Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 6th 2014)
Paperback: 449 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?


Every time I see the title of this book I can’t help but sing along to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Since U Been Gone” despite the title being slightly different. Anyways I adored the concept for the book. Sloane leaves a list of things for Emily to do during the summer, after she mysteriously disappears from Emily’s life without an explanation and Emily is reluctant about doing these things. Which I can totally understand because skinny-dipping? Yeah…not really something I would want to do either. While it does seem like a bucket list story, it’s not exactly a bucket list story because no one finds out that they have some kind of terminal disease.

Enter Frank Porter, who is the last person you’d expect to complete these crazy tasks with Emily. He’s just incredibly neat and by neat I don’t mean like he’s neat because he’s clean. I mean he’s too calm at times and well put together, almost like too good to be true of a person. Then there’s the fact that he’s always constantly correcting Collins Emily’s name whenever Collins gets it wrong. Super cute that he knows her. I really loved the build up between these two characters. It wasn’t too slow or too fast, but it was agonizing to wait for them to finally see them kiss. Like ugh I need more kissing scenes between these two because there wasn’t enough.

Aside from the romance there were two other things I liked about this novel: the friendship that was built among Dawn, Collins (who didn’t see Dawn and Collins coming?), Frank, and Emily and also Emily’s character development. The friendship rocked. I love it that unexpected friendship happens, but it totally sucked when stuff happened between Dawn and Emily. I felt that Dawn should’ve been more forgiving towards her and really want to know if they mend their friendship in the end.

Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favorite reads. It’s cute, full of fluff, and also pretty quick despite it being a 400+ page book.

Favorite quotes:

That night, in the darkness, sharing our secrets and favorite pizza-topping preferences, he’d moved closer to just being Frank – maybe, possibly, even my friend.

My breath caught in my throat. People said those kinds of things about Sloane – not about me.

Author: Jackie

11 Replies to “Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson”

  1. until now, I still sing Kelly Clarkson’s song every time I see this book (like now, for example. lol). I LOVE Frank Porter. Throughout the novel, I was honestly torn between shipping him with Emily or not just because he’s in a relationship! I also love the friendship! I really like how this book perfectly balanced out friendship and romance!! Great review!

    1. Yeah I kind of had a problem with that too in the beginning, but I did like the chemistry between him and Emily. Also, felt bad for the other because of this.

  2. I haven’t read this yet but am super keen to check it out!! Wonderful review xx

    1. I hope you get to read it soon.

  3. I reeeeally really need to read this book! Though I already have it, I didn’t have the chance to pick it up yet but I definitely plan to do it soon. Loved your review!

    1. lol yeah it’s been on my shelf forever and I hadn’t gotten the chance to read it because of all the other books.

  4. This was my very first Morgan Matson book and I LOVED it!! Great review.

    1. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Her other book (Second Chance Summer) is also really good as well.

  5. I need to read this guy soon! It’s seriously sounds so cute! Glad you loved it, Jackie!

    1. It was super cute. I hope you get the chance to read it soon.

  6. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book Jackie! It was a fun contemporary but it also had that substance with the friendship too. Lovely review!

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