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…
I loved the list that Sloane left Emily though. Some of the items on the list were so vague I was beyond curious to find out what they meant. And when I did find out, I loved how personal they were. Since You’ve Been Gone isn’t your typical “list” type of book, where the main character methodically checks through a bucket list. All of the tasks Emily takes on are personal and challenging in certain ways. They force her to face life head on and she grows so much. I think that’s one thing that I loved so much about this book was the immense personal growth that Emily goes through. And yeah, she had help through the list and through Frank, but it was truly all Emily.
The romance was beyond sweet! Frank was dorky and adorable, and the two of them together were hilarious. He pushed her to step outside of her box, but did it in a way that wasn’t over bearing and pushy, it was just a friend supporting her when she needed it. All the other characters in the book were so well fleshed out, and it was a blast experiencing new friendship with Emily. I loved her family, quirky as they were and thought having Emily’s parent’s as play writers was awesome.
Basically everything in Since You’ve Been Gone was brilliant. Morgan Matson has become a force to be reckoned with in YA contemporary, and her look at loss in this book was a fresh look at something I thought had been over done before. It was all about personal growth, new friendships and opening your eyes to something new.