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    Since You've Been Gone (Simon & Schuster Childrens Books) (Paperback) By (author) Morgan Matson

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    DescriptionEmily's best friend Sloane disappears, almost without a trace - the only thing left behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that wallflower Emily wouldn't normally do, and definitely not without her best friend. But what if completing the list could bring Sloane back? Dance Until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um ...Go skinny dipping? Wait ...what? Emily only has the summer to check everything off Sloane's list. The question is, what will she find at the end of it?


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  • A Fun Realistic YA Contemporary Read: Perfect for the Summer5

    Kathryn Ryann Dannelly I really enjoyed this book, mostly because of how realistic the premise was. I’ve read a lot of YA contemporaries that are cute and entertaining but aren’t entirely realistic. Books where the characters go on these wonderful and dramatic adventures that aren’t really possible for most high school students.

    This book doesn’t fit into that category. It’s realistic.

    The adventures that Emily and her friends go on are adventures that your typical seventeen year olds could do. That’s why I enjoy this book so much. It’s a reminder that contemporary stories don’t necessarily need to be dramatized or glamorized to work well.

    The tasks on Sloane’s list aren’t ridiculous for teenagers to accomplish. Anyone could read this book and think If I want to be more adventurous, these are tasks I could actually accomplish.

    But outside of the whole premise part, I really liked this book. The writing was crisp. Emily was a great character. As were her friends. I think realistic is going to be the word I associate with this book because everything about it: her friends, her love interest, and the problems they all faced throughout the story were all realistic.

    Definitely put this book on your summer reading list, if you enjoy YA contemporaries. It’s light and fun (for the most part) and it’s set in the summertime. These things just add up to the fact that Since You’ve Been Gone couldn’t be more of a perfect summer read.

    So what are you waiting for? Summer is upon us. Get going and read it. And maybe you’ll even be inspired to create your own bizarre to-do list for a friend. by Kathryn Ryann Dannelly

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    A perfect summer read!5

    Stephanie My Summary: Sloane and Emily are the kind of friends you never see apart. For the past two years neither one has gone anywhere without the other, and the summer they have planned involved hundreds of sleepovers, mall trips, and days spent at the beach.

    But the first week of summer comes and goes, and Sloane is nowhere to be found. Leaving nothing behind but a list of thirteen tasks for Emily to complete, it seems as if Sloane disappeared into thin air. Without Sloane, Emily retreats back into her shell. What is Emily supposed to do without her best friend for the summer? And where could Sloane have gone?

    Then it hits her: if she completes the list, she may be able to figure out where Sloane went. What if Emily doesn't have what it takes to finish the list on her own? And what if Sloane doesn't want to be found?

    My Thoughts: I had so much fun reading this novel. Reading any of Morgan Matson's books makes me feel like I'm being told a story by one of my closest friends. Her characters are always extremely relatable, and she always catches and holds my attention from the very first page.

    I loved Emily, Frank, and Collins. And as we got to know Sloane through Emily's flashbacks at the beginnings of the chapters, you realized that she wasn't all that she presented herself to be. At first glance it appears as if the friendship between Sloane and Emily is one-sided - as if Emily needs Sloane around, but Sloane is indifferent - but the more you read, the more you realize just how much both girls needed each other, even if Sloane didn't outwardly appear to rely on anyone.

    This novel is one to look out for this summer. The moment I started I knew I wouldn't be putting it down until I was finished, and I was right. Without a doubt, one of my favourite reads of the year so far.

    Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary lit and to fans who loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour as well as Second Chance Summer. A perfect summer read! by Stephanie

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