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My name is Kate, I am an 18 year old college student majoring in English, I live in the Philippines. I am obsessed with reading books and with music; I play guitar and sing.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Publication: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster


Goodreads Synopsis


The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one 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. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…




5 out of 5 stars!

I am in love with this book and at this point, I vow to read every Morgan Matson book ever published. She has this way of writing something that is about adventure, friendship, and romance. She makes such a cute story without it being too cheesy or very unrealistic.

I loved how the plot focused on completing a list and was super pumped to see how Emily would do them knowing that she never had the confidence to do any of it. I also loved the idea of the exchanging of playlists found in this book; I think it added more color to their adventure.

I can really relate to Emily’s personality. She’s very shy, socially awkward and was overshadowed by her best friend’s fame. Like her, I used to be referred to as *insert best friend’s name here*’s friend. I was laughing most of the time with the way she reacted to different situations around her because I know that it was exactly the way I would act if I were in her position.

It was really fun to watch her grow out of her comfort zone and be her individual self. She put herself out there so much throughout the book and I felt so proud of her.

This definitely was not about Sloane and Emily’s friendship but rather it was about Emily’s self-discovery. It was really a fun journey to see her doing all of these crazy and fun things, and also about the new people she befriended along the way.

I loved everything about this book! The first two chapters were a bit slow-paced but damn, power through it and you’d find yourself not wanting to ever put this book down. Highly recommend it. It’s the perfect summer read (even though I read it sometime this January).


Review also posted on my Goodreads account