Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: May 6, 2014
It is Summer break and Emily Hughes was looking forward to spending the break with her best friend Sloane, except Sloane Williams and her family have disappeared leaving nothing but a to-do list with 13 tasks;
- Kiss a stranger
- Go skinny dipping
- Steal something
- Break something
- Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke
- 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona
- The backless dress. And somewhere to wear it
- Dance until dawn
- Share some secrets in the dark
- Hug a Jamie
- Apple picking at night
- Sleep under the stars
It is a somewhat crazy list but Emily sets off to check each one off in hopes that it will lead her to Sloane. Emily seems to think she is no one and cannot ‘live’ without Sloane guiding her and this list definitely pushes her outside her comfort zone. Along the way she makes new friends – Frank Porter, Matthew Collins and Dawn Finley – who all have their own struggles but seem to form a nice little friendship group.
The list creates a fun plot and provides plenty of opportunities for character growth, but the main character bothers me. I am not a fan of her attitude or some of her conscious decisions. I have morals that Emily does not seem to share and that made it difficult for me to enjoy this book as much as I have other Morgan Matson books.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I loved the plot and think it was a cute story, I just wished I liked the main character more.
Is there a book with a plot you love but the main character you do not?
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Until next time bibliophiles!