Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. 
Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger?
Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.
Go Skinny Dipping?


The premise of this book wasn't as emphasised as I had predicted it would be. While Sloane's absence jumpstarted the book, it was really the list she left that gave rise to the story's actions.


I really enjoyed seeing how Emily gained her own group of friends after Sloane left. There were two scenes, one early on and one later, that contrasted how she had grown and changed.


I was very satisfied with the ending. It was a happy ending, which would normally mean that I don't like it; however, I thought that it neatly tied up all loose ends in a satisfying way.