Original book title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s, 449 pages
Original language: English
Year of publication: 2014
I have had this book on my bookshelf for a while now, but for some reason haven’t read it until now. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and thought the plot seemed interesting.
It was Sloane, who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. Emily hopes that if she finishes Sloane’s list she will find out where her best friend is.
In the beginning of this book Emily is incredibly shy, but she grows as a character the more you read. Morgan Matson has managed to capture all the feelings and insecurities that you can experience as a teenager in a good way. But like many other feel-good books, it’s predictable and sometimes quite cliché. Nevertheless, it is a good book with interesting characters.
In almost every chapter, we get a flashback on Emily and Sloane’s friendship. There you can read about how their friendship really was. The mystery of Sloane’s disappearance keeps the excitement up and you wonder why she disappeared and if the list really will lead to her. Unfortunately, I don’t think Matson managed to complete Sloan’s story, because, according to me, her disappearance was not credible.
The best part about the book was how the characters grew and developed. They also felt real and it was easy to sympathize with them. What I had trouble with was the end. The ending was a bit too surreal and left more questions than answers. It simply fell flat and was unsatisfactory.
This is a summery feel-good book about friendship, love and daring to grow as a person. It’s an easy read with characters that feel real.