Herro everyone!!! My name is…complicated, but you just call me Andy. I’ll be giving you reviews of the latest books in the YA genre.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one 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. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
This book I REALLY liked, it’s beautifully written and it just screams out SUMMER! It’s incredibly relatable, the characters are not cliché (something that tends to happen in contemporary books), they feel real and, throughout the book, the grow in a realistic way. Why 3.5 hearts then? Even though it’s a super sweet, amazing what-a-contemporary-book-should-be-like. it sort of loses itself towards the end, it starts getting really slow and the ending itself…disappointing to say the least.
Everything starts with Emily coming back from a trip with her parents, only to realize that, Sloane, her best (and only) friend, is gone, pff, kaput. Her house was emptied out and she’s not answering her phone anymore.The thing is, Emily was super shy, lonely and weird before Sloane took her out of her shell, but now that she is gone, that weird Emily is back.
A little back story, every time either one of them went out on a trip, the other would give her a list, and a few week after Sloane is gone, Emily gets a list, a list that she is sure will lead back to Sloane.
That’s basically it, Emily managing to do everything in the list and dealing with her awkwardness and meeting (awesome) new friends in the way.
There is, of course, a love interest, and something I love about their relationship is that it’s not instalove, it takes time for both of them, it feels real.
This book it’s all about, moving on, growing up, real friends and finding yourself. That bad ending I was telling you about, not bad enough for this book to not be in my 2014 favourites.