Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
by Morgan Matson

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Published: May 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Coming-of-age, Romance, YA
Hardback: 449 pages
Rating: 5

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel 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. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. 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.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Zombie sighting:
I wanted to learn the zombie dance from "Thriller" and she wanted to learn the dance from London Moore's new video, the one that had sparked all sorts of protests from parents' groups.
-chapter 1, page 18

My two-bits:

Loved the gradual character and relationship development between the two main ones, Emily and Frank based on the tasks required on the summer to-do list.

And loved the transformation of friendship to love interest.

A road trip is also included in this story which was a fun way to see some bonding time.

Also, the mystery of Sloane and how Emily comes to terms with it works out well in the end.

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