Tuesday, December 1, 2015

REVIEW--Since You've Been Gone

There are some authors that I just can't keep on the shelf in my library, and Morgan Matson is definitely one of them!  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is NEVER in the library because word is always spreading about it.  But I recently read Since You've Been Gone and think it is my new favorite Matson book!  Check out my review!

  • Realistic/Romance
  • Standalone book
The Gist:
Emily and Sloane are a package deal.  But anyone will tell you that Emily rides on Sloane's coattails...everyone notices Sloane and then notices Emily behind her.  When Sloane and her parents disappear, Emily feels completely lost.  But then Emily finds a list of tasks that Sloane has left for her and she believes that if she completes the list, she will find where Sloane and her family went.  But the tasks aren't easy.  Skinny dipping?  Kissing a stranger?

What I Loved:
  • The characters!  Frank, Collins, Dawn, Emily--there was so much depth to all of them.
  • I loved the organization/chronology of the book.  The chapters are organized by tasks with various flashbacks thrown in.
  • All of the characters were fully explored.  There were no "weak" characters.
  • I was completely wrapped up in the plot.
  • At first I didn't like Sloane, but her character pulled through for me by the end. 
What I Didn't Love:
  • The title...Kelly Clarkson, anyone?
A really enjoyable read for me--so much to love in this one!  I don't always enjoy realistic but this one really grabbed me--5 stars for me!  And tomorrow I'm sharing a fancy pants outfit that Emily might have worn to a gala!