Since You’ve Been Gone is a perfect book for summer reading. At first glance, I thought it was a really long book. Yet, but the time I passed the 400th page, I was begging for more than the 49 pages I had left. The book made me want to read more of Morgan Matson’s works. Owning Since You’ve Been Gone made me feel like a champion, not only because of a great bargain purchase (books are expensive bruh), or because the well deserved raving on many social platforms. This book inspired me to make my own bucket list for the summer. The feelings of the characters will come to be your own feelings. In short, you need to sprint to your local bookstore and buy this book due to the amazingness it is.
For the first two chapters, I couldn’t connect with Emily. She was too shy to interact with new people, relying on others too much, and she doesn’t really do what is needed to do, even if it for her benefit. She was a terribly sad character to read about, and while two chapters may sound short, it was really about 80 pages or a sad protagonist. After those terrible 80 pages, she grew so much! Amazing character development! Emily thought that if she actually crossed everything off this list, it would bring her closer to where Sloane ran off to. Yet, what the list really did was bring Emily out into the world. Breaking her out of the shell to learn how to live and enjoy her life without becoming In Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily (the sad-but-now-amazing-protagonist) thought that if she actually crossed everything off this list, it would hint at and bring her closer to where Sloane (the best friend) ran off to. Yet, what the list really did was bring Emily out into the world. Breaking her out of the shell to learn how to live and enjoy her life without becoming dependent on a select few. I loved it.
“It just gets hard, always being someone’s second choice”
Sloane was kinda a dick for not even CALLING before disappearing. She couldn’t even tell the truth afterwards. They [Sloane and Emily] told each other everything, why couldn’t Sloane confide in this? Their friendship was sweet, but when it came to boyfriends, Emily came second. SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS! They had such a great friendship, but it all crumbled and all that remained was this list which gave Emily comfort in her skin, new experiences and much better friends.
“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what. The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home. And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”
Dawn, Collins and Frank became the new group of friends for Emily. They were amazing characters. I loved them all, and if I may place a special spotlight on Frank, who made this book 500% better with the quality of this terribly fine character. (If you have read None Of The Above by I. W. Gregorio, then he will remind you of Darren. Please comment blow if you read None Of The Above (Both are amazing swoon-worthy characters.)) Dawn, Collins and Frank are friends you are friends with.
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”
The side characters of this book are just as loveable as the one with more page-time. For example Jamie at the gas station. Lest we forget, Emily’s little brother, he was the sweetness to the sun.
Plot-wise, Since You’ve Been Gone was a very well structured, humorous book with memories thrown in at all the right times, where the whole story line is perfectly pieced together. The book most definitely not a cliche, nor a contemporary focused on the romance, but friendship and new experiences with just the right amount of romance to make this book skyrocket onto your favourites shelf.