Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

Hey guys! Last night I stayed up to read Since You’ve Been Gone (I basically don’t sleep… total insomniac over here) and it was such a cute story! It follows Emily, who is super shy, who’s best friend has just up and disappeared. Emily thinks she’s been left behind, until she gets a list… 

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?

Aww, you guys this book was just too much cuteness. It was a bit like paper towns, with the whole disappearing and clues thing. I really love the whole concept of this… a good mystery without anything being too dark, or cynical. Although, at one point I was thinking Sloane must be in the witness protection programme or something… so many theories running about in my head!

I honestly loved Emily so much. I feel like I could really relate to her. She’s so shy and unassuming, in the shadows of her larger than life best friend. I just felt like she was such a real character, and everyone can respond to her. And she doesn’t want to be anything different, and she doesn’t want to change anything about herself and I just find that so goddamn perfect. Basically Emily is perfect, and her character development is perfect, from how she starts by relying on Sloane, to realising that she can be her own person… gah. I just can’t even explain how much her character means to me. Go read it just for her. 

And then there’s Frank… he is so adorkable. He gets off on wordsearch’s and sudoku people!!! And he’s smart, caring, the student body president… this book is basically a testament to all things right with the world. Matson makes sure her leading guy isn’t a cocky, beefed up alpha (although ain’t nothing wrong that.. love a good alpha) but a thoughtful and kind guy who goes out of his way to save frogs. FREAKING FROGS!! He’s so damn brilliant. I love how Emily and Frank get to have a real connection, before there is any romance involved, like I really felt like they were friends beforehand. Instalove be damned! All about that slow burrrrrn, baby. 

And I loved Sloane. She wasn’t really in the book that much (since she disappeared and such, yano) but there are cleverly interspersed memories which help to understand Sloane better, and I really felt for her character. At first I thought she was going to be a total biiiitch, but I really ended up liking her and understood her motives.  

All in all, this book is completely heartwarming, with the bonds of friendship being the centre of the story. I was scared it would be eclipsed by the potential for the romance, but it still remained about Emily’s search for her best friend. This book has made me feel all the feels, people! I love it!! 

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