Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book swept me off my feet. It was sweet, funny, and the perfect summer or spring break read. I loved the characters, and could relate so much to Emily. There is not one thing I would change about this book, I absolutely loved it. 18189606


Emily and Sloane are best friends and they have the perfect summer planned. Emily goes away for the weekend and comes back only to find that Sloane has disappeared. Her house is empty, she doesn’t answer calls or texts, and the only thing she left behind was a list. The list ranges from tasks like picking apples at night to kissing a stranger and going skinny dipping. Emily decides that the list will lead her to Sloane, so she spends her summer working through the list with some unexpected help from Frank Porter and some others along the way. She has no clue what she will discover at the end or who she will meet along the way.


Favorite things:

There’s a bunch of them, so I’m going to keep the comments short and sweet (or try to anyway).

The characters. Every character in this book, no matter how minor they are, are all very well developed. Each one was so unique, different, and very quirky.

The humor. This book was actually pretty funny. Emily isn’t a perfect character and there’s one scene at a drive-in theater that had me cracking up.

Emily. I could relate to Emily on so many levels. I could picture myself acting and feeling exactly like she did and that just made me love this book even more.

Her parents. They were the cutest. They are both play writers and have this passion and great hobby that they share. Can anyone say #relationshipgoals?

Friendship.  I went kind of back and forth on my feelings about Sloane. I went from wishing I had a friend like Sloane to feeling like she wasn’t the best friend ever. She leaves then doesn’t answer phone calls or texts (won’t go into the explanation for this because of spoilers). Not only that but I feel like in some ways she didn’t accept Emily for who she was. The whole list was full of things that Emily had either previously refused to do, or things she wouldn’t have done.  (So this next part may go against the popular opinion, but these are my thoughts.)While Emily’s and Sloane’s friendship sounded amazing, it really wasn’t healthy. I felt like Emily was codependent on Sloane, it was almost as if she couldn’t breath without being with her or telling her every little thing that happened. I was so happy to watch her grow apart from Sloane and become more independent. It was a really nice character arc that you (or at least I), haven’t seen done that often lately.

The playlists. Even though I didn’t know most of the songs on the playlists through out the book, I liked them and felt like it showed a lot about the characters.

The flashbacks. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that were in most chapters. They were really relevant to what was going on in the present, and they were the main way we learned about Sloane and Emily’s friendship.

The one conversation. There’s this one part when Emily spends all night talking to someone (won’t say who), and I loved how it was written. It perfectly depicted a night when you stay up talking to someone forever about everything.

Living Room Theater. Who wouldn’t want to get a bunch of friends together and do a play in your living room with no prep or anything? It would be awesome.

Some favorite quotes:

There  were so many parts and quotes throughout this book that I used up the last of my little sticky flags. I just bonded with this book so much, I loved it. Here is photo evidence of how many little flags I used. Nats iphone 506

“It was Sloane-you usually didn’t need more than that to have the best Wednesday of your life.”

“Maybe she didn’t do something big. Maybe she just told someone something.”

“You can’t just leave people behind because you think it’s going to be too hard to commit to a friendship. You can’t live your life that way.”

The quills:


Nope, like it’s pretty PG. I was so impressed by this.

Physical romance?

This was almost PG too. A few kisses, and there is one scene where a group of the characters go skinny dipping but it’s never graphic or anything. I appreciated this a lot.



Will you cry?


Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs.

I would give this book six if I could.

The author:

Morgan Matson, who I got to meet, but before I read the book so it didn’t count. She just happened to be on a panel I saw.




Have you read this book? Do you love it as much as I do?

Are you more like Sloane or Emily? Personally, I’m more like Emily.

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