Posted in Young Adult Lit

Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson

18189606Since You’ve Been Gone
Morgan Matson
2014 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN – 9781442435001
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

It has been two weeks since Emily’s best friend Sloane, just up and disappeared. She won’t answer Emily’s calls or texts, and she isn’t at home either. Then Emily receives a letter from her friend, and all that is enclosed is a list. It is a list of fun, wild, and outgoing things for her to do. Emily thinks that by completing this list, she will find the answer to where Sloane went. The first item she decides to cross off takes her to an ice cream shop in which Sloane has gotten her a summer job. Throughout the summer she makes new friends and realizes that she can come out of her shell and be happy, without being forced. Just because she is finding herself doesn’t necessarily mean she will find Sloane.

I liked the positive message that was put forth in this book. Throughout most of the book, I wanted to hunt down Sloane myself, and punch her in the face. She was horrible, self involved, conceited, and thoughtless. I did like Emily. Who can’t relate to feeling left out and alone? However, in the beginning I felt like she was just a little bit too pathetic. I enjoyed reading through the process of her growth. It was realistic. I didn’t happen over night, and when the book was over it wasn’t completely finished either. I liked that with each task on the list she evolved more and more as her own independent character. She began to believe in herself just a little bit more with each zany activity. I thought the list was well thought out, without being over thought. Not every item was life changing, but each one did push her beyond her comfort zone. It was in going outside her comfort zone that really helped her grow.

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