Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan MatsonTitle: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 449
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Link to Goodreads
Rating: four-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?

Since You’ve Been Gone always reminds me of the Kelly Clarkson song. As good as that song is, this book is better. I had seen so many good reviews for this book that I put off reading it. I know, makes sense, right? I figured it was going to let me down with how everyone loved it. I’m looking at you An Embers in the Ashes!

When I started reading this I thought it was going to be a mystery book considering that Sloane had all of a sudden disappeared. Then I thought it was going to be horribly sad with a conversation that Emily had overheard during a party. However, it was neither and I loved it. This story was about Sloane being the outgoing friend, the friend who took the lead and Emily feeling like she needed Sloane to do things. When Sloane all of a sudden disappears Emily is lost then a list shows up for Emily. The list contains things that Sloane wants her to accomplish.

It is a very endearing story about finding out how strong you are and how you can overcome fears if you put your mind to it.

There is a bit of a romance, yes, however it is not the main focal point of the story. The story is about finding yourself, figuring out what you can do and the friends you make along the way. This is a book that I think the praise is definitely worth it.

Review: The Lies About the Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Review: The Lies About the Truth by Courtney C. StevensTitle: The Lies About Truth Published by HarperTeen on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Link to Goodreads

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.
As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

It has been awhile since I have read an eArc of anything. That is mainly due to the fact that I have slowed down my reading and figured that it isn’t fair to the authors or the publishers for me to request ARCs that I won’t get to in a timely manner. However, when I saw The Lies About the Truth, it called to me. I’m glad it did because while this book had its flaws in my eyes, it was a good story.

There is a lot of loss in this book between friends. The loss of a friend and the loss of friendship. They are trying to find ways to heal everything and become more of a whole that they once were, individually and also as a group. Sadie is the main character and she was in the car accident which took her best friend, Trents, life. Max was also in the car and Trent was his brother. Sadie and Max have the accident in common as well as healing from their wounds and the lasting effects of it all so they have their bonding. Their relationship seems pretty solid.

The other two friends, were the cause of the accident and are trying to find a way back to Sadie.

The story developed pretty well. I didn’t care about the “surprise” about Trent because I believe it’s a bit overdone in books recently. I thought the story was better towards the end and during the road trip. When Sadie finally was opening herself up was when everything got better. It felt slower in the beginning but I’m glad I went through it.

This wasn’t a light read in the slightest but it wasn’t as heavy as you would expect with the topics at hand. Don’t judge this book by its cover!

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Book to Movie: The Duff


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