Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

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Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared, leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete. With unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781442435001
Call Number: TEEN F MATS
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Since you have been gone


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OPL_KrisC Sep 04, 2018

This book is essentially a journey about a teen finding herself and learning who she really is with or without her best friend. For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman.

Jan 06, 2018

Characters 101:

SLOANE- quirky, adventurous, and strange. she mysteriously disappears without any notice or
trace, leaving her best friend Emily completely bewildered
EMILY- as Sloane's best friend, she is naturally concerned when Sloane doesn't turn up for
days on end. when she finds the list that Sloane leaves for her, she finds the inspiration
to complete the list by the end of the summer in hopes of Sloane's return
FRANK- the new and charming boy that Emily encounters over the summer while on one of
her runs. Frank convinces Emily to 'teach him' how to run.
COLLINS- the socially awkward and quirky friend of Frank. He hangs out with the group and is
always the humorous addition to every situation (especially skinny dipping)
DAWN- the pizza place employee that is kind, caring, and supportive of Emily.

Jul 13, 2017

Love Morgan's book. Just read the Unexpected Everything.

Apr 09, 2017

this book is so good! i totally recommend to anyone looking for an awesome entertaining book.

ArapahoeKati Feb 07, 2017

Love Morgan Matson! Her characters are believable and well-written.

Sep 27, 2016

loved the book. but I cant really call it a YA book. If your looking for a quick read then this is the book for you. it took me about 2h to finish. other than that It made me cringe and laugh so... pretty good.XD

Sep 10, 2016

After the emotional, raw ride of The Underside of Joy, I needed something light and fluffy. Thankfully, this fit the bill without being annoyingly sweet or sappy. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised that the story focused as much (possible more) on the themes of friendship and understanding yourself when the lens of how others see you is removed than it did on romance.

This one hit me personally, because while my best friend never disappeared on me back then (thank goodness- I'd have been more of a wreck than Emily was), she did exit my life as adults, without explanation or warning. Life is, basically, a lack of closure, but it's difficult when your rock drops out.

Emily felt very real, as did Frank (which, honestly, I think I went to school with Frank, although he was called Kevin back then and he was the king of the IB/AP courses). There were some bizarre and larger-than-life characters, but considering this is a contemporary YA, they served their purpose of adding color to the environment.

Overall, it was a sweet and swift read, pretty much perfect for summer. I recommend it for fans of YA contemporary stories, although I may be the last person in North America to have read this.

Aug 11, 2016

This book was definitely a ride. It takes unexpected turns that keep it interesting. Ever since Sloane and Emily became friends, Emily has always been in Sloane’s shadow. When Sloane suddenly disappears and a list turns up to Emily, she is sent on a journey to discover the meaning. Emily faces challenges that she would never do alone, but she is determined to get her best friend back. Friendships are made and broken, along with Emily finding herself falling for someone. Emily discovers how to be a more independent person and will no longer be the shadow of someone else. This is definitely a book that I never wanted to put down. The author, Morgan Matson did a fantastic job describing and relating to the struggles that teenagers can go through in friendships and relationships. No detail was missed to keep this story going. Would recommended this to anyone 13 and up who love a good, juicy teenage story. I would give this a 4.5 out of 5.
- @maplereads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I absolutely adored this book! I was so immersed in it that I finished it in a day, despite my mother's complaints that I read too much. But this book was honestly more enjoyable to read than John Green's Paper Towns, which I found myself comparing it to on a couple of occasions. In a summary, Emily receives a To-Do list from her suddenly missing friend, of things for her to do that she would usually never do. This was a beautiful book about self-discovery, with a bit of romance kindling below the surface. I would recommend this to anyone above 12 years of age, as it is very relatable and touching. 5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This was a really interesting, fun book to read. It had the perfect combination of romance, mystery and humor. I loved the fact that it showed how powerful and important friendship can be, and the different ways it can be portrayed through different types of people. It was also a really fun novel because the main character reminded me of myself, and her best friend reminded me of my childhood bestie. The whole book took me back to the good times of our friendship. Overall, this was a great book for some light reading, something that I would highly recommend for my fellow teens! 4.5/5 Stars
- @activistreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

What a fun and enjoyable book! This is a light read with strong messages about friendship and gaining confidence. The main character Emily is relatable and down to earth as she spends her summer making her way through a list of tasks that take her out of her comfort zone. We see her character go through a realistic amount of character development and gaining confidence as herself. This book even inspired me to dare to try new things. The settings were vividly written and captured the feel of summer and Emily’s picturesque town. This is a book filled with summer adventures and even a little bit of romance. I would definitely recommend this book. 5/5
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 28, 2016

I really enjoyed this young adult romance novel. Emily is devastated when her best friend Sloane leaves town without a word. They have been inseparable friends and Emily is lost without her. Then a letter arrives from Sloane setting out challenges for Emily to complete, things she would never have dared to do without Sloane by her side. As Emily works her way through the list, she realises her confidence is growing, she is making new friends and life is improving, until her feelings for Frank change.

Dec 13, 2015

Since You’ve Been Gone is about a shy, teenage girl named, Emily, whose best friend, Sloane, had disappeared at the beginning of summer. Her best friend left her a list of tasks for her to complete. In order for Emily to find her best friend, she had to complete a list that Sloane had left for her and by the end. Each task on the list, took Emily on a new adventure where she learnt to take risks and become more care-free. During her summer without her best friend, Emily meets new friends who help her complete the list.
I loved this books for so many reasons. The first reason is that Emily was a very relatable character. She relates to people who are shy and who never step out of their comfort zone. When she was scared and too shy to face her fears, the feelings she had were so relatable to many teens who are struggling to step out of their comfort zone.
Another reason why I really enjoyed this book was because of how every adventure Emily went on was so interesting and very intriguing. While reading this book, I so interested in knowing how every task would end and how Emily ended up stepping out of her comfort zone and become more courageous. I couldn't put the book down, it was so intriguing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventurous books with a little bit of romance.

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Jul 30, 2015

“He looked right at me as he gave me a half smile. "You're the brightest thing in the room", he said. He lifted his hand from my waist, and slowly, carefully brushed a stray lock of hair from my cheek. "You shine".

Janina_13 Aug 12, 2014

"There was that tension between us again, but it wasn't the shimmering, angry kind that had been there before. This felt like the way you get nervous right before something exciting happens - the moment when you're balanced on the top of the roller coaster, the hush before the surprise party, the second after the diving board but before the water, when you can close your eyes and imagine, just for a second that you are flying. The feeling that good things are coming, almost here, any moment now."

Jun 11, 2014

“I somehow knew that the particulars didn't matter. She was my heart, she was half of me, and nothing, certainly not a few measly hundred miles, was ever going to change that.”


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Apr 09, 2017

Other: there is a scene where the enter a pub with fake id and lots of underage drinking

Jun 14, 2014

Other: There are a few instances of underage drinking and one skinny dipping scene, but none of these are explicit.


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JCLEmmaF May 26, 2014

Emily's best friend has disappeared, leaving behind a to-do list for her to accomplish. The list forces Emily out of her comfort zone, from being shy and awkward to becoming more confident and playful. It's not about being a rebel- it's about trying new things, making new friends, and discovering where the little things can take you. It's about not simple existing as someone's sidekick, it's about living.

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