4 Stars, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Young Adult

Review – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

PicsArt_06-07-05.29.51.jpgTitle: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Age Classification: Young Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Paperback

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;

  1. Kiss a stranger
  2. Go skinny dipping
  3. Steal something
  4. Break something
  5. Penelope
  6. Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke
  7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona
  8. The backless dress. And somewhere to wear it
  9. Dance until dawn
  10. Share some secrets in the dark
  11. Hug a Jamie
  12. Apple picking at night
  13. 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?
Leave a comment with your answers!

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

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