Romance, friendship, mood, atmosphere, setting – these are all the things I look for in a perfect summer book. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is the perfect summer book, and oozes with all of these things and more.
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? Ok, 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…
One of the things that sticks with me most after reading Since You’ve Been Gone is the sense of place I feel about the book. Matson creates a true feel for the setting of this story, and I can easily picture myself in the places that Emily visits throughout her crazy summer: the ice cream parlor, the orchard, the beach at Frank’s house, the living room of her parents’ house. I am instantly transported to these places when reading Since You’ve Been Gone, and that’s one of the book’s most magical qualities.
It is certainly not the only thing that stands out about this book. Because, basically, I loved this book. Loved it. I loved the characters, and the depth they each possess, and the qualities they show, and the growth we witness in all of them (though especially Emily). Matson has breathed life into each of these characters, and they truly come alive within the pages of Since You’ve Been Gone.
I admit, I raced through this book faster than most. I finished the nearly 450 pages in less than two days — simply because I had to know what would happen next, but also because I just couldn’t wait to spend more time with these characters, in their world. But I truly wish I’d taken the time to linger longer, to savor each moment more — if only so I could spend more time within the book’s pages.
So savor every word, every moment of Since You’ve Been Gone. You won’t regret it. It’s in stores May 6th.