Review: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan MatsonSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 449
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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…

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Emily finds herself navigating the summer before senior year alone with out her best friend, Sloane. The ever confident, carefree beautiful girl who brings Emily out of her shell, they’re two peas in a pod who share every minute together. But Sloane is gone, yet with no explanation she is sent a letter of things to do during the summer. Emily is determined to finish it all just so she can have a clue as to where she is.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a memorable friendship book. Full of tears, laughter and adventures, both Emily and Sloane will remind you that no one is perfect and life is better with a friend by your side. I wish there were books on friendship that had everything in a tiny package, and this was the one exception that had it all. This was probably one of the cutest friendships I’ve ever read before. It felt so real and true. Even though we don’t see much of Sloane, I felt like she was there.


The introduction of all the boys felt so crazy because they all came at the same time. The random looks they gave each other leads you to believe something else is up. So the little clues were a good lead-up to the ending. There is one part where I wasn’t a fan of..The cheating aspect..I don’t know what the result of that was, but I’m guessing they forgave each other. Ahaha my favourite part was chapter 12, the skinny dipping dare was the funniest and so brave of her.

hugs book I can’t even begin to form words for a review. This is the cutest book about friendship, a bit on family and a cute romance. There’s nothing better than reading about an introvert who is super shy and just so happens to have an extrovert best friend. This is one you want to talk about with your own best friend. Definitely buying a copy so I can add it to my collection.. What a start to 2015, a 5/5 book already 🙂


Morgan Matson has a way with story-telling that makes me want to go and grab all her other books because she is becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors right now! Run, don’t walk and get this book, you won’t have any regrets.


You have such princess hair. Anyone can have short hair. (116)
Nothing worth doing is easy. Especially not in the beginning. (159)
I knew what it was like to come home a d have nobody be worried about you, or asking about your day. All the stuff you can’t wait to get away from, until it’s not there any more, and you miss it like crazy. (186)
You’re so scared of things sometimes, and for no reason. (273)
I acted without thinking first, without running through possibilities and outcomes, and just did. (310)
I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway. (322)
You’re the brightest thing in the room. You shine. (337)
It just gets hard, always being someone’s second choice. (373)
I know things might not work. And I know it’s scary, but the things that are worth it are. It feels right. (440)
She was my heart, she was half of me, and nothing, certainly not a few measly hundred miles, was ever going to change that. (444)

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  1. teenagewriter

    February 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Breanne

    January 23, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Fantastic Review! I loved this book so much as well! Its amazing!

    • giselle

      January 24, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      It’s a favourite now! So good

  3. Lisa @Books in the Burbs

    January 12, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Fantastic review!! I love the way your wrote your review with pics of the book pages throughout! LOVED the progress screen shot! I loved it all 😀

    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Thanks so much Lisa! I really enjoyed this one so much 😛

  4. Megan McDade

    January 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    I have this book to read I am looking forward to it.

    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      YAY! I hope you like it. It’s on my favourites list now

  5. Joycedale Chapman

    January 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    That skinny dipping scene had me laughing till tears ran. Definitely my favorite part of the book.

    • giselle

      January 12, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Hahahah mine too. Oh my god it was so embarrassing and funny

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