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Since You've Been Gone Review3:30 AM
Author: Morgan Matson Published: May 6th, 2014 Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of...
Published: May 6th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
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?
Things I Liked:
There is so much to love about this book. The characters are WONDERFUL. Emily, our main character, has an actual family. I rarely see that in a YA novel. Her parents are in her life, and though they were slightly detached, they are still her parents and ever present and PARENTING, and also their own people with lives. Same goes for her brother- he was annoying, but in that brotherly way where you want to scream but you love them at the same time.
Now about Emily- I relate to her on a huge level. She's painfully awkward when interacting with people. Relies on her friend as a crutch in social situations. She's the accessory friend, also known as the one nobody recognizes without her best friend Sloane around. She is associated with Sloane and isn't her own person. I used to be that person! For a really long time. So reading about Emily, and how she gradually bursts into the spot light warmed my heart. I was so happy for her.
The biggest thing about this book that I loved were the characters and how they interacted. Their friendships won me over. Other things I loved were- the list, country music (it's nice seeing it a something other than what people collectively hate), Gas Station James, Emily's disgusting junker car, Skinny Dipping scene (DAWN IS SO CUTE), and the friggin emotions when Emily's world falls apart. It HURT to read. I cried hard.
Things I hated:
Emily: unrealistically awkward? Sometimes I wanted to shake her like OMG JUST RESPOND TO THAT PERSON IT'S NOT THAT HARD IT WAS A YES OR NO QUESTION.
The whole Sloane and Sam relationship... and how things went down with Gideon... It's difficult to state what I hated without going into spoilers. Just, people, treat your friends better. Pay more attention to the feelings of others. Please.
Also for the past few weeks, I've been wondering why Since You've Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson has been stuck in my head.... turns out every time I read the spine of this book I'd get the tune going in my noggin. I'm so glad to finally return this book to the library and GET THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD.
Buy it. If you're a shy person who's the accessory friend, pick this up and READ IT AND LOVE IT! If you love swoon worthy love interests, well then prepare to swoon. Like good side characters? Friggin read the book.