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REVIEW : Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Afficher l'image d'origineSince You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Publisher : Simon & Schuster (May 6th 2014)

Genres : Ya, Contemporary

Pages : 449


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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. 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...

This is my first Morgan Matson book. Since You've Been Gone was in every "Summer recommendations" I've watched/read so I thought, what the hell, let's read it. I knew deep down that I was going to like it.

But I didn't like it. I absolutely loved it ! This book has deserved its place among my favourites.

The story follows Emily, a not very social girl mostly known to be "Sloane's friend". One day, Sloane disappears and leave her with a list with thirteen tasks to do. In order to find her friend, Emily has to take it on herself and do all of them. No more chickening out  No more excuses.

I listened to it on Audiobook and I think it would be the greatest book to start with if you're new to the format. Suzy Jackson is amazing ! It's like she has multiple voices and she interprets the characters very well. She completely appropriated them. It was 8 hours of pure happiness.

Morgan Matson has a beautiful, fluid and light writing and now I understand the hype. She worked her magic on me and made me feel Emily's feelings as they were my own. 

As you can guess from the summary of the book, the character developpment is crazy. There really is a before and after the list. It's done so smoothly I couldn't even remember the Emlily from the beginning.

This book is about finding yourself, the real you beneath the shell and the author didn't leave the other characters out of this. Every single character has a purpose. And I loved all of them, especially Emily's little brother.

Then, there is the male interest, Frank Porter (Lys Porter sounds good, right ? Ahem !). It's not god-like gorgeous nor has big muscles that would make girls drool. He's not a bad boy and he's not rude. Actually, he's a very nice guy. For once, the nice guy gets the girl ! He's smart and strong-willed and did I say that I fell in love with him ?

reactions yes right whatever k

The romance is done with the exact right pace. I don't know how Morgan Matson makes it seem so effortless.

Anyway this book exceeded my expectations.



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Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 25/08/2016 16:03

I'm so glad you loved this one Lys! It is one of my favorite YA contemporaries. I love how Frank Porter isn't very hunky or ride. He's finally a male love interest that I would like in real life! Awesome review. :)

Lys 25/08/2016 18:57

Exactly ! Instead of making me dream he's making me hope, if that makes sense haha
Thanks ^^

Lauren @ Always Me 25/08/2016 05:52

Contemporary isn't my usual genre, but I'm really tempted to try this one! Great review!

By the way, I've nominated you for the Bookish Book Lover Tag.

Lys 25/08/2016 13:03

I think you'd like it, it's fast and a lot of things happen, you won't be bored ~
Thank you so much :D

Sam Frost 14/08/2016 02:17

I keep hearing great things (particularly regarding the romance) about this book! Contemp isn't my favorite genre, but honestly, I really do want to pick up either this book or another by the same author. Great review!

Lys 14/08/2016 17:09

I think you'd like it even though you're not a fan of contemporaries. The MC goes through a very exciting journey ^^