I finally read a Morgan Matson book.


On to the review.

 Goodreads: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?


The story revolves around our main character Emily who is shy and Awkward.She has lived under the shadow of her best Friend Sloane up until one day when she mysteriously disappears with her family.Emily is confused and sad when she finds a list of things Sloane left for her to do.Circumstances lead her to a group of people she never thought she’d end up being friends with.


The plot of this book was what I think made it a brilliant book.The things Emily had to do were done in a humorous and unexpected way.Emily went off to do something in her list and ended up doing something entirely else.It was full of surprises and It made me laugh a lot.

What I liked most about it was that it gives us a message that we shouldn’t be very dependant on someone to make us happy.We should be our own thing,we should know how to handle ourselves without a constant support.

I loved the character development of Emily,and how she becomes this fun,happy,cheerful chick by the end of the book.

Friendship was the base of the book and it played out wonderfully giving us the message that sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone and try new things which may lead to unexpected friends.

Another thing about the book which I found creative was that it has playlists of songs which Frank and Emily listened to while running together.I have heard that all of Morgan Matson’s book has these types of playlists and other fun lists,which sounds really cool.


Since this book is about friendship,there’s little romance in it but still it’s really good.Our romantic interest is Frank Porter-who is Mr Perfect.

I liked Frank a lot actually,he is fun and kind and the kind of person who wants to save the world just because he feels obliged to do so.He is Funny at times,especially with his friend Collins who reminded me of Kenji from Shatter me.

The Romance building was slow and it was similar to Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins.It was actually very similar to the events at taking place at the end of the book but it didn’t bother me and I loved Since You’ve been gone anyways.

Rating: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.

I Loved Since You’ve Ben Gone,Did you?Tell me in the comments section and We’ll have a  chat!Also tell me which Morgan Matson book I should read next??

9 thoughts on “Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

  1. You need to read Second Chance Summer next. That one is my favorite by hers, and to be prepared: bring tissues because you might get emotional in it! All of her books are really good though

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