I know, I know another Morgan Matson book but she is seriously one of my favourite contemporary authors and in the summer I love to read as much contemporary as I possibly can! Being a Morgan Matson book, I knew it was going to be cute and heartbreaking and that is exactly what I got! I have to admit I got very excited to learn that the protagonists name is Amy and I instantly fell in love with her, I’m still waiting for my Rodger to whisk me away on a road trip!
This book follows the story of Amy, who has to drive her mothers car across country after her mother decided to move but the only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own.
Matson was able to create not only an intricate plot, but she also made you want to read more. I couldn’t but this book down! Not only is the storyline beautiful and heartfelt but so is the book itself with pictures and tickets which helps make it look more like a scrapbook which I loved and plus I’m always a sucker for Matson playlists as well!
Matson’s characters are always something I look forward to reading about as they are all so easy to fall in love with especially Amy and Roger who were such likeable characters; you just can’t help rooting for them. I seriously need more of them. Their character development was another aspect I enjoyed as both Amy and Roger came such a long way in overcoming their fears, grief and other obstacles. She goes in deep within their back story and helps us understand them better. Even though the book is written from Amy’s perspective, we still end up knowing and understanding Roger.
My only issue with this book is the fact that you don’t find out what happens after the road trip, it just ended and I need more! But the ending was just perfect and it just shows how far Amy came while on the road trip. It’s clear that I loved this book and it’s easy to award it 5/5 and recommend to anyone looking for a cute and easy read!
I have heard many good things about Morgan Matson and finally picked up one of her books; I wasn’t disappointed!! Since You’ve Been Gone is a classic girly contemporary which leaves you in a good feeling after reading it – it’s just so cute!!
Sloane and Emily are best friends. Sloane is very outgoing and a social queen while Emily is more of a wallflower. This summer they plan to do everything together but when Sloane mysteriously disappears, leaving only a list of tasks to complete over the summer. Emily must try and complete them all as well as trying to find her best friend.
The lovely thing about this book that it isn’t all about romance but it’s mostly about friendship! Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about a good romance, but I think friendships are so important and I love reading about the bonds between best friends.
The storyline is perfect and I quickly connected to Emily and I would totally freak out if someone gave me a list and disappeared!! I felt like I was right there with her, feeling everything she was – when she first discovered Sloane had gone when she went to the party in The Orchard alone when she got to know Frank and realized her feelings might be a little more than just friendship. She just seemed so real, so normal, and I think I would genuinely be friends with her. Since You’ve Been Gone was an amazing read, one that I’m sure I will revisit in the future. Complete with playlists throughout the novel (which you should make and listen to while reading because it just makes it that little bit better!) this book is perfect! I can’t wait to read more of Morgan’s books!!
So to finish off, I’m going to give you a list to complete over the next year and hope that it inspires you to either make your own list for a friend (but don’t disappear) or read the book!! So here it is…
1. Break something
2. Learn at least one new thing each day
3. Dance until dawn
4. Give unwanted toys to a Children’s Hospital
5. Conquer a fear
6. Meet someone new!
7. Write and keep a journal!
8. Take time off and drive across the country
9. Laugh for five minutes every day
10. Sleep under the stars!
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!