TITLE: Since You’ve Been Gone

AUTHOR: Morgan Matson

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

PAGES: 464

PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers


GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson Book Cover - The Contented ReaderSynopsis:

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?


Another great book from the wonderful Morgan Matson. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I have been re-reading her books. This all started because of a recent opportunity I had to interview her and talk about her most recent book, Save the Date! I also had the chance to meet her recently at a local event.

While Since You’ve Been Gone is not my favourite Morgan Matson book, it is a solid and enjoyable read. I devoured it so quickly and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Since You’ve Been Gone focuses on the main character Emily and her summer without her best friend Sloane. Sloane happened to disappear at the start of the summer and leaves Emily with a list of things she should try.

Emily as a main character was great. At the start of the novel, she is reserved and laid back. This is largely in part because of a huge distinction between her character and Sloane’s personality. But, as she went through the list, she matured and expanded as a character, and I loved seeing it unfold.

Frank. Oh, lovely, lovely Frank. He is what I would call the All American boy. One that is not only kind and sweet but is great at achieving anything he sets his mind to. His friendship with Emily was slow-burning and was one that I have no complaints with. I thoroughly enjoyed how they leaned on each other and how he helped Emily with her list.

Sloane as a background character was good, although, she is not my favourite. While the flashback scenes helped provide information as to her relationship with Emily, I was not a huge fan of Sloane. I sometimes found myself wanting the flashback scenes to be over, so I could get back to more of Emily and her chance at completing the list.

Overall, Since You’ve Been Gone is an enjoyable contemporary read about the importance of finding yourself. Through a summer of firsts, anything can happen!

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

Favourite Quote

About the Author

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Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

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