Since You've Been Gone's Unforgettable Story Of Friendship!
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a brilliant, fun read that will leave you hugging your best friend and never wanting to let go!
"Hey, you're friends with Sloane Williams, right?"
Emily is a teenage girl most people know as "Sloane's friend," and she's grown comfortable with that. Sloane is social, brave and everything Emily has always been too shy to be, even as Sloane desperately pulls Emily's arm, dragging her out of the shell she takes so much comfort in.
But at the beginning of what Emily thought would be an absolutely awesome summer, Sloane disappears. Her house is empty, her family is gone, and no matter how many texts and voicemails Emily sends to Sloane, her cellphone remains irritatingly silent.
Just as Emily is ready to give up completely, she receives a letter. It's from Sloane. Instead of an explanation as to where her best friend has run off to, Emily is given a list. This list contains thirteen challenges from Sloane for Emily to complete by the end of summer, and Emily is determined to finish every single one.
"9. Dance until dawn.
10. Share some secrets in the dark.
11. Hug a Jamie.
12. Apple picking at night."
Emily's summer becomes something she never expected as she stumbles her way through Sloane's tasks, hoping that, by the time she completes the last assignment, she might have some idea where her best friend went.
Some of these challenges are difficult and even scary to complete, but along the way, Emily makes new friends that help push her in the right direction. Among these friends is Frank Porter, the attractive, puzzle-loving do-gooder from school who's dedicated to helping Emily figure out the mystery behind Sloane's disappearing act.
Morgan Matson's Since You've Been Gone is a delightful read that is sure to warm you up this winter. Girls who have struggled with their own shyness will relate all too well with Emily's struggle to overcome her timid nature and take on the challenge of completing Sloane's list. Emily is a sweet, passionate girl and the perfect protagonist to cheer on.
"Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they're your friends."
Themes of friendship and love tie this novel together beautifully and make Since You've Been Gone the type of novel that will leave you shining with happiness from the inside-out. The romance is a marvelous addition, with a love interest who easily melts hearts and developing relationship so fun to watch you'll tear through the pages just to see what happens next.
We recommend this novel to teens of all ages who enjoy light-hearted reads and romantic stories. Grab your best friend for this one, girls, and be prepared to find yourself wishing for summer by the end!
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