Since You’ve Been Gone | Book Review

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Publication: May 6, 2014 by Simon & Schuster


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 Thoughts:

Since You’ve Been Gone is the first book that I have read by Morgan Matson and let me tell you, I will definitely be reading more of her books. I seriously thought I wasn’t going to like it because the description on the back of the book did not seem interesting. However, when I read the first page I was instantly hooked.

Is it just me or do you also get the Kelly Clarkson song running through your head every time you see this book?


“All the stuff you can’t wait to get away from, until it’s not there anymore, and then you miss it like crazy.”

I truly enjoyed the plot of the story. It was fun and very adventurous. I have to say though… the beginning was sort of slow, but it eventually gets really good.


“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”

If I had to choose a character from any book that describes me the best it would be Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone. I cannot tell you how much she resembles me. From being the girl who is super awkward whenever she talks to anyone to the girl who has a best friend that is super outgoing and does all the talking. She is very reserved and shy. On the other hand, Emily’s best friend, Sloane, is very dynamic and charismatic. She basically is the girl that all guys turns their head to.

There are many other characters in this book and I have to say, I didn’t hate most of them. Matson did a really wonderful job at creating the characters.


One of my favorite things about this book is the writing style. I LOVED how each chapter was about the “dares”  that Sloane left for Emily to do. Very creative and very original. Props.


“And it was a kiss that felt like it could stop time.”

I’m not going to reveal who I ship so hard with who. But Let me tell you:

  2. ME. SHIP. HARD.


One thing that came to my mind when I saw the cover: TUMBLR.


The book was thick, but it was a fast read. You honestly will not be able to put down the book, every chapter is so fascinating. It was a great summer read, and while you’re reading it maybe you can do the dares 🙂 [I really fell for this book because of the characters and the writing style.]



What do you think? agree or disagree? read it? want to read it? Let me Know!


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