Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My third and final Morgan Matson book, and it was as good as the rest. Morgan Matson is a wonderful writer, and I can't wait for her next book to come out in Summer 2016. Since You've Been Gone is about a girl named Emily. For years she has had a best friend named Sloane. The summer before their senior year of high school, Sloane disappears from Emily's town. The only thing she leaves for Emily as a clue is a list of 13 things for Emily to do that summer. Some of the things had meaning, like riding a horse, and others were useless, like hugging a Jamie. While Emily tries to complete the list, she learns about herself. Will Emily finish the list, and will she find Sloane? Read this heartfelt novel for yourself to find out.
I liked the character development. Emily started out as a shy girl, but ends up more brave. She learns she doesn't have to be Sloane's shadow. Everyone is their own person, and we each have our own personality. There is a side character named Frank. He is originally characterized as a smart teacher's pet sort of boy, but also evolves. Emily and Frank become good friends and learn they have a lot in common. They also have a complicated romance. It wasn't exactly a love at first site thing, but a realistic and roller coaster romance. The setting is wonderful. Both of Emily's parents are play writers. That represents a parent who doesn't have a lot of time for their kid. I liked how the characters seemed set from the beginning. They all had good strong backgrounds. There is so much you can learn from this book. Nobody is exactly who you think they are. Similarly, things can be different than they seem. One of the better parts was that I think I caught a reference to Second Chance Summer.
. Overall, this is a great book with a awesome meaning. I give it 5 stars.
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