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review 2016-08-20 15:52
Since You've Been Gone Review
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Wow. This book was so amazing! I fell in love with the characters as soon as I met them. The way Matson writes is INCREDIBLE, I was quickly hooked on the story and it kept getting better as the book progressed. The plot of this book was easy to understand and follow throughout the book. The words flowed so nicely and smoothly, it was an easy read. The only con I can think of about this book is that some of the chapters were really long, but that's a matter of preference. I also give an A+ to the character development. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good friendship/adventure story.

 

-SH

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review 2015-03-23 08:25
Since You've Been Gone
Since You've Been Gone - Mary Jennifer Payne

This book was not what I expected at all. For me it mostly came short on believability for there was none.

 

I didn't hate it. It was a very quick read and not uninteresting but it had problems, especially once you started to think about it.

 

Edie and her Mom have been on the run for the last five years. In a hurry, they leave Canada for England (where her mother comes from anyway, so if you really wanted to move somewhere where they wouldn't look for you, why not go to Italy for example). She goes to a new school, but the first girl who talks to her is a bit weird and a nerd so Edie's mean to her. We were supposed to like her?

 

Edie on school is portrayed very inconsistently. One moment she's being bullied, then she's kind of bullying herself. She seems to have gotten some friends who are no longer mentioned in the whole rest of the book as soon as the far-too-obvious love interest appears.

 

When her mother doesn't return from her work one day, Edie goes on a quest to find her. Strange people show up at her apartment (making you wonder exactly what they are on the run for), but going to the police apparently is no option. Especially in this new city, where Edie doesn't know anything. At all. 

 

It's only a short novel but there's a lot cramped in it. This made it feel rushed. Why three stars you ask? Sometimes it's hard to explain but if you just read this book superficially it's okay, it's not a bad YA mystery. And I always like books set in London. My advice would just be not to think too much whilst reading it.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-26 13:04
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Publication: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

 

Goodreads Synopsis

 

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one 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. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

 

Review

 

5 out of 5 stars!

I am in love with this book and at this point, I vow to read every Morgan Matson book ever published. She has this way of writing something that is about adventure, friendship, and romance. She makes such a cute story without it being too cheesy or very unrealistic.

I loved how the plot focused on completing a list and was super pumped to see how Emily would do them knowing that she never had the confidence to do any of it. I also loved the idea of the exchanging of playlists found in this book; I think it added more color to their adventure.

I can really relate to Emily’s personality. She’s very shy, socially awkward and was overshadowed by her best friend’s fame. Like her, I used to be referred to as *insert best friend’s name here*’s friend. I was laughing most of the time with the way she reacted to different situations around her because I know that it was exactly the way I would act if I were in her position.

It was really fun to watch her grow out of her comfort zone and be her individual self. She put herself out there so much throughout the book and I felt so proud of her.

This definitely was not about Sloane and Emily’s friendship but rather it was about Emily’s self-discovery. It was really a fun journey to see her doing all of these crazy and fun things, and also about the new people she befriended along the way.

I loved everything about this book! The first two chapters were a bit slow-paced but damn, power through it and you’d find yourself not wanting to ever put this book down. Highly recommend it. It’s the perfect summer read (even though I read it sometime this January).

 

Review also posted on my Goodreads account

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review 2015-01-26 02:10
Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
Since You've Been Gone - Mary Jennifer Payne

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Mary Jennifer Payne

Genre: YA Fiction

Publisher: Dundurn Group

Publication Date: January 24, 2015

Format: egalley via Netgalley

 

Synopsis

 

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

My review (published at Read, Run, Ramble):

 

Thank you Dundurn Group via Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of this book!

 

The synopsis for Since You’ve Been Gone grabbed me and I was quite intrigued to give the book a try; however, it didn’t work for me.

 

The book is short, but very rushed because of it. So much about the story and the characters didn’t get developed well due to the rushed nature of the writing. Yet, at times, I found myself skimming several pages at once due to information and detail that I felt was significantly unnecessary.

 

The main premise of Since You’ve Been Gone is indeed a great one – a mother and daughter are running from a past they can’t seem to outrun no matter how hard they try and when the mother ends up missing, Edie (the daughter) takes it upon herself to solve the mystery.

 

While a few side plots are fun and needed in any story, the author tried to fit way too much into this short novel. In addition to the main topic, Payne also tried to fit in bullying, racism, and sexual assault, among other small issues. The story constantly jumped from one issue to the next and nothing received the attention it deserved really. Some of these topics were shoved into the story in a way that made everything feel disjointed and confusing – the racism and sexual assault scenes are short and really offer little (if anything) to the story.

 

I never connected with any of the characters, including the main character. Again, I think the rushed nature of the novel probably led to this – there just wasn’t time in the novel to develop the different characters in the story.

 

Finally, I’ll touch on the ending just a little. Typically, I try not to put too much expectation into how an author ends a book because it is their story, their characters, and their ideas. However, this one ended abruptly and left me disappointed. Once again (broken record here, sorry) it was so rushed that it didn’t get the attention it deserved. So, it wasn’t really the way it ended, it was more how it was handled that left me wishing for more. It ends with a fairly intense situation that gets covered in a couple of pages at most.

 

In summary, I think this novel had so much promise and I think the author has the writing skills and potential to write a great novel. This one just didn’t get there in my opinion.

 

I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.

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review 2014-12-19 17:55
Since You've Been Gone Book Review
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

I'm feeling so conflicted about Since You've Been Gone. While I really enjoyed at some points, especially towards the end, I completely hated most of the beginning. The character is clingy, obnoxious and rambles way too much for my liking. In short, I think a big part of why I didn't like this as much as others is that I might be too old for this teenage coming of age novel.

 

Without warning or any notice, Emily's best friend Sloan is gone. Her family has disappeared and her house is empty for the summer. All that's left is a list of things that Sloan has left for Emily to complete. With the help of new friends Emily tried to conquer her fears and figure out what exactly happened to Sloan.

 

Like I said, Emily comes off to me as very obnoxious and somewhat naive. She's incredibly young and way too clingy to people. Half of this book felt like her rambling on about what others might be thinking of her. While she does have character development I very much wanted to give her a slap on the face.

 

I know a lot of people like this author and will most likely enjoy this book. But for me its not a favorite.

 

Audiobook: Disliked very much in the beginning but probably because she pulls off that obnoxious voice of a teenaged girl a little to well. It did grow on me much like that of the plot and actual book.

 

 

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