Review | Since You’ve Been Gone | Morgan Matson

since you've been gone

Since You’ve Been Gone

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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?


This book has been on my to-read list since it came out and I’m so mad at myself for not having read it sooner! But at the same time, I think I read it at the perfect time for me. This book is so amazing, I can’t even begin to describe the feels. It’s so cute! Everything about this book is great. Honestly.

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it. Ambur, the blogger behind BurningxImpossiblyxBright and my co-worker, said the same thing. But believe me when I tell you to stick with it!! Here’s why: in the beginning, Emily’s best friend Sloane has left without a trace, and Emily is a little lost. For pages and pages, she just goes on about Sloane and how she has no one to come to her rescue. It gets tedious. But it was only because I stuck with it that I realized this wasn’t poor writing, but is in fact very intentional. You’re supposed to be able to look back and see that Emily’s weakness—maybe her biggest one—was always deferring to Sloane and putting herself in what I would call a “lesser” role. So I can’t tell you what page you’ll start to get into it on, but just trust me and keep on reading. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where you’re like, “Oh yeah, I see it now!” When that happens, let me know!

It’s a really good read for summertime too. I loved taking my lunch break outside with this in my hands, or relaxing after work on the back patio while I read this. It’s a really thick book but it’s not too dense, so it was perfect to read when I just wanted to escape. I can’t wait to read more of Matson’s writing. I’m, frankly, hooked! 😉


Link to Ambur’s blog here.

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