Book Review: Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone
By: Morgan Matson
100% out of 100
Teen Book
449 pages

Blurb:
Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hellogiggles.com says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.
Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?
Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

What I Thought:
I absolutely loved the characters.  I loved Emily's voice in the narrative.  I particularly loved how she did some things.  Emily had to attempt to do things that were on the list several times, such as the horseback riding.  Emily could also do some things on the list that scared her on her first try, such as kissing a stranger or going skinny dipping.  ( With some of her friends pushing her in that direction.) I also liked how the list brought Emily to do so many new good things, like making new friends, conquering her irrational fears, and becoming closer to Sloane.  I think I fell in love with Frank Porter the second time I met him in this book.  He was one of the best characters I have ever read about.  Frank is one of those people who seem so perfect at first, but when you really get to know them, you then know that they are one of the most caring adorable people you will meet. Frank Porter is one of those fictional boys you want to magically turn real so you can steal him from the main character.  I also loved Emily's family.  My brother is so much like Beckett. He is so different from me, but I still love him so much.  I feel like when I am older and if I have kids, I will be exactly like Emily's parents were for the majority of the book.  I also love how realistically Morgan Matson portrays the writing process.  The writing was beautiful. The plot was fast, considering the concept of this book, but it felt perfect.  I also felt like the character development skyrocketed throughout the coarse of this book.

Summary of the Review:
Adorable, go read it!

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