Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

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I spotted this book on goodreads and knew I wanted to read it. Not only did it scream perfect summer read it appealed to me because of the excitement and adventure aspect.

I read this by the pool and it was a perfect holiday novel and yet I could still see myself curled up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate reading it again in winter. Despite the summertime feel that the cover has I would recommend it for all year round. It might even jump onto my reread list before the year is out.

Since You’ve Been Gone tells the story of Emily whose best friend has disappeared. Sloane’s house is empty and no trace of her can be found around the town. Emily finds herself lost with all her pre-empted summer plans slowly fading away, until a letter arrives in Sloane’s handwriting. Emily has been sent a list of tasks to complete, fears to conquer, fun to have and all from Sloane. Usually reserved Emily knows she has to make her way through the list as it will lead to Sloane and suddenly her summer isn’t so boring anymore.

This book investigates the importance of friendship and the development of oneself. Throughout the plot Emily grows as a character and individual, she become more adventurous, courageous and comfortable. All of the characters in the book are likeable and fun, most of them are relatable to people that the reader has known or has in their friend circle. As I read this book I pined for long summers once again and day’s with my friends.

The setting of the novel was beautiful throughout, home town, big family homes, orchards and an all-round relatable plot. I think this is one of the charms of this book, it has a realistic, coming of age and self-discovery feel.

This is the first book I have read by Morgan Matson, however it won’t be the last. I loved her writing style and felt myself getting lost in the plot. Her choice of vocabulary was conversational but sophisticated, complimented the characters and aided the fluidity of the plot. I enjoyed her writing and structure of the book, there was a continuous mystery around Sloan yet a fun filled vibe as Emily begins to complete the list.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads, I would recommend it to anyone wanting an fun filled novel centred around friendship and character development. There is so much more to this novel yet I think it is one of those plots that every reader will gain something different from.

If anyone has any recommendations for another book by Morgan Matson I would greatly appreciate it. Also let me know what you thought of this book too, did you enjoy it, hate it or recommend it?

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