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Since You've Been Gone [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Matson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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…

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About the Author

Morgan Matson formerly worked as a teen book editor. Morgan is a lover of roadtrips, having crossed the USA three times ... so far, and a huge music fan, both passions that fed into her first YA novel Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. When not writing, she drinks far too much coffee, watches old movies, and plans out her next journey. She lives in California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442435003
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1H27E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect beach read! 19 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Since You’ve Been Gone is one of them books that I was highly excited for and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

The story follows two best friends; Emily and Sloane who have practically been attached to each other for the past two years. They do everything together and they’re constantly texting or calling each other when they’re not, so when Sloane and her family disappear Emily suddenly doesn’t know what to do anymore – she’s lost without Sloane. All Emily has got from Sloane is a list of ‘to do things’ that Emily is supposed to do over the over. The list includes things like apple picking at night, dance until dawn, hug a stranger, kiss a stranger – yep, the list goes on. But while Emily is out experiencing all this new things – including striking up a friendship with Frank Porter, Emily can’t wonder where Sloane is and she’s on a mission to find her.

Morgan Matson is one of them authors that knows how to write fun and lovable summer reads and Since You’ve been Gone is simply the perfect summer read – full of drama, hidden secrets, first love and a journey about self-discovery. What’s not to love?

With a bit of a slow to star, the story picks up after a handle full of chapter and soon, it was very hard to put this story down because I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery of where Sloane had gone. I really enjoyed the set up to Emily and Sloane’s friendship, the way Morgan gave us that little bit of insight just a little bit of a time. It definitely added to the excitement of the story. But I think what stood out for me the most were the moments that Emily and Frank had together. Yes, I did like Emily and Sloane’s friendship but I felt that Emily and Frank together we’re just too cute to ignore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just gorgeous 23 Jun. 2015
Wow! Excuse me while I worship at the feet of Morgan Matson and her beautiful prose, her perfectly imperfect characters, original plots and fabulous romance. I didn't think anything could come close to the perfection of AMY & ROGER but SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is a worthy competitor for my FEELS!!

Without a doubt, one of the best contemporary YA novels I've read in a long time, SYBG introduces us to Emily, who at the start of summer, seems to have misplaced her best friend. Flighty and free-spirited, Sloane has once again disappeared with no notice leaving Emily at a loose end. When a letter shows up containing a list of tasks as widely varying as can be from getting a job to skinny dipping, Emily hesitantly embraces the challenge in the hopes it will bring Sloane back. As Emily steps out of her comfort zone she discovers that she's also stepping out from her best friend's shadow and for the first time in years, is experiencing life as Emily and not that girl who is friends with Sloane.

I loved Emily, I recognised a lot of myself in her; the one who hangs back and lets the other more outgoing and interesting people take centre stage as I slowly acclimate to the situation. The harsh reality of suddenly being on her own is paralysing at first but slowly Emily learns that taking risks and believing in herself isn't as terrifying as she once thought. Making friends with Frank and Collins, two boys from school she would never have dared speak to before, helps Emily gain some confidence and with them and another new friend Dawn, they help her attack the list with gusto and make it a group task, proving to Emily that even without Sloane, she’s not alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars self-discovery, growing and changing 16 Jan. 2015
I received Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson from, Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for a review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings on the book.

Since You’ve Been Gone is the second Morgan Matson book that I have read. A couple of years ago I read Second Chance Summer and absolutely treasured it to pieces. Let me tell you, I felt the same way about Since You’ve Been Gone.

I love Matson's writing style. It draws you in and is entirely stunning - the way that she writes is incredible.

Since You’ve Been Gone shadows the story of Emily as she’s on her journey of completing the to-do list that her best friend, Sloane, left after she disappeared. Before Sloane, Emily was shy, didn’t do crazy things, and she barely talked to boys. Sloane brought her out of that shell though. With Sloane now off the face of the earth she leaves a list in her place, which would see Emily do some of the craziest things she has ever done.

I really do love Emily, and I really did connect with her more than I could have imagined. I found that Emily and I are really alike in characteristics, maybe it was just me and I could be all wrong but that really added to my reading experience.

I loved the whole concept of Since You’ve Been Gone. The idea pulled me in from the start and just kept pulling me further and further in. As soon as I started reading Since You’ve Been Gone, I could not put it down!

I loved going through Sloane’s list. The reader is able to witness Emily’s highs and lows, watch her as she becomes stronger and more independent. You were also able to see Emily not rely on Sloane like she did before.
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