Monday, 2 June 2014
Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
My overall thoughts and review: I LOVED this book so much. It was so intriguing right from the beginning and I literally devoured it in one sitting. It was so fascinating to read a book where the main focus was friendship and it actually stuck to that throughout the entire book. It was so lovely to read Emily's journey from the beginning, where she was honestly scared and lost without Sloane and seeing how much she shined towards the end of the novel. It was such a beautiful story about friendship, growing up, accepting one self, just simply a beautiful coming of age story. The writing is delightful and Matson just created such well-rounded characters that you just instantly fell in love with. I loved Emily, Frank, Collins, Dawn, Beckett and even Sloane. I could have easily read a hundred more pages about these characters and I did not want the story to end. I loved how the list items really pushed Emily to conquer her fears and I loved how it wasn't easy little tasks that could be completed all in one day. It took place over the entire summer and it was just so nice to read the lead up to the task, the accomplishment and of course, how Emily grew as a person from each task on the list. Music also had a big part in the novel which was enjoyable! I even added a few Porter recommended songs to my iPod ;) Overall, I really enjoyed this. It was a beautiful story about friendship, family and love and it is seriously one of the best contemporary YA books I have read in a while. I highly recommend it. (Also, the cover is stunning and the dust jacket on the inside is SO pretty!)
Rating of the book: 5/5 stars.