This book = wonderfulness, loveliness and awesomeness, the list goes on. I laughed, I smiled, I thrashed my arms in the air and waved around like a crazy person, and I cried, cried, cried (or shed tears, for the most part). It's just... *sighs*...amazing.
The main character Emily's best friend Sloane disappeared at the beginning of the summer without telling her where she went and where she was going. This was utterly shocking to Emily because they did and have been doing everything together for a very long time. They also tell each other everything, as far as Emily knew.
(Spoilers-ish up ahead.)
About two weeks after her disappearance, Emily got this letter form her --- more specifically a list. It has a list of things Sloane wants Emily to do before the end of the summer. Since Emily have no other lead as to where Sloane could possibly be at, she decides to do her best to complete the list hoping that it'll eventually help her find Sloane. And it did, in the end. I was so glad she did, because I was starting to worry that she wouldn't. ( Since the book only had less than 50 pages left, and I was like: wait, how is Morgan Matson gonna pull that off? But she did. However, I wished Sloane could've appeared earlier or stayed longer... :( )
So, as the summer went by, Emily meets new people, like Frank Porter (as Sloane puts it, "the most serious guy we've known," which Emily later found on out can be fun to be around, as well), Collins (the best friend of Frank, who, btw, is a super awesome guy and a great catch, despite what he and some others might think), and Dawn.
All of it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the list. I feel like I can personally relate to Emily because she's shy and doesn't usually feel comfortable to step out of her comfort zone. Although, like many others I think, wants to. And as the story went on, Sloane as well, especially when she revealed why she left without saying anything. I personally have moved a lot in the past, and like Sloane, leave and have lost friends each and every time. I mean, I still try and keep in contact with some of them (ones I have the phone numbers of anyways) but it just isn't really the same as being able to hang out and talk to them anytime. It's hard saying goodbye sometimes. I remember this theme, if it is a theme, from Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Amy & RogerÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s Epic Detour,Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? as well; Roger said he never says Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??goodbyeÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? in a conversation, no matter what.
Despite the fact that I was mad at Sloane for making Emily feel so terrible, and thinking why she would even think of doing something like this to her, I ended up really liking her in the end Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? mostly because I knew exactly where she was coming from. Plus, I also think she wanted Emily to have a great summer, even without her and thatÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s really nice and sweet of her Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? thinking about Emily and try and challenge her to do things outside of her comfort zone. Sloane is truly a fantastic best friend. (*Sighs* I wish I can have Sloane as a bestie. WouldnÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??t that be nice?)
Something I also disliked was the fact that Frank didn't tell Emily about what he had really wanted to say before she cut him off. Now thinking back on it, both Emily and Frank weren't really putting each other in the other person's position. It just really bothers me how they didn't even try to communicate and get things clear up when they both knew they had things to say to each other --- especially Frank.
(Spoilers ends here.)
I really, really liked and enjoyed reading Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Since YouÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??ve Been GoneÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? by Morgan Matson. ItÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s an absolutely fantastic read Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? especially for the summer. Young adult and contemporary lovers will most likely (very likely) like (or love) this book. ^.^
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by Beryl Anderson