Sunday, August 14, 2016

Emily + Sloane

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Who else here thinks of the Kelly Clarkson song when reading this title? I know, I do.

I’m posting early this week because I will be dwelling in a wifi-less place for a few days and therefore, will not be able to post. Now you may or may not have heard of this author’s name before but in the YA world it’s a popular one. This is the first book of hers I have read and it definitely lived up to the hype.

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? Um...

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?

I LOVE Matson’s writing style. It seems so natural and the conversations are realistic. The overall story was smooth and at almost 500 pages was surprisingly easy to read. It was cute and funny and ugh, just so amazing. I would highly recommend this book to get you out of a reading slump.

Matson’s characters were normal people which I really appreciated. I related to something in each of them and I wasn’t expecting that. It didn’t seem like Matson was trying too hard or over writing them. The main character, Emily, has amazing character growth throughout the book as do many of the supporting characters.

Language: Mild

Alcohol/drugs: There is beer at a party, two main characters each have a glass of wine and the main character get tipsy once.

Violence: None

Sexual Content: Some kissing

Spiritual Content: None

Currently Reading: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

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