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Since You've Been Gone Hardcover – May 6, 2014


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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442435003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442435001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Emily is bereft when her bubbly and energetic best friend, Sloane, leaves without saying goodbye at the beginning of what should have been the best summer of their lives. Sloane was the one who planned their adventures and befriended everyone they met, and Emily is feeling more than a little lost when a letter arrives from Sloane containing a list of tasks for Emily to do over the summer. Hoping that the list contains clues to Sloane's whereabouts that will become clear as she crosses items off, Emily tackles the challenges, making new friends, overcoming her fears, and gaining confidence as the summer goes on. Readers will root for Emily as she gets a new job, skinny dips, uses the fake ID Sloane got for her, crashes a wedding, and kisses a stranger. Though marred by a few leaps of logic and the occasionally clunky turn of phrase, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book with a terrific romantic subplot and an ending that ties up the loose ends believably and satisfyingly. It will appeal to readers who loved Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005).—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

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Imagine the ominous stillness of waking up one day to find that your best friend and constant companion is suddenly gone—family and all. Emily and Sloane shared every thought via text ever since Sloane moved into town, and Emily became the faithful sidekick to her fearless personality. Now, without Sloane as her navigator, Emily is stuck with no friends, no job, and no plans, with only her self-absorbed playwright parents and adventuresome younger brother, Beckett (one of the many literary references sprinkled throughout the narrative). Then a to-do list arrives in the mail from Sloane, and Emily begins a transformative summer that she hopes will lead her to her friend. In Matson’s gentle portrayal, Emily’s completion of the list propels her to participate in her own life, stand in no one’s shadow, have a voice, and value that which makes her whole. The author of Second Chance Summer (2012), among other titles, creates a time-and-space experience for teens that might actually interrupt their social-media convos until they’re finished reading. Grades 7-12. --Gail Bush

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I loved the characters and how the story was told.
Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
Emily's best friend Sloane is just gone one day at the beginning of summer vacation, and she leaves Emily a list of things she wants her to do.
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In a well-ordered universe, you all would’ve read this book by now and have fallen in love with it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on March 22, 2014
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Emily's summer plans are all thrown into disarray when her friend Sloane disappears. Emily is used to being known as Sloane's friend. Following in Sloane's wake lets her take part without having to put herself out there. Sloane is the brave one, the one who can make every day seem filled with excitement. Sloane and Emily have been friends since ninth grade.

Shortly after Sloane's disappearance, Emily gets a letter from her which gives her a list of things to do. They had exchanged such lists before. But before, the lists always ended with instructions to find the other and tell them about the adventures. Emily decides to complete Sloane's list in the hopes that it will tell her something about where Sloane went.

Emily never expected to find herself and her courage by doing so many things that scared her. From kissing a stranger to dancing all night, Emily has an action-packed summer. She also gets to know Frank Porter along the way. Frank is the All-American, class president, over-achiever from their high school. Emily didn't think he even knew her name. She also makes friends with the girl who works at the pizza place next to where she has her summer job and Frank's best buddy Collins too. The four of them spend the summer hanging out and checking off the items on Emily's list.

This was a fast-paced wonderful story about growing up and learning who you are. I loved watching Emily face her fears and learn to face the world without Sloane breaking the trail for her. It was a great story about friendships old and new. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on April 13, 2014
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I adore everything Morgan Matson writes and SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is no exception. When Emily's best friend Sloane and her family suddenly disappear from town, leaving nothing behind but a list of 13 random things for Emily to accomplish, Emily is lost. Her most recognizable trait is that she's Sloane's friend, but now that Sloane is suddenly gone, Emily doesn't know who she's supposed to be. And the list? Sloane was always sending Emily off with lists of dares, but, now that Sloane is the one that's gone, Emily's only hope is that the list will somehow lead her to Sloane, wherever she is. Emily is determined to accomplish everything on the list, even the things she's terrified of, like riding a horse. With the help of the clean cut, perfect Frank Porter, Emily will cross all 13 dares. Over the summer, she'll conquer her fears, make new friends, let loose, and, unexpectedly, now that Sloane is gone, understand her in ways that she never did before.

I LOVE this book. At the beginning of the novel, Emily only defines herself in relation to Sloane, but, by the end, she's her own person. She becomes braver and more herself than she's ever been before. Her journey is really, really inspiring, but underneath all of that, Sloane and Emily have a really wonderful relationship that actually grows in important ways after Sloane mysteriously leaves town. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and, in this case, smarter.

One of my favorite elements of the novel was the look at family it offers. Emily's family isn't perfect, but she comes to realize how loving and enviable her home life is in comparison to many of her friends'. Sloane and Frank live in perfect houses and have traditionally successful parents, from the outside their lives look perfect to Emily, but she soon comes to learn that it really is what's inside that counts... that her messy, crazy, theatrical family is nothing to scoff at.

Now somebody write me a list of dares that will change my life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Irish of Ticket to anywhere on March 6, 2014
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I love Morgan Matson's books and have have been eagerly waiting for Since You've Been Gone since it was first announced. Since You've Been Gone is told in the style that you would expect from Matson with very real characters and issues and the pages just fly by. I loved Emily and related to her a lot as she embarked on her journey of finding herself after her best friend, Sloane, disappears. I enjoyed her new friendship with Frank, Collins, and Dawn. I especially loved Collins and his adorkable quirks and wish there had been more scenes with him. I also thought that Frank was really sweet and the opposite of every bad boy attitude filled male lead that seems to fill books these days. The plot was a cute contemporary as Emily attempts to check off various tasks sent to her on a list from Sloane. As such, Since You've Been Gone is a little less serious that Matson's other books. While there are issues and things that Emily needs to work on they aren't as soul hitting as say the events in Second Chance Summer. My only real complaint is that it was over too soon and there were still some story threads that felt a little unfinished. Overall though I think that fans of Matson's books will enjoy this one as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kdrama Addict VINE VOICE on June 18, 2014
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SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson hits that sweet spot in my heart that I reserve for authors like Sarah Dessen and Katie McGarry. This is the first book I've read by Morgan Matson, and I know that I'll be reading her previous titles soon.

I admit I expected to be disappointed in Sloane as a character. In the back of my mind, I kept wondering if everything about her friendship would be as fake as her house. (Which is exactly what I should have been thinking, because Matson knows what she's doing. Minor spoiler incoming... Emily couldn't see that she was as important to Sloane as Sloane was to her, and neither could I. Not because I'm an idjit... I still maintain it's because Matson is a genius.)

I really enjoyed watching Emily come out of her shell and grow as a character. I loved Frank and Collins and Dawn (kind of a plot thread left dangling there at the end with Dawn and Emily, though). And I loved Emily's family. But mostly, I love finding another YA author whose work I am unashamed to read, even at the ripe old age of 35 (apparently that Slade article touched a nerve...)

Emily commits to finishing each task on the list Sloane leaves her, sure that it will somehow lead her to Sloane. Instead, the list leads Emily to herself.
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