Thursday, 5 March 2015

Book Review - Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance.

Published: July 3 2014

Pages: 449 pages (Paperback Edition) (Simon & Schuster Children's)

Read: February 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

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?

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?

Book 7/60 - 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

I am not a Realistic Fiction reader. I simply do not read Realistic Fiction, not really. But yet, I read this book because it intrigued me. Why?? Well first there was all those great reviews spinning around and I couldn't scroll through my goodreads or blogs or booktube without seeing 5 star reviews everywhere. Then I read the blurb, posted above, and I though hmmmmm, this sounds interesting. Then I started seeing this book in the shops and well, isn't it gorgeous!! Like that cover is just.... It makes you feel all happy and wanting ice-cream. Yup it has that summer feel to it. The book was also quite chunky which I was extremely grateful for because most realistic fiction books are quite slim. So yes, I then had the dramatic situation of craving to buy this book and being on my Project 10 Book ban but I went what the heck as all of you possibly know already.

So I read this book and was I happy about doing so?? Damn ya. This book was amazing!!! I am hoping on this hype train and driving it all around the world because I loved this book (and that is coming from someone who does not read Realistic Fiction as stated above). Most of the books that I have read from this genre I simply get bored with, like its everyday life and problems being put out in front of you and itr just gets boring but not one time was I bored with this book. I actually dreaded coming to the end because I wanted it to keep going. 

Morgan Matson has a fabulous writing style. There is just something there that wanted me to drop down on my knees before her and praise her for the way she writes. This is actually the first book which I've read from Morgan Matson and you can be sure that I will be reading other books from her especially with her new book coming out next year. I'll be watching you book!!! But yes, her writing style is fabulous and so interesting that I just loved reading this book. 

The characters were brought to life in front me, practically. I felt so much for Emily, for Sloane, for Frank, for all of time. I was literally so attached to these characters I was getting so involved in the situations they were going through. For those of you who have read the book, you know damn well what I was feeling and what I wanted to happen with a certain few. 

The plot line behind the story was perfect. It was just so good. Like I have never read anything like this before, and I've never heard the concept either but honestly, I don't think anyone could have done it better than Morgan Matson. There were so many hidden little messages in this book that I loved. The lists, the friendship, everything in this book was just perfect.

And I know I am gushing everyone, but I have a right to. So go ahead and read this book so you can gush with me, or if you have read this book, why aren't you gushing with me yet??? 

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  1. Im starting this book right now and youve got me super excited for it! <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

    1. Yay!!!! I hope you really enjoy it :)

  2. Great review Sarah! There is a lot of hype around this book and that's why I've been waiting to read this one. I read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and absolutely loved it so I know I will like Since You've Been Gone but I'm waiting until summer and also trying to low my expectations because every time I read a book that is hyped, I tend to dislike it LOL

    1. I haven't read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour yet :p But I'm sure it is amazing!! And you will definitely love this book!!! :)
      Haha I needed some summer in my life earlier so I just read it :p
      Awww I hate when that happens :'( Hopefully you will love this book and it's more than you expected :)
      Thank you!!!