Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: 5/5/16
Reviewed by: Abby
If you’re looking for a quick and cute summer-y book, Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone is the book for you. While the basic story line may seem a little cliché, the book as a whole couldn’t be further from stereotypical. The basis of Since You’ve Been Gone relies on Emily and Sloane, the seemingly inseparable pair of best friends, about to start a perfect summer together. But after Sloane goes missing without a trace, Emily is lost and begins to shrink back into the shell that Sloane helped bring her out of. So when Emily receives a mysterious list from Sloane in the mail, full of crazy things that she has to do, she knows that she’s in for a more extraordinary summer than she would have imagined.
Throughout this book, the reader easily finds themselves connecting with Emily, who’s trying to find her friend while also finding more about who she is without her other half, Sloane. It’s a touching story of self-discovery and betrayal, but has enough excitement and light-hearted things to check off on the list that it definitely can be considered a beach read.
The only thing that I didn’t like about Since You’ve Been Gone was the ending. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the way that the book ended felt pretty abrupt to me, and I felt like the readers never get a full resolution and are still left hanging a bit. Overall, I would completely recommend this book to anyone looking for a light and fun summer book!