3.5 Stars


Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 449


Reaction upon Reading: Why do so many people love this book?

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what. The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home. And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

“It just gets hard, always being someone’s second choice”



  • Emily
    • She takes the list for more than what it is and grows as a person 
    • She make quality relationships outside of the list


  • Long chapters!
    • I like short ones where I can just quickly finish one more before bed…not this book. I hate stopping in the middle of a scene but sometimes I just had too
  • Slow
    • This book took a very long time to get going
    • I didn’t really connect with any of the characters so I didn’t care too much about the build up 
  • The most overused trope in a high school/college romance
    • Boy has long term girlfriend who the whole town believes is perfect for each other. He is put in a situation where he plays knight in shining armour for the quiet/shy/reserved girl. He starts developing feelings for her and discovers she is who he wanted all along…but wait HE STILL HAS A GF! 
  •  Sloane
    • In what world would a best friend leave without saying anything and then actively choose to not answer her phone or have any communication with her friend?
    • I don’t feel sorry for Sloane when the reason is revealed to why she left, it felt like karma

“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”

Reactions, Ramblings and Questions:

  • Slow and boring!
  • But…is Dawn still friends with her?
  • What about Collins?
  • Do the friendships she spent all summer investing actually pan out
  • Where is the closure?
  • What happens next?
  • Nothing feels resolved at all

“4. Date someone who’ll wait to make sure you get inside before driving away.”


Overall Feelings:

I started this book without even reading the synopsis. I had seen it on tons of blogs and on instagram with people saying it is one of their all time favourites. I figured why not give it a go. Well… I can not understand why this book has so much hype surrounding it. Morgan Matson is an author I constantly see being praised for her writing but this one just fell short for me.

Maybe I am getting to old for high school books…no, I take that back. I love them when they are done well. This one was was riddled with cliches and overused stereotypes. I was hoping the book would end with Emily realizing her own self-worth and discover that Sloane was not a great friend. She puts things on the list that are dead no to Emily like the ‘Penelope’ task. What?!? There are far to many things that just didn’t make sense. Emily was an amazing friend…almost a door mat and this book just didn’t resolve any of those issues.

Yes it is a cutesy summer read about friendship and love…but it is also slow and incredibly frustrating.

I don’t want this to turn into a rant so I am going to end my review here. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. It just wasn’t for me.

“And I was realizing that it was pretty terrible to be sitting in silence with someone who you always used to have something to say to”

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Rating Report
Overall: three-half-stars