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Since You've Been Goneby Morgan Matson
Synopses & Reviews
Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour.
Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend — someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Wait... what?
Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her — and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter — who knows what she'll find.
Go Skinny Dipping? Um...
"Emily Hughes's best friend Sloane has disappeared without a trace — Emily has called, texted, and driven by her house, but it's as though Sloane and her family have ceased to exist. Then, one of Sloane's famous 'to do' lists mysteriously shows up, with 13 directives for Emily, including 'Kiss a stranger,' 'Go skinny-dipping,' and 'Dance until dawn.' In Sloane's absence, the list — full of things she knew Emily would find fun, but a challenge, too — defines Emily's summer, helping her meet new friends (including cute Frank Porter), come out of her shell, and find a way to hang on to Sloane. Despite the novel's missing-friend hook, Matson (Second Chance Summer) primarily focuses on Emily's progress with the list (the resolution of the question 'What happened to Sloane?' is the weakest part of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable story). Matson's characters feel like familiar, comforting friends, even Sloane, who readers glimpse in periodic flashbacks. It's a sweet, leisurely read with a title that, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, begs to be shouted out loud. Ages 12 up. Agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A winning blend of touching moments, memorable characters and situational humor takes readers to a surprising revelation at the story's end." Kirkus
"Readers will root for Emily....A thoroughly enjoyable book with a terrific romantic subplot and an ending that ties up the loose ends believably and satisfyingly." School Library Journal
About the Author
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.
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