Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

by Morgan Matson

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | May 6, 2014 | Hardcover

Since You've Been Gone is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone 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 with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442435003

ISBN - 13: 9781442435001

Found in: Friendship

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Suuuuuppppeeerrr cute summery read. I love how even with the romance floating through the story, Morgan Matson really focuses on friendship and being comfortable with you are. In this case Emily is the definition of shy and with her best friend Sloane gone she figures she's in for one lonely summer. Obviously that turns out not to be the case, Emily slowly starts to break out her shell well making friends with some unlikely allies. The flashbacks to some key moments in Emily and Sloane's friendship shows how Sloane was the driving force. And well I thought their friendship seemed pretty solid I was happy to see Emily become herself without Sloane. There was the Emily Sloane was trying to groom her to become and than there was the real Emily. Still shy but comfortable and secure without being timid. And Frank, perfect geeky good guy. Collins the comedian. Dawn was a great girl until she wasn't. Her actions at the end of the book were shady. All in all a fun read.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I liked the book, I found it to be a quick easy read I liked everything on list and how she went about doing them.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book! Everything about this book was perfection! I am much past the Young Adult stage, but I still loved the story and the characters and found this to be a very good, happy feeling read, and I still miss the characters. I picked it up as an easy enjoyable summer read not knowing what to expect exactly; I was not disappointed! If you are even considering this book, read it!! Then go tell everyone else about it so they can read it too!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This story was fun, cute and sweet. This story was fun, cute and sweet. I wasn't particularly emotionally involved but I was interested in the mystery of Sloane's whereabouts. Wow, that sentence makes me sound really old! I am many years out of high school so maybe I'm wrong but these characters seem awfully sweet and innocent for 17 year olds. I seriously kept thinking that they were 14 or 15 then I would remember that they were going into senior year! Are kids these days really that inexperienced and good? In my day we certainly were not! *shakes fist like a crotchety old woman*
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite contemporary reads! Emily finds herself navigating the summer before senior year alone with out her best friend, Sloane. The ever confident, carefree beautiful girl who brings Emily out of her shell, they're two peas in a pod who share every minute together. But Sloane is gone, yet with no explanation she is sent a letter of things to do during the summer. Emily is determined to finish it all just so she can have a clue as to where she is. Since You've Been Gone is a memorable friendship book. Full of tears, laughter and adventures, both Emily and Sloane will remind you that no one is perfect and life is better with a friend by your side. I wish there were books on friendship that had everything in a tiny package, and this was the one exception that had it all. This was probably one of the cutest friendships I've ever read before. It felt so real and true. Even though we don't see much of Sloane, I felt like she was there. The introduction of all the boys felt so crazy because they all came at the same time. The random looks they gave each other leads you to believe something else is up. So the little clues were a good lead-up to the ending. There is one part where I wasn't a fan of..The cheating aspect..I don't know what the result of that was, but I'm guessing they forgave each other. Ahaha my favourite part was chapter 12, the skinny dipping dare was the funniest and so brave of her. *hugs book* I can't even begin to form words for a review. This is the cutest book about friendship, a bit on family and a cute romance. There's nothing better than reading about an introvert who is super shy and just so happens to have an extrovert best friend. This is one you want to talk about with your own best friend. Definitely buying a copy so I can add it to my collection.. What a start to 2015, a 5/5 book already :) Morgan Matson has a way with story-telling that makes me want to go and grab all her other books because she is becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors right now! Run, don't walk and get this book, you won't have any regrets.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! If you are a fan of Jessi Kirby be sure to read any of Morgan Matson's books!! Since You've Been Gone has to be a perfect mixture of friendship, romance and learning about your identity. These are some of the reasons why this is definitely another favorite contemporary reads of this year. I loved Second Chance Summer because her characters feel so real and connect with with what they are going through. Matson writes so strongly that the story will instantly pull you in and with her new release about friendship. Emily is shy, and nervous around boys when we first meet her in the beginning. When Sloane left without telling Emily, she leaves her with a list that Emily must complete that are out of her comfort zone that she must force to challenge in her life. They force her to face head on and also to grow. That is one of the reasons why I loved this book so much because it's about personal growth and how to improve on what you want to change. Emily also had a little help with the list with Frank Porter. The romance was so sweet and adorable! Frank is also dorky and sweet that once you put him and Emily together they were hilarious! He liked to push her out of her box, but was also there to support her when she needed the help. All the other supporting characters were great because you got to see Emily experiencing new friendships. Her family is also very quirky because they are writers but I thought they were fun parents who supported their daughter. You also get to see her friendship with Sloane also grow when flashbacks of the past came but it also helped her grow into the person she is by the end. Since You've Been Gone was a great read! Morgan Matson has become one of my favorite YA contemporary writers because she makes it worth reading since it is addicting how fast you can read it. The book is about friendship, growing up and changes that can happen to anyone. It will make you laugh and cry that you will fall in love with the story! Can't wait to read what Matson writes next!!
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! If you are a fan of Jessi Kirby be sure to read any of Morgan Matson's books!! Since You've Been Gone has to be a perfect mixture of friendship, romance and learning about your identity. These are some of the reasons why this is definitely another favorite contemporary reads of this year. I loved Second Chance Summer because her characters feel so real and connect with with what they are going through. Matson writes so strongly that the story will instantly pull you in and with her new release about friendship. Emily is shy, and nervous around boys when we first meet her in the beginning. When Sloane left without telling Emily, she leaves her with a list that Emily must complete that are out of her comfort zone that she must force to challenge in her life. They force her to face head on and also to grow. That is one of the reasons why I loved this book so much because it's about personal growth and how to improve on what you want to change. Emily also had a little help with the list with Frank Porter. The romance was so sweet and adorable! Frank is also dorky and sweet that once you put him and Emily together they were hilarious! He liked to push her out of her box, but was also there to support her when she needed the help. All the other supporting characters were great because you got to see Emily experiencing new friendships. Her family is also very quirky because they are writers but I thought they were fun parents who supported their daughter. You also get to see her friendship with Sloane also grow when flashbacks of the past came but it also helped her grow into the person she is by the end. Since You've Been Gone was a great read! Morgan Matson has become one of my favorite YA contemporary writers because she makes it worth reading since it is addicting how fast you can read it. The book is about friendship, growing up and changes that can happen to anyone. It will make you laugh and cry that you will fall in love with the story! Can't wait to read what Matson writes next!!
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book had me holding my breath until the end. It was so amazing and it made me happy! Overall, Since You've Been Gone was one of those books where you want to read again and again!
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and meaningful Sloane was the best thing that ever happened to Emily. Before Sloane, Emily was invisible. Then Sloane moved to town and suddenly Emily was making epic memories with a new best friend. When Sloane disappears without a word at the beginning of summer and a strange to-do list comes in the mail soon after, Emily sets her mind to complete the list, convinced it'll have some clues to her friend's whereabouts. This was my first Morgan Matson book but after this one, I've already bought her other two books. This was a great book for summer, had some really nice friendships, and shows a lot of character growth for the main character. I felt a connection to Emily. Some of the things on her list are things I would also never consider doing without the right push. I really liked getting to know Sloane through flashbacks and learning more about her reasons for certain numbers on the list. Attempting or completing items on the list gave Emily a chance to meet other people, make new friends, and grow as a person. The way the growth was slow made it feel natural, which can be hard to pull off. The side characters were all so distinctive. Beckett, Emily's little daredevil of a brother was a charmer; Frank, the boy determined to help Emily with her list was so sweet and it was nice to see the love interest be the class president instead of star football player; Dawn and Collins were both completely out there in ways that had me grinning when they appeared. On the outside it looked like it would be an easy, light, quick read, and it was a quick read because I didn't want to put it down, but it turned out to be a young girl's journey of breaking out of her shell and how easy it can be to define yourself based off someone else, be it a boyfriend, friend, parent, sibling. I also really liked the playlists that were included throughout the book. I definitely want to look up some of those songs. If I had one slight complaint, it was that the ending felt a little too fast but the rest of the book made it easy to forgive. * I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Since You've Been Gone was the kind of slow build up book where it comes to a certain point that you realize you haven't moved in hours and you are devouring the book. It had a slower start for me, but once Emily started taking on the challenges the Sloane had left her, I was desperate to find out more. I had all of these theories of where Sloane might have gone or who she was, her and her family were in the Witness Protection Program and lived a life like Mary-Kate and Ashley in Our Lips Are Sealed was the most popular one by far. I loved the list that Sloane left Emily though. Some of the items on the list were so vague I was beyond curious to find out what they meant. And when I did find out, I loved how personal they were. Since You've Been Gone isn't your typical "list" type of book, where the main character methodically checks through a bucket list. All of the tasks Emily takes on are personal and challenging in certain ways. They force her to face life head on and she grows so much. I think that's one thing that I loved so much about this book was the immense personal growth that Emily goes through. And yeah, she had help through the list and through Frank, but it was truly all Emily. The romance was beyond sweet! Frank was dorky and adorable, and the two of them together were hilarious. He pushed her to step outside of her box, but did it in a way that wasn't over bearing and pushy, it was just a friend supporting her when she needed it. All the other characters in the book were so well fleshed out, and it was a blast experiencing new friendship with Emily. I loved her family, quirky as they were and thought having Emily's parent's as play writers was awesome. Basically everything in Since You've Been Gone was brilliant. Morgan Matson has become a force to be reckoned with in YA contemporary, and her look at loss in this book was a fresh look at something I thought had been over done before. It was all about personal growth, new friendships and opening your eyes to something new.
Date published: 2014-05-06

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Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

by Morgan Matson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442435003

ISBN - 13: 9781442435001

Read from the Book

Since You’ve Been Gone 1THE LIST The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks. I wasn’t at home to get it because I was at Sloane’s, where I had gone yet again, hoping against hope to find her there. I had decided, as I’d driven over to her house, my iPod off and my hands gripping the steering wheel, that if she was there, I wouldn’t even need an explanation. It wouldn’t be necessary for her to tell me why she’d suddenly stopped answering her phone, texts, and e-mails, or why she’d vanished, along with her parents and their car. I knew it was ridiculous to think this way, like I was negotiating with some cosmic dealer who could guarantee this for me, but that didn’t stop me as I got closer and closer to Randolph Farms Lane. I didn’t care what I had to promise if it meant Sloane would be there. Because if Sloane was there, everything could start making sense again. It was not an exaggeration to say that the last two weeks had been the worst of my life. The first weekend after school had ended, I’d been dragged upstate by my parents against my wishes and despite my protests. When I’d come back to Stanwich, after far too many antique shops and art galleries, I’d called her immediately, car keys in my hand, waiting impatiently for her to answer so that she could tell me where she was, or, if she was home, that I could pick her up. But Sloane didn’t answer her phone, and she didn’t answer when I called back an hour later, or later that night, or before I went to bed. The
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From the Publisher

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone 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 with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

About the Author

Morgan Matson was born in 1981 and grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and obtained Theater/English degree. Following college graduation she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children. Morgan's first book, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour published in May 2010, was inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. Her book, Second Chance Summer, won the California Book Award and named A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2012. Matson is also the author of best seller Since You've Been Gone.

Editorial Reviews

"After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, I’m placing Morgan Matson on my list of Authors Whose Books I’ll Always Read."