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...
For the past two years, Emily and Sloane are best friends. That is, until Sloane disappears without any warning. Emily is lost without Sloane. Sloane's the social one, Emily's the shy girl. And now that Sloane is gone, Emily doesn't know what to do. But then, the list appears. A list of 13 crazy, risky things that Emily would never dare to do. But what will happen if she follows the list?
It is official! Morgan Matson is now one of my all-time favorite authors! I have read, and adored, both Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour! Now I can add Since You've Been Gone onto the list!
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't that excited about this book when I first saw it. Just based on the synopsis it just didn't seem like my kind of book. But I picked it up anyway, since I loved Morgan's other books. And boy was I wrong about this not being my kind of book! I adored this book!
One of the amazing things of this book was how Emily changed throughout the book. At the beginning, Emily is the shy girl. There are scenes where she wants to ask something, but to scared to start a conversation with a stranger. There are also scenes where she stands around awkwardly because being social is not her thing. (I an relate to both of these things by the way. I am a shy girl as well) But when Emily goes outside of her comfort zone by crossing off things on the list, she becomes less shy and earns some friends along the way. And it's really amazing seeing how this happens. Thus bringing me to another thing that I liked about this book: How the list played out. I really liked the list and thought it was a really cute idea, but what I liked even more was how the list was not just "go do this". Sure, that's basically what the list said, but the way that Emily tried to do the things on the list played out in completely different ways than expected. That is what I loved!
I also want to touch up on the friendship between Emily and Sloane. At first, I did not believe that Emily and Sloane were truly best friends. What kind of best friend would leave without any warning? But as the book went on, I realized that they were absolute best friends and that Sloane, while I do think that her reasoning was stupid, she did have her reasons. All in all, they do have a beautiful friendship.
This was such a great read! Full with a fun, entertaining story along with an amazing character transformation and a beautiful friendship! I highly recommend this book and any book by Morgan Matson!
Meaning: A new favorite!!