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Since You've Been Gone

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Meagan Campbell

on 5 June 2015

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Transcript of Since You've Been Gone

Other Books by Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Picture this: two best friends who do everything together. Sloane and Emily were always together, one was never without the other. That was, until the day Sloane just disappeared.
Sent in the mail, Emily receives a list from her M.I.A best friend. On it, thirteen things Emily would never even dream doing without her best friend. But it may just lead her to Sloane, and it's a risk worth taking. Plus it may just be Sloane's way of getting her shy best friend out of her shell.
Main Characters
Emily~ This novel is based around Emily's best friend Sloane disappearing. After Sloane leaves a to-do list for Emily to complete by the end of summer, you get to follow Emily around for the summer, and you get to experience her life with her. You learn all of her secrets, and feelings.
Sloane~ Emily's missing best friend. We learn that Sloane was always the adventurous friend who pushed Emily to go out of her comfort zone.
Frank~ Frank doesn't even know who Emily is before Sloane goes missing, but that changes very quickly once summer begins.
Supporting Characters
In this book there are quite a lot of supporting characters. it seems as if no one is just in the book for a page or two, they always have a bigger roll throughout the whole entire book. Some of the supporting characters are; Emily's brother, Beckett, Frank's best friend, Collins, Gideon, Sam, and so many more. All characters are important in this novel, however I feel that Emily, Frank, and Sloane are the three main characters.
The List
The most interesting thing in this book is the list Sloane leaves Emily. It contains 13 tasks to be completed by the end of summer.
1. Kiss A Stranger
2. Go Skinny Dipping
3. Steal Something
4.Break Something
5. Penelope
6.Ride A Dern Horse, Ya Cowpoke
7. 55 S. Avenue. Ask For Mona
8. The Backless Dress and Somewhere to Wear It.
9. Dance Until Dawn
10. Share Some Secrets in the Dark.
11. Hug A Jamie
12.Apple Picking At Night
13.Sleep Under the Stars
I just love the idea of leaving a list behind, that could possibly lead Emily back to Sloane. It's so different, unique and mysterious. The list seems so weird when you don't know the back story of their friendship, but in the end it all makes sense and comes together
About the Author
Morgan Matson, born in 1981, is 34 years old. She grew up in New York, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Since You've Been Gone
by: Morgan Matson

Summary of the Novel
Interesting Points
This book touches on so many aspects about friendship, it taught me a lot. First off, I admire Emily's loyalty to Sloane. Her determination to finish the list, even when she doesn't know if it will lead her back to her best friend. However, you also see how Sloane cares for Emily because she sends a list to her to push her out of her comfort zone, which leads for Emily to have the best summer of her life.
Should You Read It?
Yes, I would recommend both this book and author. Typically, if you like mysteries you would like this book. If you like adventures you'd like this book as well. I'd recommend this book more towards girls, but boys could also love it as well.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and I think this author has amazing interpretation on teenage life. I'm happy with the novel I picked for this project, and I will be reading the rest of the books by this author.
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