: go buy it and start it. Today!
Emily is attached to her best friend Sloane’s hip. She doesn’t go anywhere without her. So one day when Sloane magically disappears, Emily is at a loss. She’s not used to doing things on her own and really doesn’t have much of a true sense of who she is without Sloane. She gets a bucket list type checklist in the mail from Sloane a couple of weeks later (with no return address, of course) and that’s when Emily decides to put on her big girl pants and face the facts: Sloane is gone and this checklist could possibly lead to Emily finding her. Commence the awesomeness of this book. With the help of some unlikely new friends, she starts crossing things off Sloane’s list, one crazy item at a time. Not only does it give purpose to her summer, it also helps her become her own person.
Emily reminded me of myself in so many ways. I’m sort of the person who goes with what other people want to do, and unless my bffs are coming with, I’d rather just not go out and do anything. This is Emily. Matson does a fantastic job at making not only Emily, but all of the secondary characters relatable. Frank, one of the unexpected people Sloane starts to hang out with, is probably one of the most misunderstood people Emily goes to high school with. He’s supposedly Mr. Perfect who wants to help anybody and everybody with anything. But the more his character is revealed to Emily, we all realize that there’s a true, sweet, and funny person under that misconception. I don’t want to go into their friendship too much–that’s something you’ll need to read the book to find out–but I would do anything for a guy like him. Seriously.
I know that it’s almost fall (and this review is 2 months overdue) but you should go buy this right now if you haven’t. It’s a feel good, makes your heart happy book that you’ll find yourself wishing you could never stop reading.
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