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Since You've Been Gone
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Um...
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Wait ... what?
OMG this book is actually amazing. I satrted reading it and i jst thought howmuch fun it is and how much i want to be like the main character Emily! It's got romance and drama and makes me wh=ant to laugh and cry at the same time. I would definitly reccomend reading it. xxx
Really enjoyed this young adult coming of age story. Emily's best friend Sloane, has disappeared without a trace, until a mysterious letter arrives for Emily. It is from Sloane and she has written a list of challenges she wants Emily to do in her absence.
It is only now, Emily realizes how much she relied on Sloane. Emily was Sloane's shadow, basking in her glory.
When Emily starts crossing off the different challenges, she realizes things are changing for her, for the better, until her feelings for Frank start to change.
I absolutely loved reading Since You’ve Been Gone. This is definitely one of my favourite YA contemporary books I’ve ever read. I loved every second of reading it. I think one of the things I loved so much about this book was just that it was a really easy, cutesty read. I wasn’t worrying constantly about whether certain characters would make it to the end of the book alive, which was relaxing. I was hooked from the very beginning and I could hardly bare to put this book down. It was absolutely stunning.
The characters in this book were all dazzling and unique. I loved spending time with all of them. Emily really grew as a person in this book. At the start, she would be constantly thinking of what Sloane would do. She wasn’t very confident and all she wanted to do was to complete the list, which she was hoping would lead her to Sloane. But during the novel, Emily became a braver person who was confident to talk to new people, make friends, and do things she never thought she’d do before. I loved watching her grow and confront her fears. By the end of the book, she was such an independent, outgoing person and I wouldn’t be able to recognise the old Emily if I hadn’t watched her become this new person before my very eyes. I like how she didn’t feel as though she needed to be with Sloane the whole time in the end and how she started to live as her own person. This journey I went on with Emily is definitely a journey I’ll remember for a long time.
I also loved the little time I spent with Sloane. There were some scenes in this book written from the past. I enjoyed reading them and seeing how Emily and Sloane got along. Sloane had such a vibrant, bubbly personality. She was so confident and she would push Emily to do things outside her comfort zone. I cannot explain how much I loved all the characters in this book. Frank, Dawn, Collins, Emily’s brother, Benji… They were all amazing people to spend time with. There were some really funny parts in this book, and also some extremely cute parts. I laughed, I cried… Everything about this book was perfect.
Another thing that I loved about this book was the plot. I liked seeing how some things that were mentioned early in the book were brought back into it later. People we met before often came back into the story. The things Emily had to do for the list was really amusing to read about. I really had fun doing these things beside her.
I only found one bad thing about reading this book, but I guess it’s not even a bad thing. But… this book made me crave summer. Really badly. Where I am right now, it’s winter. In this book, the characters were on summer holidays. They ate ice-creams, went to the beach, went to parties, and did so many other fun things that people do in the summer. I found myself wishing it was the end of the year so summer would finally be happening in the part of the world I live in. I even started writing a list of things I’m going to do over the summer. Nothing like Emily’s list from Sloane, but a list nonetheless. Minus the bit about kissing a stranger. And minus the bit about skinny dipping. I’m craving the warmth. I could almost feel the heat seeping through the pages of the book. I could almost taste the sweet summer breeze. I could almost feel the heat of the asphalt seeping into my feet. The descriptions in this book were utterly breathtaking.
Overall, this book is one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I can’t even find a proper fault in this book, that’s how amazing it is. It’s absolutely beautifully written, the characters are stunning and I completely loved the plot. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a cutesy contemporary!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
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