Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Posted August 9, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

by Morgan Matson
Published on May 6th, 2014
by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer

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.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

5 Stars

Wow, I loved this book even more the second time around. So much more that it is now in the running as my favorite MoMa novel! I’m sad that my MoMa reread is over but man, her books are still just as great as the first time I read them.

Just a few bullet points to sum up the awesome:

  • Emily’s identity is in being Sloane’s best friend but without Sloane there, she really  has to come out of her shell which was beautiful to read. I really loved how Morgan wrote Sloane’s character, you could tell that Sloane cared about Emily even as she was gone.
  • She is so easy to relate to! Literally, she is the common teenage girl. I had a dominate best friend for my ninth and tenth grade years and I was known as “the friend” and it sucked. It was nice/hard to read about someone in my similar situation but I enjoyed seeing her grow from it and remembering my own growth.
  • The list was so fun! It really got the book moving and it was just a whole pot of awesome sauce.
  • Frank was a great character. Morgan has said multiple times that Frank is her favorite and I really fell hard for him this time around. He’s just such a good guy!
  • I loved how Emily let other people help her with the list and how it fueled lifelong friendships.
  • It was probably Morgan’s swooniest book, to be honest. 
  • It’s just a really great coming-of-age story that’s set in the summer.

Everyone should go read it now. 🙂


About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan’s three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW “Flying Start” book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Her third book, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.

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