“I closed my eyes only to open them once more, and make sure it was all still there – the riot of stars above me, this whole other world existing just out of reach.”
Lets start with this. Morgan Matson is a brilliant writer, and just like her first two, Since You’ve Been Gone doesn’t disappoint. It’s about friendship, discovering you and all things summer, it made me feel warm and fuzzy and miss my own best friend.
“But that was my best friend, the kind of girl your eyes went to in a crowd. While she was beautiful – wavy hair, bright blue eyes, perfect skin dotted with freckles – this didn’t fully explain it. It was like she knew a secret, a good one, and if you got close enough, maybe she’d tell you, too.”
Emily Hughes was shy and timid, and remained on the fringes of her own life, until she met Sloane Williams. Sloane was everything Emily wasn’t; she was loud, spontaneous, and a bit crazy. But having Sloane by her side got Emily noticed she was yanked out of her cocoon, and she dint mind being known as Sloane Williams best friend, it’s what she believed she was. So having Sloane disappear, no call, no note, nothing, shakes Emily’s world. Now all she has is a random to-do list, her last hope to find. And it’s a crazy list. Things, which even post-Sloane Emily, would never do. But she’s desperate, and desperate people tend to do crazy things. With unexpected companions, Emily takes a journey of self-discovery, with startling revelations.
The story, is both simple yet very gripping, following Emily as she tackles this impossible list, you see friendship. The real kind. And how we sometimes depend on people so much that we forget to find ourselves. When Sloane As the story develops and as Emily further discovers herself through the list, she begins to understand her friendship with Sloane better. The initial flashbacks are ones where Emily in a way idolizes Sloane, but as the story proceeds she begins looking at their friendship for what it was, all flaws included.
Morgan Matson has created strong characters, which are flawed in their own right and so believable. The way the friendships develop seems so natural and right, that you get sucked into the story and their lives wanting more. You will sympathize with Emily and feel her loss, you will want to be Sloane at one point, you will remember the time you were as talkative as Dawn, or as outrageous as Collins. And you will definitely want yourself a Frank Porter. He’s not your typical romance novel hero. He’s student body president always with a cause, he’s perfect and righteous and you can do nothing but love him because you know him, remember him in your very class with that calm confident smile and charm.
It was like swimming under the stars, like sleeping outside, like climbing a tree in the dark and seeing the view.It was scary and safe and peaceful and exciting, all at the same time. It was the way I felt when I was with him. “Like a well-ordered universe.”
There is so much to learn from this story and so much to feel. Since You’ve been Gone, sucks you in and when you get out on the other side a part of you has changed. The book was on my mind days after I put it down and inspired me to make my own list for my best friend.
It’s a brilliant read about friendship, identity, growing up and a summer of change, written in the most impeccable style, I can’t express how much this book moved me. It’s the kind of book you want to buy and re-read.