Review: SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson

since you've been goneTitle: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Print copy bought
Buy Links: Amazon | B & NKobo | TBD | Indiebound

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?

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?

My Review:


Why did I want to read this book?

I was really pulled in by the idea of this to-do list that Sloane left Emily. They sound amazing, by the way and I couldn’t wait to find out the stories behind each item, because I knew there were stories to tell. Plus, I can’t help wondering what in the world happened to Sloane.


What worked for me?

This book just clicked for me on so many levels. I love the list. I already mentioned that above but I have to repeat so that you’ll truly know how much (lol). It was such a great (granted not original anymore but still awesome) idea and setting for a story about friendship, self discovery, and of course, romance.

I love the friendships that were shown throughout the story, not just between Emily and Sloane but with the rest of the gang or the crew or whatever you want to call it. I just loved how each piece of the story got everything rolling into this awesome whole. I love the subtlety that the author employs when it comes to not just character developments but also key plot turns. I think the subtlety makes them more powerful and gives the readers that much more impact.

The way author Morgan Matson was able to use flashbacks in order to incorporate Sloane, who is, in the present timeline, M.I.A., into the story but still retain that organic and smooth-flowing story-telling was really amazing. Great, great job for the author. The build-up was great.


What did not work for me?

I can’t actually say which specifically because it will be a major spoiler. Suffice to say, I had a very minor issue with a reading pet peeve of mine that was tackled in the story. This only became an issue because of a technicality but since the author did a great job addressing this one, I was able to let this one slide and still give the book my full rating.


My over-all take on it?

This was an awesome first-read of Morgan Matson for me. I was so excited to read this book, like really, really excited and I was so happy that this book met all my expectations and did turn out to be a great read for me. I have another Morgan Matson novel lined up on my TBR so I hope to get to reading another of her books soon.


My rating:

5 stars



About the Author:

morgan matsonMorgan Matson was born in 1981 and grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan’s three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW “Flying Start” book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012. It was inspired by her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book of 2012.

Her third book, Since You’ve Been Gone, will be published on May 6th, 2014.

Morgan’s work has been published all over the world, and translated into 10 languages so far.

She lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.

Connect with Morgan Matson:

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12 thoughts on “Review: SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson”

    1. I’ve been hearing that about Second Chance Summer but even though I know it’s gonna hurt and there will be tears for me, I still want to read it. Thanks Chrissi! 🙂


    1. Thanks, Danielle 🙂 I hope you’ll read it soon. This was such a great book to experience. I got my copy of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour so I hope I’ll get to read it soon. 🙂


  1. I just bought this book and I don’t read much contemporary but this one seemed compelling. I love your mention about the friendships because I feel like they sometimes come second to romance. I can’t wait to read it!

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