Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson | Book Review

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“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”

Sloane and Emily are an inseparable best friends. They do everything together, and they always spend the days with each other. Sloane’s personality is way different than Emily’s. She is daring, brave, bold, adventurous, and doesn’t mind having fun every once in a while. On the other hand, Emily has always been the shy girl, who’s afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, just to avoid embarrassing herself in front of people. One day, Slaone left the town without any explanation, a phone call, or even a text. Emily felt over worried because of Sloane’s sudden disappearance, so she started asking everyone if they knew about where her friend left, but of course they didn’t know anything. When Emily returned home after a long day, she found a list on the table from her friend Slaone. In this list, there’s thirteen tasks for Emily to do in this summer. Some of the tasks, is to hug someone, break something, dance until dawn. And the list goes on. Emily now has to challenge herself and do each task. However, Emily is determined to finish off the list, because she thinks that if she completed all the tasks successfully, then she’ll find Slaone. Will she find where Sloane went to, or why she left?

I didn’t really expect to like this book at all, because it was all over Instagram. But then I decided to read it, and when I began, I literally couldn’t stop. I love the premise of this book, because it’s set in summer. Also, the summer bucket list sounds so fun and exciting to accomplish. With each task Emily finishes, she somehow changes. Because she was in Sloane’s shadows, and Slaone always handled everything or started every conversation with strangers. But you can notice half way through the book that Emily stepped out of her comfort zone, and felt more confident instead of being self conscious. This summer bucket list changed Emily’s whole summer. She met new friends, and done so many things that she thought she would never ever have the enough courage to do them. It’s really one of those books that stays with you after you read it. Also, this book made me want to eat ice cream, make a bucket list, and have an unforgettable adventurous summer. It gave me all the summer vibes I need. A heartwarming, and an engaging book full of adorable, challenging, and unexpected moments. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

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